Growing this Stella girl has been such a learning adventure! Pregnancy has thrown me some curveballs that I wish I had known about beforehand. You’re obviously never going to know everything, and I’m sure that if I have another baby, that pregnancy might be totally different than this one! But y’all, there are wayyy more than 6 things I didn’t know… I had to narrow it down! Here are a few surprises I’ve learned about pregnancy!
1. Your gums bleed.
Yep. Gross, right? During pregnancy, your hormones can make your gums more plaque-sensitive. It’s a real thing called pregnancy gingivitis! If your flossing routine has you looking like the Joker, just know it’s totalllllly normal.
2. The baby tickles your bladder!
I knew that pregnant women seemed to have to pee all the time – but I didn’t know why! I have to pee CONSTANTLY. It’s been a real struggle in my runs! I literally have to plan my runs based around where I can pee these days. I mean guys, I literally bought a pee funnel for the road trip Jordan and I are on. And I’ve already used it. Like 4 times and counting. Stella is tickling my bladder and I just wanna be like “girl! Stop messing with your mama like that!” 🤣
3. There are SO many doctor’s appointments.
I feel like I am constantly in a waiting room! I thought that you pretty much popped in a few times for ultrasounds and cute pics for your fridge – turns out, there’s a litttttle more to it than that. Pre-natal appointments basically just check in with baby to make sure everything’s going okay. It’s not a super extensive or invasive visit each time – they usually just check your blood pressure, weight, and the baby’s size. But fun fact: after 10-12ish weeks, you can listen to your baby’s heartbeat every visit!
4. Your hair grows.
If you know anything about my hair loss journey, this one is a WIN for me, ladies! But before we get too excited – hair LOSS can also happen postpartum. So I’m sticking to my hair growth routine to keep these locks as long as possible.
5. Your baby can scare you!
When Stella first kicked, it kind of freaked me out! It’s mostly just that you aren’t expecting it. Unless you’ve already had kids, you can’t really imagine it until it happens. Like you know there’s a baby growing inside of you, but it becomes a LOT more real when they surprise you with a good kick LOL! You do get a lot more used to it, but it scared me a little at first!
6. Babies need a LOT OF STUFF.
I didn’t even know that half of these products existed. Like apparently you need a a portable breast pump AND one that plugs into the wall, tons of baby bottles for feedings throughout the day, a front carrier – the list seriously goes on. And on. And ON. Thankfully, y’all know I love hunting for a good bargain, and mama loves shopping! So does the Tornado, who has been helping me prep 🤪
There’s so much I had no idea about, and I haven’t even had the baby yet! What surprised you about pregnancy? I’d love to read your tips and get a heads up!