I am an only child. My mom was an only child. Although my dad has siblings, I only met anyone from that side of the family two years ago. Needless to say, I have very little experience with children, babies, and pregnancy. I’ve learned pretty much everything I know about pregnancy and child-rearing from my over-sharing and super helpful friends, movies, and of course, Dr. Google. For your reading pleasure, I present the top five pregnancy surprises I’ve encountered (so far):
1. Heart palpitations are somewhat normal. I thought I had acquired some kind of fatal heart problem when I first started having palpitations in the beginning weeks. That, or my anxiety had ramped up significantly and I was having panic attacks randomly throughout the day. Turns out all the extra blood pumping through my system, plus being dehydrated, is enough to cause them. They have gotten better lately, but I can still feel them every so often and they still freak me out.
2. The nausea is unlike anything else. I expected the nausea. How bad could it be?, I thought. “Morning sickness” is one of those things that comes with the territory, right? I felt so smug and proud of myself at my first OB visit when the midwife assumed I must be feeling awful and I told her with a smile that I was fine! Well, I got mine, friends. I had no idea that it would be so bad and that it is so poorly named. I feel fine for about an hour after I wake up and then everything goes downhill quickly. By the time I get home from work I just want to go to sleep so I don’t feel sick anymore. It is constant, unrelenting, and awful. Plus, I never knew before now what it was like to feel like puking AND to feel hungry at the same time. That is fun and confusing, let me tell you.
3. The nosebleeds. I have only had one actual nosebleed so far (at work, of course), but every single time I blow my nose, out comes a literal bloody mess. My doctor said something about hormones and extra blood supply and blahblahblah. I stopped listening when she told me it was normal and that I wasn’t, in fact, going to hemorrhage to death out of my face.
4. Acid reflux can be worse than nausea. I’ve never had acid reflux before, so when I kept experiencing a feeling of food being stuck in my esophagus and having it come up in burning burps, I didn’t know what was going on. Lately, this has surpassed the nausea in terms of discomfort and annoyance. It doesn’t matter what I eat, whether I’m standing, sitting, or lying down – it’s there. I’m hoping that Tums will do the trick and get this under control.
5. Not all pregnant women are weeping, emotional wrecks. Again, thank the movies for this stereotype. While I do know a few people who have experienced crying fits for seemingly no reason at all, this has not happened to me. And I’m normally a basket case who will cry at commercials featuring any kind of cute furry animal (bonus points for inter-species friendships), but instead my pregnancy hormones have placed me more at the, uh, ragey end of the scale. Anything and everything is irritating me even though I know it shouldn’t. I snap at people for no reason, I have horrible road rage, and I am generally not a happy pregnant lady (although some of this may be attributed to feeling like garbage every day for the past 9-ish weeks).
Did you have any surprising pregnancy symptoms?