Monday, January 9, 2012

Random Pregnancy Facts I've Learned So Far

This baby's due date is rapidly approaching.  It is both exciting and terrifying to think about how much life is going to change when they finally decide to show up.

Here's some random things about pregnancy that I've learned so far, that aren't common knowledge.

1) Morning sickness is a misnomer.  It's more like random-anytime-throughout-the-day-nausea-and-throwing-up.  Not nearly as cute sounding as 'morning sickness'.

2) Morning sickness affects everyone differently, and can be different from pregnancy to pregnancy.  Some people don't get it at all (lucky ducks!).  Other women are so sick they end up in hospital for the entire pregnancy.  I just felt like I was seasick 24 hours a day for the first 3 and a bit months.

3) As your stomach gets larger, you may experience localized belly button pain or itching.

4) Your ankles, like the shallowest of friends, are very likely to abandon you before the end of the pregnancy.

5) Yes, it's really, really weird to feel the baby move, especially at first.

6) Depending on where the placenta attaches, it can affect how soon you feel the baby move.  If it attaches anteriorly (the side where your stomach is), it'll likely be much later, since the baby will be facing toward your spine and internal organs, where there aren't as many nerve endings.

7) Your feet may permanently change shoe size.  On the upside, if this happens to you, it means that you'll get to buy new shoes!

8) You may or may not experience food cravings (weird or otherwise) but most women definitely experience strong smell and food aversions.  Cooking meat is apparently a very common aversion for many women.

And my brain has now tapped out.  Goodnight!


  1. I hope you get some awesome new shoes!! :) Good luck with everything!! I'm thinking about you tonnes!! :)

  2. Fortunately for my budget, my feet have pretty much stayed the same. No new shoes for me!

  3. I just found you through Skwishee and have spent the last few minutes browsing through your yummy blog. I'm in bed and really hungry now... so I look forward to coming back and reading about canning and cooking and stuff. Babies are yummy too but pleeeease don't let it stop you blogging especially about other yummy things.

    1. Thanks for the lovely comment Julie! I'm going to do my best to keep posting - I'm just not going to kick my own butt about keeping to a schedule, since my world is about to go topsy-turvy :)