A Conversation About Some Pregnancy Woes
*Disclaimer* I just had my baby on Friday. Yay!!! I wrote this post a few weeks ago, so I am not experiencing preggo problems presently, but I will never forget!! Good luck to all you preggo mamas!!
Pregnancy is such a beautiful thing. As a pregnant woman you are literally growing another human being inside yourself. If I didn’t know growing another person was a real thing I would probably think the whole concept was crazy. The sperm fertilizes the egg, it implants in the uterus, you grow a placenta and a baby, the baby lives inside of this fluid-filled sac for nine months, you go through the freakishly hard part of labor and delivery and out emerges a tiny little human (I’m super scientific, I know). Making a baby really is so crazy if you think about it. When I say crazy I mean miraculous!
Although pregnancy is beautiful, there are also some not so beautiful things that come along with pregnancy: charlie horses, crazy cravings, unexplainable dreams and rubber-banded pants.
1. Charlie horse!! Ok, I had heard about Charlie horses before, but had never experienced one until my pregnancy with my first. My friend told me she got a Charlie horse once in the night and woke up yelling in pain. I laughed, but didn’t understand that she was telling the 100% truth until it happened to me for the first time. The first time that charlie horse attacked me,I woke up screaming!. I scared my husband half to death, but he quickly recovered then rubbed my leg until it went away. Well, last night I got the first Charlie horse I have gotten with this pregnancy. This time I didn’t scream (on the outside),instead I flailed around uncontrollably for what seemed like an hour until it went away. My husband was out of town so I was left to fend for myself. I swear it only lasted like three minutes. It felt like an eternity of flailing and saying “Ow, ow, ow” eventually the spasm went away…kind of. All day today my left calf has been so sore in the spot where it happened! I am now afraid to stretch at all during the night cause it seems like that’s when it happens. You stretch out a little and BAM! nonstop painful contraction of the muscle. The worst part is that it usually does happen in the middle of the night when I am half asleep and mostly defenseless. Cruel, cruel charlie horse. One way to battle this cruel pregnancy woe is by drinking more water. I sometimes have a hard time drinking much before bed because I don’t want to have to pee a million times in the night, but I’m pretty sure getting up to pee is a lot less worse than the sudden sting of a Charlie horse
2. 3am Cracker Hoard. One thing about being pregnant is that I am ALWAYS hungry. I feel like I just ate and literally ten minutes later I am hungry. After I had my first baby, I expected to feel famished all the time (like I was the nine months before), but instead after eating I was a lot more satisfied after eating. Talk about crazy! I could wait a moment between snack times without feeling I would surely pass out. So last night, in the middle of the night, I got attacked by the worst hunger pains! I desperately felt my way around my night stand in the dark feeling for my emergency pack of Ritz crackers. When I found them I felt like I had found a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. I literally scarfed them down. I couldn’t get them in my mouth fast enough!! It was like there was a hungry beast about to wreak havoc on the world if I did not feed it. Luckily, I was able to tame the beast with half a sleeve of crackers. Between the charlie horse, peeing constantly, and waking up in a fit of hunger, it’s no wonder I was still super tired this morning when my alarm went off.
3. Unexplainable dreams. I have the weirdest and most vivid dreams when I am pregnant. The other night I had a dream about snakes. I hate snakes! It freaked me out! For some reason there were these freakishly smart snakes in my dream who figured out how to get out of their cages. I would never have a pet snake in my house for real, but in my dream for some unexplainable reason we had a pet snake. The little creeper figured out how to get out of its cage even though it was locked and we put a potted plant on top. The freak’n thing got out and was chasing me around the house. I remember jumping up on the bed then back down to the floor then up on the counter, but it kept chasing me!! I woke up in a panic and had to orient myself and remind myself that we don’t own and will never own a snake! The next day at work someone mentioned that someone had found a snake head in a can of beans. I gagged and wondered if I was psychic at the same time.
4. Rubber Banded Pants. This morning I put on a regular pair of pants. It buttoned up ok so I was pretty happy about it. I am still able to wear most of my regular pants…so I thought. Turns out about five minutes after I sat down in my chair at work I had to unbutton my pants and fasten them with a rubberband. Such a sad day. Luckily I had a rubber band and I was wearing a long shirt. Although I am a bit disappointed that I only lasted five minutes with my button done up, it was the best feeling in the world to loosen the death grip my pants had on my waist. I imagine it is the same feeling a caged bird feels after being released into the wild. It felt like my ever expanding belly had finally been freed from the bonds of my buttoned pants. Thank you rubber band. Thank you.
Share your #PreggoProblems with us! I know there are lots more out there. I felt compelled to write this article as it felt like all of these hit me at once! What funny or crazy #PreggoProblems have you experienced? We can all laugh about them now, but in the moment they sometimes seem terrible!
Thanks for reading!