HB is almost one year. Let’s celebrate early…

With a post about things they don’t tell you will happen to you during pregnancy and the first year of your child’s life.

When DH and I decided that we wanted to have a child, I thought that all I would have is a little bit of morning sickness (or major morning sickness), gain some weight, and have a bundle of love after 9 months. All of this is completely true. And, no matter what I write from here on out, believe me when I say that everything is worth it. I would not take back one single day of it. Not one sleepless painful night, angry morning sickness, or gallbladder removal. Anna is the best thing that ever happened to me. Ever.

You may be one of the lucky ones that never experiences one of these. But, for those who aren’t so lucky, I’m going to list items that happened to me (and friends) so you don’t feel like you are going through this alone:

During Pregnancy:

1. You may have fibroids.

Most of the time fibroids are not painful. You don’t even know they are there. Most of the time, fibroids just hang out in your body minding their own business. However, if you are one of the lucky few, you may get symptomatic fibroids that can cause pain and sometimes pre-term labor. You may have to go on bedrest. If this happens, follow your doctor’s orders. There are things they can do to make you feel a little less pain (but not much).

 2. You may get gallstones.

Gallstones can occur during pregnancy because of the hormones. These gallstones may or may not be symptomatic. Unfortunately, for me, one year after pregnancy, the gallstones started acting up and I couldn’t eat and had horrible, angry pain. One week before HB’s first birthday, I needed to get my gallbladder out.

3. You may get Hyperemesis gravidarum (excessive vomiting during pregnancy)

Hyperemesis gravidarum may lead to hospitalization. It is something to watch out for. Here is a link with information of symptoms and when to see your doctor: Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Post pregnancy:

1. You may lose your hair while breast feeding.

At 4 months postpartum, while breastfeeding exclusively, I looked in the mirror and realized my beautiful mane of black hair had started receding. It grew back. Now it’s straighter (less frizzy, Yay!) and fuller than ever. So, if you see your hair receding don’t panic. It happens and it will most likely grow back.

2. You may get stretch marks no matter what you do.

I used cocobutter and shea butter and every other butter under the sun. I still got angry, red stretch marks that circled my belly. A year later, the stretch marks have faded. They’re still there, they’re just not angry. They’re fading. I’ve grown used to them and, now, believe they are beautiful. They are a sign that my gorgeous child was once in my belly. It was her home. I cherish each one of them.

3. Your feet may get bigger.

It’s weird, but I’ve seen this on my birth board. Women’s feet get bigger during pregnancy and they don’t shrink back. Mine did this too. Don’t worry. This is something to celebrate. Now you can go out and grab some cute new shoes!

I’ll post more as I remember them, but these are just a few things that I have experienced. Please feel free to post your “surprise” pregnancy and post pregnancy below!

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