Five on Friday: Pregnancy Edition

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?

New Beginnings

Hello, friends! I thought it was about time that I look into updating my blog a bit, and because I am apparently technologically-challenged, I screwed up and accidentally created an entirely new one instead of just changing the name of my current one. Oops. Hopefully you will all update your subscriptions/follows/feeds (you know, all five of you).

So! Here is a brief explanation of how the new name came about (besides the fact that I was sitting at Panera during my lunch break and all the good names were already taken so I had to choose something before heading back to the office):

Read – Duh, I like reading. This has been my one consistent hobby throughout my entire life and I greatly enjoy getting lost in a good book (or any book, really). I read 50 books last year and hope to read many more this year, although I won’t be setting a goal. I felt a lot of pressure last year, constantly checking Goodreads to make sure I was “On track!” or “Ahead of schedule!” I’d like to get back to reading for pleasure without worrying about meeting a certain requirement.

Write – Well, I blog, so clearly I enjoy writing. I took that online creative writing class last year as an attempt to see if I would enjoy writing full-time, and while it was kind of a bust, I did learn that I need some practice. I’m toying around with the idea of going back to school (online) and getting my Master’s Degree in English, but I don’t know what I would do with it necessarily. I don’t really want to write a novel (despite the fact that my husband thinks this is my calling), but what else is there? Newspapers are virtually nonexistent these days, and I hear Editor jobs are few and far between (plus, I would have to work in the city and just the thought of the commute makes me want to cry). So, here I am, hopefully blogging more often!

W(h)ine – I like wine. I’m not a snob and I know very little about it, but I’ll drink pretty much any kind – whether it comes in a fancy bottle or a box. I had a wine tour a few years ago in Italy, and while I know the guide was fantastic and taught me and my coworker all of the differences between DOCGs and Supertuscans and Chianti and Bordeaux, all I can remember is that Chianti Classico is yummy. Also, a lot of things annoy me. I have a ton of pet peeves. I am not an easy-going, laid back kind of person. I am high strung and neurotic and stubborn. Hence, the w(h)ine portion of the title. This is especially going to come into play in the very near future as I will be blogging more about what it’s like being pregnant (alas, no wine). Yes, friends, that is my big pregnancy announcement (in case you can’t tell, I am also not much of an announcement person). It has been an, ahem, interesting journey so far, full of nausea and vomiting and various bodily fluids, which I am more than happy to share with you in case my experiences should come in handy for someone else.