The shitty parts about being pregnant.
Besides the morning sickness that plagued me all day for the first couple of months, the second trimester was pretty good. I had more energy and I did feel all glowy and shit as they tell you. I had the baby bump growing and people were noticing I was pregnant. I was past the danger period (even though that never really stops until you have your baby in your arms) so I could tell anyone and everyone. It was awesome, especially since it was what I had been wishing for.
I was however having lots of pains across the belly, like ripping and stabbing pains. Now I know in hindsight that this was my muscles separating (technical term… diastasis recti). Now at the time I had no idea. It must have been the one fucking thing I hadn’t googled. So now 9 months postpartum, I still have what is called the “mummy tummy”, caused by myrectus abdominis muscle split and now there is a gap in the middle. I did have a 3 finger gap right after I gave birth but now i have managed to get it down to about a 2 finger gap. I would really like to have no gap and my flat little tiny tight tummy back but whenever I start to get all pissy about that I just look at my little man and it doesn’t seem like such a major deal.
Lots of women don’t get this at all. It really doesn’t have anything to do with your physical fitness or your body size, weight, height, physical makeup etc, it just happens sometimes. I was just one of the unlucky ones. At the time, I would have been happy to know that it was my own muscles just tearing apart, because I seriously thought that every twinge of pain I had, something was wrong with my baby. So whats a bit of muscle separation at the end of the day as long as your little human is okay!
By the time I got to the end of the second trimester I had full blown indigestion and heartburn. Every time I ate. It was bulllshit! I was literally starving and I had to eat these ridiculously small meals because everything would just back up and feel like it was making its way back up and out. And it hurt. I was running out of room, as the baby starts taking up all that abdominal space… All that space where I wanted to put my pasta! I was also out of breath all the time! I would get puffed just having a conversation on the phone… and I was laying down at the time!
I was pretty tired again by the last trimester. Naps were my friend, and now I am a mum I am glad I took the advice and got as much sleep as possible before the baby arrived. Good tip that one!
I developed skin tags too. I had them in my armpits. Not sure what the deal is there, but it made it really hard to shave without cutting all my fresh off. The constant peeing is really tedious too. And the back aches, the rib pain, the swollen feet. I never got restless leg syndrome though and apparently thats a real pain! Glad I escaped that!
Oh I also had one random bout of carpel tunnel. I remember I was driving and I got this unbearable pain in my hand and then wrist. It lasted on and off all day but then never happened again. I’m very happy I wasn’t inflicted with that because it was really painful.
In the last few weeks of pregnancy I felt like I just wanted it to be over. It gets kind of boring waiting for this little person to arrive.
40 weeks is a bloody long time… when you are growing a human. But the end result is simply magical.