The Weird Pregnancy Symptoms Nobody Talks About
One of the first things I noticed was hair growing on my belly. Everyone has little hairs all over, but my little hairs were getting extra long and it was super weird! The nice part was that in September I cut my hair really short, but my pregnancy made my hair grow so much and so thick! One of my favorite parts about pregnancy was how luscious my hair got. Now I have a postpartum hairloss baby hair CROWN and thin brittle hair that my babies like to rip out.........
I found this one super weird, and it's even weirder that they're all still there! Normal things were happening at the same time: my breasts were getting larger, I was super bloated every time I ate, I was having cravings. But when I laid in the tub I would look down and see new moles appearing almost every day. They would start out really light and get darker and they weren't large or misshapen, they were just like little dark freckles. Everywhere.
Only certain foods made me sick. Specifically spinach. I couldn't even have spinach in a wrap or sautéed, everything would always came right back up. I knew about morning sickness, but it's not just in the morning or once a day and it can really be specific to what & how much you eat. My morning sickness was so bad one day I felt like I was spinning all day long. I was 5 weeks along and went for a massage and the masseuse actually did some acupuncture behind my ears and I never had this motion sickness again besides when I ate spinach! Gross, but I also had a lot of mucus that would get so bad a thick I would choke and gag and sometimes that made me puke. I’m only sharing for the mamas out there, civilians beware, lol. But yeah, I would wake up choking on mucus.
Every. Time. I. Ate. It was crazy! My stomach sounded like it was telling a whole story! It was so loud I would record it and send the videos to my mom. Especially in the first trimester. By the third, Stefon was cramping my stomach like a fat kit in a bean bag chair.
In the beginning before I even knew I was pregnant, I was exhausted and constantly just wanted to sleep. I couldn't even function, sleep became a priority and I was getting about 16 hours of sleep per day and STILL tired! Green tea helped a lot.
Blood and oxygen levels
A baby takes 50% of your oxygen. So how much oxygen do two babies take?! A LOT. I could barely walk three steps without feeling winded. And that was in my first trimester. By the time I got to my third trimester I was constantly weak almost passed out in Michael's shopping one day. I would bake on the kitchen floor because I couldn't stand. The day before I gave birth I was 3cm dilated walking around Walgreens and I would put something in my cart and walk back to the pharmacy to sit in the waiting area - back and forth until my cart was full.
Round ligament pain
This one was a killer. I thought I was dying. Going into labor hurt less than round ligament pain. I was about 12 weeks along and the stretch of that ligament felt like my entire uterus was being forcibly removed from my body. I called my OB crying thinking I needed to be rushed to the hospital, but she told me to just take some Tylenol, apply a warm compress, and try to sleep. That was semi-impossible because I was due at a family event and therefore I was home alone and I couldn't even stand up to go get the Tylenol. Excruciating is an understatement. My baby bump had been pretty flat and concealable, but the next day, my belly was HUGE!
Fetuses get hiccups
Yup, they don't just kick! They get hiccups, too! And it feels super weird. The boys sometimes would even have hiccups at the same time. They're more like a consistent poke in one spot rather than a random roll across a general area and that's how you can tell the difference. It's so funny when they have hiccups now because for some reason people are always concerned when babies have hiccups, but I just say, "They've had hiccups since before they were born!" I tried to insert a video of their hiccups, but they’re stored on the cloud and taking too long to upload 😅
Your milk comes in during pregnancy, not after birth!
I thought my milk would come in probably after 32 weeks, right? Wrong. I was legitimately leaking at 18 weeks. Enough said.
Heartburn, swollen feet, and Braxton Hicks
Oh yeah! Those things they ACTUALLY tell you about? They’re true, too. I lived in my tub to relieve cramps and Tums were a food group of their own. As for swollen feet, I have chubby feet as it is. But prenatal massages should not be undersold. Those things are MAGIC!!! My obstetrician has a spa at his office - for a reason! Oh, what a beautiful thing that maternity pillow. Like floating on air with a big belly weighing you down...