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!