January 12, 2015

5 Surprising things about pregnancy

Whether you were actively trying or never saw it coming, seeing two pink lines always takes your breath away a little.  Then there’s the pregnancy itself…I’m no Michelle Duggar, but even with just two kids, I’ve collected plenty of nice little pregnancy “surprises” over the past few years.

So in no particular order, 5 things that surprised me about pregnancy.

5 Surprising Things About Pregnancy


Y’all, I’m in my 20’s…I should not be browsing compression stockings on Amazon.  Now, I didn’t get these with my first pregnancy, but with Elle?  BAM.  Literally, BAM.  I tripped over something in Jay’s room one night and banged my leg on one of his toys, resulting in a huge bruise.  But that bruise?  It never went away.  It just turned into a large patch of purple varicose veins.  Guys, I’m clumsy and hasty…I earned myself half a dozen of those purple patches by the end of my pregnancy.  My midwife actually winced when she saw my leg!  Good news is that they fade A LOT after giving birth….bad news is that they don’t actually go away. Surprise!  I’m a 20 something year old with a grandma leg.

Certain smells literally made me want to punch a wall. Or cry.  Or both…yes both.  I bake bread almost twice a week (and is there any smell more delicious than homemade bread?) but I couldn’t stand it while pregnant!  The smell made me angry. You’re cooking barbecue? Where’s the nearest wall, because my fingers are starting to tingle.  And oh my poor husband.  There were several days where he had to eat dinner on the back deck (in the cold), because I couldn’t stand to be anywhere near his food.  Who knew smells could make me so mad?

I love snuggling up next to my hubby at night, but during pregnancy, my body seems to emit a force-field intent on keeping any well meaning and affectionate spouse far away.  At night, I would get the bed ready and actually push my husband’s pillows as far away from mine as possible.  I think it was just sensory overload, but seriously, what pregnant lady balks at an offer for a back rub?

And I’m not talking about swollen feet…I’m talking about actual growth. Who knew your feet could grow in your twenties? And why does this even happen?  Even worse…my left foot grew more than my right, so I’m having a bit of a hard time finding shoes that fit nowadays.

Well, I kinda do…but then I look at my precious littles and all of a sudden I don’t. I’ll take the grandma legs, olfactory rage, marital distance (literally, not figuratively), and weirdo feet…and do it all over again. Because, not surprisingly, it’s all worth it.

What surprised you about your pregnancy?


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Iulia is a former educator turned stay-at-home mama of a spunky toddler and a squishy infant. With a touch of sass and a good dose of self-deprecating humor, she has an ever-expanding repertoire of bloopers, insights, stories, and impassioned opinions to share. Iulia likes to think she has this parenting gig figured out, but her littles remind her daily just how far from the truth that is.

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    Reply Laura Blough January 12, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Car sickness! Aversion to super rich sweets! These are fun thanks for sharing!

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    Reply Rachael DeBruin January 12, 2015 at 1:21 pm

    Oh boy have I found so many: memory lapses, feeling like a stroke survivor (when I blurt out scrambled words on a sleepless night!), insomnia…I have had a few pregnancies now & they don’t get easier 😉 But sooo worth it! Thanks for sharing on this week’s Mom 2 Mom Encouragement Linky!
    Hope you come back again soon 🙂
    Rachael @ Diamonds in the Rough

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    Reply Chad And Natalie George January 12, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    HAHA! Yep, smells and food aversions were high on my can’t stand it list- I cannot imagine hating the smell of fresh baked bread, but hey the things I loved before pregnancy I HATED during pregnancy, like even talking about cheese dip made me gag- but oh yes, it is SO worth it!

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    Reply Amanda January 12, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    First of all, super cute new layout. There are so many surprises about pregnancy and each pregnancy comes with it’s own set of surprises. Such an amazing experience!

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    Reply Andrea Mitchael January 13, 2015 at 11:06 am

    Haha 😀 These are SO GREAT and your blog looks beautiful 🙂 Great job, friend! Surprises for me — hemorrhoids after giving birth. never in my life had that been on my radar! Thankfully I have a mom who knows the ropes! Also — with this pregnancy (baby #2) — I’ve had tailbone pain — what’s up with that? Feels like I fell down HARD straddling a balance beam 🙁 hopefully I can get this baby shifted away from it — so weird! lol Thanks for linking up with Tuesday Talk! 🙂 <3

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    Reply Jessica and Katie Sweet Little Ones January 15, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Although I pray everyday that someday I might get to experience pregnancy (says the infertile girl whose been trying for 7.5 years), there are some serious benefits to growing your family through adoption 😉 So for me (since I can’t tell you anything about pregnancy), I’ll tell you about the biggest surprise we experience while expecting (through adoption): how much it helps us to grow in our trust in God’s Plan and goodness. In adoption, we have zero control. All we can do is wait. And that’s hard. Literally, all we can do is trust in Him and know He will provide for us. So that’s what I learn every time we’re expecting. 🙂 Adoptive moms go through a labor of love instead of physical labor! Thanks for linking up with us for Tuesday Talk! -Jess

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    Reply happilyeverafteretc January 16, 2015 at 11:48 pm

    Back rubs are my absolute best guilty pleasure… I love them and my hubby is sweet enough to give me one every night before bedtime! if I ever start to feel like back rubs are too much I’ll know to break out the pregnancy test! Haha I know it’s different for everyone but wouldn’t that be a great tell? I don’t have any kiddos yet (newlywed over here) so this gives me something to look forward to! Lol but seriously this was such a sweet post, sounds like it was all worth it!

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    Reply Liz January 19, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    i got the worst veins, too! you had me cracking up as i was reading these!!!

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    Reply Bonnie H January 19, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    This list is right on the money! Thanks for sharing with us at the #HomeMattersParty. We hope you’ll party with us again this Friday.

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    Reply Lynda H January 21, 2015 at 9:03 pm

    Yes to all of the above! I’m still mourning no longer being able to wear my perfect pair of shoes after I got pregnant the first time and that was over 30 years ago. 😉 Thanks so much for linking up to Awesome Life Friday – I hope you’ll come back again this week! http://rchreviews.blogspot.com

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    Reply Emily W January 23, 2015 at 10:00 am

    Smells were the worst for me too! I couldn’t cook supper, so my husband would often eat out. One time he brought home a pizza, and I about killed him because it stunk so bad! LOL The thing that surprised me most about pregnancy was how hard it was to sleep at night. If I ever get pregnant again, I’m definitely getting a prego pillow!

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    Reply Rachael DeBruin January 23, 2015 at 11:05 am

    The veins were one for me! And I got a lot of the little spidery ones too on my face & around the body…let’s not even get started with the mole growths, etc, etc.!!! lol…

    Thanks so much for sharing this on this week’s Mom 2 Mom Encouragement Party! Hope you come back & join us again next week 🙂

    Rachael @ Diamonds in the Rough

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    Reply Jennifer | The Deliberate Mom February 1, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    Awww, your baby is so cute!!

    These were good… and yes, very surprising aspects about pregnancy.

    I didn’t like to be snuggled either. I’m already uncomfortable as is… don’t spoon with me!!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Wishing you a lovely day.
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