Most pregnancy books on the market are excellent resources for pregnant women or women planning to get pregnant. I love how these books give a breakdown of each trimester. However, no pregnancy is the same. Out of all the books that I read, they were definitely more comforting than listening to pregnancy horror stories from my family members, friends and even strangers.
Although the information in these books can be comforting, some of the information is quite shocking. I have compiled a list of 7 shocking things that I found out about pregnancy from reading pregnancy books.
- 1. You are actually pregnant for more than 9 months. Healthy pregnancies are typically closer to 40 weeks and should go no longer than 42 weeks. Correct me if I’m wrong but my math tells me that 40 weeks is 10 months.
- 2. Morning sickness is not just reserved for the morning. Morning sickness usually goes away after the first trimester but more severe cases can last throughout the entire pregnancy. This condition is called Hyperemesis Gravidarum. Ironically, I was not sick with my twin boys but when I was pregnant with my daughter, I had morning sickness all day for about 4 months. I never threw up, but I sure wanted to. Then one day it just went away. I’m so glad she was born last because had she come first, I would have never signed up for that kind of sickness again.
- 3. Women 30 and older are more likely to have a twin pregnancy. As women get older, we are more likely to produce two eggs per cycle and more likely to have fraternal twins. I was 32 years old when my fraternal twins were conceived.
- 4. Your feet can grow as much as one full size with each pregnancy. Most pregnant women will experience swelling in their feet and ankles. The pressure from the swelling along with weight gain has a tendency to change the shape and size of your feet. With the birth of my twins and my daughter, my shoe size increased a half size with each pregnancy. No worries ladies, you can always buy new shoes.
- 5. Vaginal tears are common during childbirth. When I found out that you could tear down there and need stitches, a C-section was sounding like music to my ears.
- 6. Constipation is normal. Due to an increased level of the hormone progesterone, many women experience constipation. I honestly, don’t remember having regular bowel movements until my children were 3 months old.
- 7. Momnesia is very real. There is some type of fog that seems to cloud your memory when you are pregnant and it continues after the baby is born. I was at a birthday party once with my twins and my mom was holding one of my sons and I was frantically looking for the other baby. He was in my arms the entire time.