I thought it was time for some more complaining.
What’s that? I’ve complained too much already? Well, if you aren’t mentally prepared for reading about pregnancy complaints and TMI, then turn back before it’s too late.
I’m prematurely saying goodbye to pregnancy. Of course, I am still pregnant: I made it to 35 weeks! I thought I’d do some reminiscing about the past several months…
What I will NOT miss about being pregnant (in alphabetical order):
Backaches: I’ve actually been quite lucky in that my back doesn’t hurt all the time. I just get stabbing pains in my lower back and sometimes a night of throbbing back and hip pain.
Bad taste: For months, no matter what I eat or how often I brush my teeth, my mouth tastes like rotten. Just an unrelenting nasty taste that never goes away. I hope it goes away after the baby is out.
Belly: I don’t really mind the look of my belly but I miss being able to move regularly. My belly isn’t huge but it’s amazing how it impedes just about every move I make.
Body hair: Of course, I had body hair before I got pregnant but I really think the extra hormones are giving me a surge that I don’t particularly want.
Bleeding gums: It’s not fun to bleed every time you brush your teeth.
Braxton Hicks contractions: I’ve been experiencing these since month two. They’re not painful per se, but they can be incredibly uncomfortable. Lately they’ve been getting stronger, more frequent, and more uncomfortable.
Breast enlargement: I just don’t like them like them. Am I the only woman out there who wishes her breasts could stay the same size? That would be small. It’s nicer when they don’t get in the way.
Breast tenderness: In previous pregnancies, the tenderness lasted through the first trimester and dissipated. I won the boobie prize this time around (haha!) though because the pain started a few weeks in and has yet to subside.
Breathlessness: I hate being short of breath all the time. I can’t wait to breath deep again.
Carpal tunnel syndrome: This has only happened a few times but the aching and throbbing in my arms and wrists makes me very sad for people who have to live with this condition day in and day out.
Constipation: This never happened in previous pregnancies. It’s not fun.
Cramps: This didn’t happen in previous pregnancies. I’m so lucky.
Depression: I’ve never had a problem with postpartum depression, but with this pregnancy I’ve discovered that antenatal depression is a real thing. It’s emotionally and mentally draining. I need my hormones back to normal so I can start enjoying life again.
Dizziness: Again, this didn’t happen in previous pregnancies.
Fatigue: I kept waiting for the second trimester burst of energy to come. It never did. I think my constant fatigue is preparing me for the sleepless nights ahead. I’m able to sleep pretty good but never feel rested.
Food Aversions: Just the thought of some foods in early pregnancy made me gag, as did the sight of them and certain sounds associated with food preparation. To me, this was a minor inconvenience compared to other stuff, but annoying nonetheless. Food aversions in my third pregnancy were actually much less severe than my first two.
Headaches: I’ve only suffered from a few headaches since becoming pregnant. I’m not sure if they were from extra hormones or just my regular allergies. Truth be told, the decrease in headaches has been wonderful, what’s annoying is not being able to take my usual quick fixes. When you know you can’t have something (advil), the more you want it.
Heartburn: I never had heartburn before the pregnancy. With my first, it started around month seven. It was unlike anything I’ve ever experienced. In my second pregnancy, the heartburn started in the second or third month. In this pregnancy, the heartburn started when I peed on the stick. Almost everything gives me heartburn, even drinking a few sips of water. Thank the lord for zantac and tums, which I chew like candy.
Hunger: Constant and relentless hunger, like a hole.
Hypertension: In my previous pregnancies, high blood pressure started in the third trimester. This pregnancy made it to 12 weeks before the high blood pressure started. It’s been very difficult keeping it under control this time, with lots of medication and lots of side effects from the aforementioned medication.
Leg Cramps: Now, I’ve had leg cramps before but nothing like those I’ve experienced during pregnancy. There are no words to describe them. Nothing like bawling your eyes out and then limping for three days straight.
Pelvic Girdle Pain: Never in my life have I experienced such horrible pain around my middle and hips. Walking is torture. This didn’t happen in my previous pregnancies.
Pubic symphysis pain: The cartilage that joins the pubic bone at the front is loose because of the relaxin hormone; the pelvis is widening to accommodate birth. That’s great except it’s extremely painful and, as above, makes walking torturous. This didn’t happen in my first two pregnancies.
Rhinitis: I heard that pregnant women can sometimes be extra stuffy and snotty due to inflamed mucus membranes. Now, due to allergies I’ve been stuffy and snotty since I was a wee child. I don’t know if it got worse in pregnancy because of the inflammation and extra blood flow or if it’s because I couldn’t take my allergy medicine. Either way, I feel and have felt like a 24 hour snot factory with no relief since October.
Round ligament pain: This very strange sensation of getting stabbed in the lower abdomen starting around the second month (as the ligaments holding the uterus stretch) will obviously not be missed.
Swelling: I didn’t swell much during my first two pregnancies, though my rings didn’t fit. In this pregnancy, I’ve never experienced such swelling before. Rings and shoes don’t fit and my feet/hands throb a lot.
Thirst: I haven’t felt hydrated since before pregnancy. When I drink water (or anything), it either causes heartburn or comes back up if I move the wrong way.
Urinary incontinence: Since the beginning, I’ve had to be very careful when throwing up!
Urinary frequency: With a baby sitting on your bladder it makes perfect sense that one would have to pee more often. It’s not that bad and I don’t even mind (too badly) getting up a lot in the night. What pisses me off (pun intended) is that feeling of urgency and then when you get to the bathroom, all you can show for your discomfort is a tiny trickle. What a huge waste of my time!
Vomitting: I found out I was pregnant on January 15th and aside from a few days of cramping I felt fine. I honestly thought my pregnancy was going to be easy and puke-free. Then on January 28th, I changed my mind. That was the day I started throwing up and I haven’t stopped since.
Weepiness: I’ve never cried so much in my life.
Weight gain: this pregnancy has shown me the real world of pregnancy weight gain. I’m the heaviest I’ve ever been in my life and I’m quite worried about my clothes never fitting again.
What I will miss about being pregnant (this list is a lot shorter):
Baby movements: Sometimes the baby movements hurt. Like when his feet are jammed underneath my ribs, or when a sudden movement strikes me suddenly in the crotch, bladder, or lungs. But from the earliest ticklish movements to these sometimes painful ones, I love them all.
Fingernail Growth: I’ve heard that pregnant women, along with faster hair growth, can sometimes have faster nail growth. I love my long strong nails. They’ve always been pretty strong but right now I’m loving how fast they grow.
Wow, that was a short list!
You can see why I have a hard time believing women who say, “I loved being pregnant!” So, to be perfectly honest, I’ve not really enjoyed my womanly pregnant body. I’ve had far fewer good days than bad. Aside from my short list up there, I don’t think I’ll miss having a baby in my uterus.
Having said that, I know I’ve been fortunate and I do count myself blessed.
But once this is over…we have to end our relationship for good. We can’t meet again, not even accidentally because I fear that my body would either implode or explode.
Tell me…did you like being pregnant?