The process of making a baby is freaking awesome. The process of growing and birthing one on the other hand can be absolutely horrifying.
Women have had to go through the most grueling process to produce human life, which seems cruel when considering how fun getting there can be. People who have never grown their own little love nugget don’t always understand how rough it can get.
The women of Reddit are sharing the things they wish they knew before taking the load that would change their lives.
Redditor u/BonkBoi_TacoFace dared to ask:
“Pregnant women of Reddit, what is something you wish you knew BEFORE your got pregnant?”
And the responses will ensure you won’t forget to take your birth control ever again.
Here are the 30 best answers according to the pregnant women of Reddit.
“Your body produces a hormone called relaxin that helps loosen your pelvis in preparation for birth. Some women get waayyy too much too soon and it loosens everything to the point you lose mobility and every day all day is painful.” –Jen_Itals
“I wish someone had told me that no, your body does not magically go back to normal once the baby is out. You have weeks of healing, either your ripped vagina or cut open stomach, your boobs are still on baby mode and have a whole new set of problems now, pooping will be terrifying lol depression risks are higher, just a lot of stuff continues on after the baby. I don’t know WHY people insist on visiting right after delivery. I am tired, I am busy with this baby, I am tore up from the floor up, please come in a month when I can at least have some sort of a routine.” –Davis1511
“I paralyzed my mom from the waist down for a few hours because I decided to take a nap on her spinal cord in the third trimester. The doctor’s response was “yeah you’ll be able to move again once they wake up.” Pregnancy is pure body horror.” –AbsolXGuardian
“Nosebleeds. Not currently pregnant, but when I was, I got nosebleeds every few days during the first and second trimesters.” –creativeandwonderful
“I wish someone would have warned me about the constipation. Corollary: I wish someone would have warned me that “fiber supplement” does not equal “stool softener.” Today, we’re at 26 weeks gestation.” –InfernalWedgie
“During labor the “water breaking” is not one rush of liquid. it’s continuous and can occur for several hours. it’s horrendous and messy and incredibly awful to deal with. it feels like peeing but you have zero control over anything and if you tense up then everything is much more painful and weird feeling. Nobody ever told me that and i was VERY surprised to find out for myself.” –notgrass87
“The stuff that stays with your body afterwards. I developed allergies after I had my second baby. My feet definitely got bigger. Hormones are no joke.” –Shakenbake1811
“Not currently pregnant, but I wish someone had warned me about muscle cramps. I had to learn a new way to pop my ankles because every night I would pop them and get massive charlie horses in my legs that my fiance had to massage out.” –BreannaMcAwesome
“Hair loss! After I had my kid I lost a ton of hair. I would pull fists full of hair during my showers. I thought there was something wrong with me because no one told me about this. Went to Google, totally normal and it happens to everyone. It grows back eventually and you’ll go through an awkward baby hair phase.” –sm1020
“That morning sickness isn’t in the morning. And that I would be puking the whole time not just in the beginning.” –daviana_roze4257