30 Pregnant Women Share Things They Wish They Knew Before They Got Pregnant


“Miscarriage is ridiculously common. I say this as someone currently carrying a dead baby waiting for the NHS to give me a surgical removal.” –rexrat


“How I’d get loads of random skin changes. Skin tags, so many skin tags! Moles growing into skin tags then dropping off, like WTF body. Sandpaper dry skin, which I still get from time to time, just this one patch on the back of my right hand. My facial skin changing from t-zone oily to t-zone flaky and never going back. My psoriasis on my scalp going away, this did come back but not as bad. Hair – so you stop shedding hair whilst pregnant and you get really thick lovely hair. A few weeks after birth you start to lose all that extra hair. Literally handfuls will come out in the shower and it’s really freaky” –DuckyMcQuackatron


“My fucking boobs hurt so bad. I hit one in my sleep and woke up in excruciating pain. Like…wtf. I knew they got bigger, but the pain was a surprise.” –cat_romance


“How tired you can be in the first trimester. I was falling asleep at my desk most days.
I always hear that labor pains were like really awful period cramps. Nope. Mine felt like someone was stabbing the front of my hip. And, I had heard about sciatic pain but was 100% unprepared for how bad it could be. I had a c-section and the gas pain was no joke. Had to sleep on an incline for days.” –photolly18


“The sickest joke of all: you stop being able to sleep way before the baby gets here. Everyone loves to tell me to “sleep now while I can” but pregnancy leads to unexplained insomnia and I’m a total wreck already.” –tibbymoon


“That cravings aren’t just food. I craved dirt, particularly beach sand. The smell of the beach was excruciating, I just wanted to shovel handfuls into my mouth. I never ate dirt or sand and the craving went away when baby was born. A friend of a friend told me she craved freshly poured asphalt so in a way I’m glad my craving was just dirt.” –DoxieBalls


“Each pregnancy is different, even with the same person. I have 3 kids -the 1st pregnancy was very typical and followed the normal timeline. 2nd pregnancy was awful. I was miserable and sick the entire time. 3rd pregnancy was easy peasy and I finally understood why some women liked being pregnant.” –Tallerc


“Your hormones are crazy, literally making anything and everything that happens to your body a pregnancy symptom. Bloody nose? pregnancy. Hands dry? pregnancy. Itchy skin? pregnancy. Pregnancy is the wild fucking west y’all.” –ninten-dont


“I wish I’d heard the term ‘mother’s apron’ before I had one. Like, there’s warnings all over,”Your body’s going to change!” and some specifics on how, but everything I read and heard was reassuring me about how it would all mostly go back eventually. I’m still pretty bitter.” –metonymimic


“That everyone has an opinion on what you do whilst pregnant and how you want to raise your child.” –black_lilies