THINGS I WISH I KNEW BEFORE GETTING PREGNANT
When you get pregnant, you're filled with all sorts of thoughts, fears, anxieties, and happiness. But then you start to experience it- the real deal of pregnancy, and when you start to experience it you think to yourself, “WHY DIDN'T ANYONE TELL ME ALL THESE THINGS!”
Here's a sneak peek at some of the things that happen to you when you get knocked up that no one ever warns you about!
1- You're actually pregnant for 10 months, not 9. Do the math! It's a pretty long ride.
2- Morning sickness is not reserved for the morning. It will hit you morning, noon, all evening and in the middle of the night.
3- The heightened sensitivity to smells and odors multiplies beyond your wildest dreams. You can practically pass for police dog training, which isn't something to be proud of because you stop loving your husbands perfume, you curse him and everyone else for smoking, and you stop wearing deodorant. (If your case is as severe as mine you'll even change all the house soaps, cleaning products and laundry detergents and wrap a pair of pants around your face when you open the laundry room door. But don't worry. It'll only last about 3 months.)
4- Forgetfulness- No one tells you that you're gonna get Mum-nesia. Yes, you’ll forget people's names, words, where you've placed things, etc… You’ll look for your car keys for days, only to find them in the dairy drawer of the fridge (because that’s what you do when you get home- straight to the snacks).
5- Now… Peeing… the phrase "When you gotta go, you gotta go" never made more sense. Enjoy the privacy of your bathroom. Soon you’ll have toddlers that won’t leave you alone for one second of the day in peace. Even going to the bathroom will become a public spectacle. Maybe even invest in a magazine rack. You'll be in there more times during the day and night, in early and late pregnancy, more than you'll be opening the fridge door… (of course just to check if you've left your keys in there)
6- Heartburn… if there was one thing I was happy that I didn't get in my pregnancy, it was heartburn. I figured that it's only fair I wouldn't get heartburn since I did get every other symptom in the book! Including one that affects 1 in 100 women… (Symphasis Pubis Dysfunction- look it up- yes, it’s a thing)… but I spoke too soon. In my 9th month, not only I kept awake most of the night because of the sheer size of my ballooned stomach (and my husbands snoring) but I have finally had the pleasure to encounter heartburn and no amount of TUMS or propped up pillows will help.
7- Pelvic pain… enough said. And you might end up paying an arm and a leg to chiropractors if you are as unlucky as me when your pain starts at 5 months instead of 8 or 9 months like most people...
8- Waddling… Ah…the unfortunate pregnant woman's waddle. No matter how hard you try to avoid it by thinking tall, sexy, comfortable, you are going to waddle, and people are going to make fun. So enjoy it! Walking like a duck never had a better purpose.
9- Shortness of breath and little tiny feet lodged up your ribs prevent you from taking a deep breath, yawn, or go up the stairs. But that too shall pass.
10- Hormones! Ask any man and he will tell you that the best part about living with a pregnant woman is the emotional roller coaster ride that she will take you on (if he has a knack for adventure). One minute you'll be laughing, the next in tears. One minute you'll want to tear his eyes out, or anyone else that crosses your path, and the next you'll be ecstatic that you even know that person. All I'm saying is brace yourselves. It's the bumpiest ride ever.
11- Kicking… the most wonderful thing you'll ever feel! Especially in the beginning when it's like butterflies, and then as the little one grows inside you the kicks become fierce and you will finally experience what it feels like for someone to give you a hard blow to your kidneys, liver, stomach… I never knew we even had nerves that felt pain in our organs! But I must say, it is the best thing you'll ever feel, knowing that some little creature is having fun with all the "punching bags" in their little room.
This is not everything. It’s merely a sneak peak at the wonderful experience called pregnancy. I took it upon myself to share with you so that when it does happen to you, you don't go through the "why didn't anyone tell me it was going to be like that!!!" I sure wish I had a heads up when I got into this.
But then again, I guess people forget about all this once the little bundle of joy arrives. You forget the pain, and the sleepless nights and the vomiting, and the heartburn, and even the SPD. And your life will be forever changed. (For the better.)
About the author:
My name is Luna El Khaldy and I’m a mom of 2 (9.5 yr old girl and a 7 yr old boy).
Earlier this year, an old friend of mine and I decided to start a Parenting podcast in Arabic called Mishbilshibshib (meaning “Not with the flip flop”- we refer back to a time when parenting meant waving the flip flop in the air to threaten kids into obedience).
Our podcast is about peaceful, conscious parenting. Something that isn’t touched upon much in middle eastern culture and we really wanted to share our learnings, mishaps, funny stories and frustrations in parenting. We want to help parents raise whole-brained kids who are resilient, independent and emotionally healthy. But above all we want them to have a connection with their kids and that's the foundation to conscious parenting.
Interested parents can listen to our podcast on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Soundcloud, YouTube and follow us on
Written by Luna El Khaldy