what to EXPECT when you're expecting?

anyone?

Posted on May 6, 2012 at 3:03 pm
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What do you want to know??

Swollen boobs, constant peeing, hormones or things that aren't commonly discussed like tearing ligaments and Symphysis pubis dysfunction.
I've only been pregnant once with my twins, but FSIL is a midwife so I have heard about more than I had to deal with (luckily for me!!!)
Posted on May 6, 2012 at 4:15 pm
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Double post!
Posted on May 6, 2012 at 4:17 pm
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Triple post!!
Posted on May 6, 2012 at 4:18 pm
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Quad post!!!
Posted on May 6, 2012 at 4:19 pm
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lol nikki..i wanna know everything...physically, emotionally..how do you cope up with mood swing..

Posted on May 7, 2012 at 11:31 am
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*********Please remember that these are the horror stories, i could go on forever about the wonderful parts of pregnancy and motherhood, but that won't prepare you for anything!!************

I was very lucky (or FI was!) because I didn't have many mood swings, there were a couple of occasions where I burst into tears over ridiculous things - like when I wanted to make a meat bolognaise sauce but we didn't have any meat in the fridge! I sat on the floor and sobbed!! Full on Oscar winning style!!

My close friend was pregnant at the same time and turned into a she-devil. She flipped out about the slightest thing, her hubby even moved out a couple of times just to give her time to cool down!! She has now had her second child and she was absolutely fine through the entire pregnancy.

My body was totally trashed when I was pregnant (but bear in mind that I had monster twins - 7lb & 6.10!). Ligaments tore on both sides of my body, I got SPD which (IMHO) is 10x more painful than labour and I am still struggling with problems almost 4 years later. My stomach muscles separated so badly that once the boys were born the doctor could fit his hand between the 2 muscles. I have had so much physio but they are still over an inch apart so (unless I find the money for an operation to sew them back together) I will always have a pooch-belly. I am 1 dress size smaller than I was before I got pregnant, but my belly has never got better.

Labour was 100x better than I thought it would be, especially because I had almost every intervention (except a c-section!!) I managed the pain with gas & air for over 10hrs and then they cut me so they could try a ventouse delivery - it didn't work. I was then taken to the OR to prepare for a c-section 'just in case'. I was given a spinal block and they used forceps to deliver Stephon. Caleb didn't want to come out and they were getting ready to push him back up so they could do a c-section, luckily I am the most stubborn person I know and I managed to get him out with the help of forceps...but I tore horribly! It took about 6 weeks for the tear to heal properly but peeing and bleeding after they were born was nowhere near as bad as I'd expected.

If you want to find out more I totally recommend Jenny McCarthy's book 'Belly Laughs' or Laura Mills-Alcott's 'The Truth About Pregnancy' both are very honest and I laughed a lot!!!!
Posted on May 7, 2012 at 4:10 pm
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I too didn't have many mood swings.  Every now and then I would cry over the dumdest things.  I did have constant heartburn that was bad!  I took Zantac everyday and towards the end could barely eat anything.  He sat head down the last month, that was painful (he was waaaayyyyy down) so my lady parts were a lil cranky.  But I loved every part of my pregnancy and would (and will!) do it all over again!!!!


Labor wasn't bad, actually I didn't feel anything.  I tore pretty bad (3rd degree) so I was uncomfy for about a week.  I actually thought the first month after having the baby was the hardest month of my life!!!!!! 

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 5:38 am
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Ooh, I forgot about heartburn! I used to drink gallons of milk every day to control it. I don't really remember a lot of the first 6 months with the boys, I'm pretty sure I had one of them on my boobs every minute of the day (might be slightly exaggerating!!).
Luckily FI took a load of photos and video so I can remember what was going on! Lol
Posted on May 8, 2012 at 8:17 am
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I would have to say I feel like I constantly leaked. My boobs leaked, I sweat constantly and you know where else. I really didn't have a lot of symptoms to be honest. The thing that stands out the most was how grumpy I was. It was like my personality switched to the polar opposite of normal.
Posted on May 8, 2012 at 8:35 am
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I STRONGLY suggest buying 2 baby books that have practically been my Bibles:  What to Expect When You're Expecting and Your Pregnancy Week by Week.  


Both are FULL of info.  Every pregnancy is different, and there are so many myths and horror stories out there that can really freak you out.  It's nice to know you're getting your info from a factual source when you read the books.  Best peace of mind $30 can buy at Barnes and Noble :)  

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 2:57 pm
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Of all the books I read, I found the What to Expect series to be the least helpful. I think that it is the bible of all the crap that could be or go wrong with your pregnancy, labour, birth.


For me, the things I didn't expect before getting pregnant were the food aversions as opposed to the cravings you always hear about. And the end of the first trimester/beginning of second I was so crazy tired, I was going to bed around 7PM to get up at 5:30AM.


I also don't think you should set yourself up for being a miserable preggo lady, I think something could be said for keeping a positivie attitude. If you think you are going to be miserable, you are. I remember all anyone would say to me when I was post dates was "you  must be miserable, bet you can't wait to get that baby out!" I really just wanted to tell those people to F-off!!! I didn't feel like that at all, and for people who do feel that way, they don't need to be reminded that they are very pregnant.

Posted on May 9, 2012 at 12:19 am
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I agree with FordGirl - if you go in with a good attitude then everything thing will fall into place!  Sure you will have moments of what the f did I do haha but for the most part it is a truly amazing experience that you can never fully explain until you go through it yourself :)


Haha - I had sooooo many ppl ask me if I was ready to have the baby...and I always replied with "Nope, he can stay in as long as he likes".  Shut them right up :)

Posted on May 9, 2012 at 3:52 am
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I said the same Princessjen! As long as they were still inside I had pace and quiet!!! Lol

I loved being pregnant, even with the pain that I went through. I would happily be pregnant all the time, I just don't want any more babies!!!
Posted on May 9, 2012 at 8:11 am
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Haha!!!!! Story of my life!!!!! I would so be pregnant all the time BUT I don't want all those babies :-)

I would totally be a surrogate for one of my friends!!!!
Posted on May 9, 2012 at 9:15 am

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