When they say that every pregnancy is different, they couldn’t be more right. (Whoever “they” is, right?) With Alea I was very sick throughout my entire pregnancy. I was sick with this pregnancy as well, but it subsided around 23 weeks or so if I remember correctly. With this pregnancy I failed my 1 hour glucose test and had to take the 3 hour glucose tolerance test and it was absolutely miserable. Thankfully I passed! I also experienced SI joint pain with this pregnancy, but thankfully after two adjustments at the chiropractor I felt much, much better. Things are just different this time around. It’s just so weird!
But I think that’s all a very good reminder to me that I won’t be giving birth to a little Alea clone. I can’t help but look at baby photos of Alea and imagine her baby sister looking completely identical to her and her sister acting how she acts and saying the things that she says. I know it sounds silly, but that’s all I really know so that’s all I know to expect! I have a feeling, though, that given the fact that this pregnancy has been so different than my pregnancy with Alea, I should be expecting a little spit fire and a bit of a hellion headed my way!
one | You Will Forget Everything
I literally wonder if my brain and my memory have completely left my head at times. I forget the silliest things and have trouble remembering words and remembering how to spell certain words. It’s almost ridiculous. The other day, I got a text from Cory while I was at work informing me that I put the ice cream in the fridge instead of the freezer. My only advice for this is to write everything down. Let Post-It notes become your best friend and be diligent about writing down important dates in your planner. You’ll appreciate the organization and extra reminders, trust me!
two | You’ll Probably Pee a Little
This has happened to me more times than I care to admit with this pregnancy. I never remember having the “oops I just peed a little” moments after sneezing or coughing when I was pregnant with Alea, but after one kid, things just aren’t the same down there. I do kegals at every stop light on my morning and evening commutes to help strengthen my pelvic floor muscles and I also use Poise Microliners to make these inevitable incidents a little less embarrassing! These liners are crazy thin and perfect for any LBL problem you might be experiencing– pregnant or not! If you have little “spills and mishaps” you don’t necessarily need a jumbo-sized pad. These thin liners are all I need for the added peace of mind and the little protection from those darn sneezes and roars of laughter.
three | Nausea Isn’t Just for the 1st Trimester
Besides unsolicited belly-touching, one thing that really annoyed me is when people would say that I would feel better and my nausea and vomiting would subside after my 1st trimester. Wrong! Mine lasted well into my second trimester and I was almost convinced it would continue into my third. I appreciate the optimism, but for those who suffer morning and all day sickness in pregnancy, sometimes comments like that are almost insulting!
four | You Will Likely Stray From Your Birth Plan
I work as a nurse in OB occasionally and I always tell my patients that their birth plan is not set in stone. I got pretty serious about my birth plan when I was pregnant with Alea. I absolutely wanted to do things 100% natural and didn’t want an epidural. Well, when those contractions started coming on stronger and stronger, I ordered up my epidural as soon as they brought us to our delivery room! Cory tried to remind me of our birth plan and I’m sure I had a few choice words for him in that moment!
Don’t get me wrong. Birth plans are great and it’s important to do your research and figure out what you want and don’t want for this monumental moment in your life, but don’t get upset if things don’t go exactly as you planned. Sometimes it’s okay get the epidural so you can just rest and sometimes it’s okay to keep trucking along and enjoy a medication-free labor. In the end, all that matters is that you have a happy and healthy little baby.
five | Time Will Fly but Then It Will Slow
This pregnancy has completely flown by for me. I feel like I literally peed on a stick yesterday, but I’m coming up on 31 weeks pregnant. I have no idea how that happened! I do know, though, that when the last few weeks come, everything will slow to a crawl in anticipation for this little miss. Alea was 6 days overdue and I remember getting so incredibly frustrated and felt like there were minutes and hours being added to everyday!
There’s so many more things that have popped up with this pregnancy, too, that I didn’t experience when I was pregnant with Alea. Waking up to intense leg cramps, insatiable popsicle cravings, and the need to constantly drink gallons of water at a time… just to name a few more! If you can’t tell, I’m a little amused and amazed that this pregnancy has been so incredibly different.
If you’re like me and have those “pee when you sneeze” moments, then I’d recommend grabbing the Poise Microliners next time you’re at Walmart for a one stop shopping trip! They’ll save ya, I swear!
What’s one thing no one told YOU about pregnancy?