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10 Things No One Tells You About Pregnancy

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Hello and welcome to the start of my new Youtube series: 10 things no one tells you about being a mom! The first part to this series is all about pregnancy and the aspects of pregnancy that no one talks about.

I was one of those individuals who didn’t particularly enjoy being pregnant. I was tired, I didn’t feel connected with my body, and there were a lot of aches and pains I can’t say I enjoyed. There were definitely great aspects of pregnancy, don’t get me wrong. I LOVED feeling my baby boy move inside me. But there were a lot of things that I wasn’t prepared for. You can watch the full video on Youtube, or continue reading below.

10 Things No One Tells You About Pregnancy

1. Abdominal separation (diastasis recti): is when your abdominal muscles separate in order to make room for the baby. This is a completely NORMAL thing, yet a lot of mom-to-be’s don’t know about it. The important thing to know about diastasis recti, is that you want to ensure that your abdominal muscles are returning to the correct spot following birth. If they don’t, it can cause problems for your pelvic floor in the future. It is also usually the main cause of the dreaded “mummy pouch”. Be sure to ask your healthcare practitioner to check your abdominal separation at your 6 week follow-up. If you need additional support, you can see a physiotherapist who specializes in diastatis recti to help you learn exercises to strengthen your core.

2. Change in posture: your posture changes dramatically during pregnancy. You are now carrying a whole other human being! Seeing a chiropractor during pregnancy can help with posture problems (and better align your body for childbirth). Additionally, your posture will not immediately go back to normal following childbirth. Your body will have gotten used to supporting your baby, so it is important to try adjust your posture often to help re-train your body.

3. Increase in resting heart rate: when you get pregnant, your resting heart rate will increase and remain at a higher level throughout your pregnancy because of the increased blood flow. If you wear a heart rate tracker, you will likely be able to see the jump. Note: this is not a reliable indicator of pregnancy – more of a fun little fact.

4. Increase in core body temperature: the increase in blood flow throughout your body, will also create a rise in core body temperature. (The increase is almost a full degree!) So don’t be surprised when you’re constantly ripping off extra layers or you find the typical summer heat to be suddenly unbearable.

5. Swelling: A lot of women associate swelling with preeclampsia – but that’s not always the case. In fact, it’s very normal to experience some swelling of the hands/feet/fingers throughout pregnancy. Lots of women (myself included) go up a shoe and ring size while pregnant, because your body retains water easily. And sadly, your feet/fingers won’t always go back to their original size!

6. Veiny chest: another result of the increased blood flow, is your chest/breasts can become very veiny. I remember around the beginning of my second trimester being utterly shocked to see my naked chest in the mirror. Totally creepy, but normal.

7. Gaining weight in unexpected areas: the obvious place to gain weight is your stomach and breasts, but each women carry their pregnancies differently. For me, my first thing to get bigger was my behind! You can guess how surprised I was at that.

8. Crazy hormone induced dreams: you probably know that your hormones may cause you to cry at the drop of a hat and be more irritable than normal. But what you may not know, is that it will also be the cause of some super strange dreams. My wildest pregnancy dream was when I gave birth and the baby “wasn’t ready”, so they put her back in…

9. Intense leg cramps: this was probably THE WORST thing I experienced during my pregnancy, and I still to this day don’t know why no one mentioned this to me. They are the intense, charlie-horse sensation that goes shooting through your calf (usually when you’re sleeping). They will send you flying out of bed and the only thing that will relieve the pain will be stretching your leg out. I sometimes felt the pain from the cramp lingering in my calf for days. Some people believe the cramps are caused by low magnesium.

10. Your belly won’t necessarily be round: I had always envisioned having a beautiful round belly during pregnancy. My belly was the furthest from round, as I had this weird flat spot on the top of my stomach. And depending on where baby likes to sit, your stomach may have random bulges from a butt or a head and be completely lopsided! It is still beautiful none-the-less, just in it’s own lopsided way.

These are the 10 things that no one told me about pregnancy that I wish I would’ve known before. I hope you found this list useful to you! What were some aspects of pregnancy that surprised you? Until next time. XX.

Check out the other parts of my new mom series:

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