If you’re trying to fall pregnant, or you’ve found out that you’re expecting, you’ll probably hear advice coming in from left, right and centre. However, there are a few things that you won’t read about when it comes to being pregnant. Here’s what they don’t tell you about pregnancy.
Your Sense of Smell Becomes Keener
With the increased levels of estrogen in your body, your sense of smell goes into overdrive. You’ll be able to smell the perfume that your co-worker is wearing from the other side of the office, and you’ll be able to smell what your neighbour is having for dinner when you’re sitting in front of your stylish entertainment unit. However, there is a chance that you can adopt pregnancy rhinitis, where you develop so much blood that it actually blocks the tissue in your nasal cavity, making it hard for you to smell. Joyous.
The Whole Ride
Katie Quirk from Little Miss Lou Who, shares her experiences. “In your first trimester, you will start crying basically about anything and everything. Missing your friends because you're too exhausted and sick to socialise...and some of them not necessarily understanding why you've gone full AWOL. The irrational resentment you have towards your partner that manifests into irritability and annoyance at the slightest things. Realising that your body doesn't belong to you anymore...you're an incubator, a vessel, a host. In your second trimester, people will tell you that you look "beautiful" even though the bags under your eyes are like mattresses and your skin has taken on a life of its own, complete with teenage-level breakouts. Just pretend they're being honest and bask in the niceties. They don't tell you that you will have this epic, grand epiphany at some stage about how remarkable your body is...you will observe in wonder as it grows and is able to nourish and provide for a tiny human life that began as a cluster of insignificant cells. And knowing that it's because of you (and no one else) that this baby has been able to thrive and be brought into this world. And at the end of the day, that's what will get you through the less than enjoyable moments.” FInd out more about Katie by following her on Instagram.
People Will Want To Touch Your Tummy (And Will Try To Without Asking)
When you start to show, it’s like you become public property, where everyone will start walking up to you, even strangers, and begin to feel your stomach. Yes, it really happens, and no, it’s not okay. You aren’t public property just because you have a small human growing inside you, so don’t feel like it’s okay to have random people come up to you and feel your bump without asking. If they do it, just do it right back to them, it’ll make them nice and uncomfortable. Good riddance.
You May Need To Sort Out Your Health Insurance
Laura Crowden, a spokesperson for iSelect Health Insurance, shares her advice. “If you are thinking about having a baby, now is the time to think about private health insurance. Having private cover for pregnancy means that you'll have the ability to choose your own hospital and doctor. Even if you already have private health insurance, you may need to upgrade to a higher level of cover as cheaper policies don't include pregnancy cover. If you are already pregnant and don't already have pregnancy cover, you'll have to either go through the public system or pay the full amount to go privately. This is because you have to be covered for pregnancy for a full 12 months before you can claim for pregnancy and birth-related services.” Find out more about iSelect and their insurance by following them on Facebook.
You’ll Miss Sleeping On Your Tummy
When you’re pregnant, you’re going to start missing being able to sleep on your stomach. Trying to flip over with a watermelon attached to you is a workout, and getting out of bed can be even worse. There’ll be a lot of rocking, rolling and panting, all from trying to stand up. When you’re pregnant, you should make sure you’re sleeping on the most comfortable surface, so you should get yourself a comfortable queen mattress topper, so you can sleep in (almost) pure comfort.
Everyone’s An Expert; You’re The Dumb One
Didn’t you know that it doesn’t matter if you’re nine months pregnant, had three kids already, or you’re a paediatrician, you don’t know anything about parenthood. Everyone has opinions about your body, your lifestyle, your name choices and pretty much anything. No matter how much you try, you’ll have someone giving you their opinion, and that’s okay. Just take them with a grain of salt; the only opinions that matter are yours and your co-parent (and your doctor, midwife, parents etc.) You don’t have to listen to everyone’s opinions, because everyone parents differently.
At the end of the day, being pregnant is different for everyone. For some women, being pregnant is a walk in the park, for others, it’s a trip to hell. However, we all end up the same, with a bunch of dirty nappies.