1. It’s going to be hard to meet the daily recommendations for vitamins and nutrients. You’re going to crave sugar and salt, not spinach and oranges. And sadly, Sour Patch kids don’t count towards your daily vitamin C or fruit intake. Just remember to make wise choices when it comes to food. Fruit and salad at every meal is always a good choice. Go whole grain. And if you’re craving Oreos, then have them with milk for the extra calcium.
2. You’re going to be a homebody. None of your clothes will look good on you anymore. You will feel fat and the zits popping up on your face won’t exactly help your image issues. Not to mention, you’ll be tired, sick, have headaches, and have to pee constantly. And I mean constantly. All you’ll want to do is stay home, take a warm bath, change into your comfy pajamas, watch TV, and cry anytime you see a baby, a wedding, an animal, or basically anything on TV. But your dear husband won’t understand any of this. He’ll still want to go out for a beer. And guess what, you’re his built-in sober driver for the next 9 months. Lucky you. You get to sit around while everyone else is drinking and having fun and all you want to do is go get a milkshake and go to bed.
3. You’re going to have a lot of big decisions to make. Naming the baby. What’s the best crib, stroller, car seat? Vitamin K shot? Circumcision? Find out the gender? To genetic test or not to genetic test? Natural birth or epidural? Etc. Etc. And everyone is going to have an opinion on everything. And they will share it. Sometimes it’s nice to get feed back, but other times it just makes matters worse. You’ll have to wade through a lot of advice, but remember to always do your own research and don’t let anyone pressure you into making a decision you’re not comfortable with. It’s your pregnancy and your baby, and the final decision should always be yours and your husbands.
4. You’re not going to be comfortable for the next 9 months. You’ll be exhausted and have morning sickness. You’ll have headaches and round ligament pain (feels like you’re getting stabbed in the uterus). Your belly will be growing and changing. Your emotional ups and downs will be measurable on a Richter Scale. And you can forget those back and foot rubs you see husbands on TV offering up to their beautiful pregnant wives. Odds are your husband is not going to be that guy.
5. You’ll feel alone. The Bump is a great resource to reach out to other pregnant women who are due in the same month, so they are pretty much all at the same point in their pregnancies. You can ask questions, complain, and share your concerns with women who are going through all of the same stuff you’re going through. Along with The Bump there are a ton of online pregnancy forums to connect with other pregnant women. And remember, you’re beautiful and it will all be worth it in the end.