Thursday, 11 May 2017

What They Don't Tell You About The Beginning Of Pregnancy!

Get ready for some TMI!

Soo, you’ve told people you’re pregnant by twelve weeks and so the questions begin, “how do you feel?”, “are you tired?”, “do you have morning sickness?” , “are you hungry?”, etc.
Symptoms like fatigue, nausea, back and joint pain, constant peeing, constant hunger and being “emotional” (both good and bad) are all considered for the course when it comes to pregnancy so no one is too surprised by them. However, there are many more "delights" that can come along with a positive pregnancy test that people don’t talk about or show you in the movies. This is what I have experienced so far in my pregnancy.
Let`s just start this off with a great pregnancy TMI.
Im just going to quickly add this little tid-bit in because I don`t have enough to write about it under a number.. Two words: Nipple Chafing. (THE WORST) When I was not pregnant I would have almost zero feeling in my nipples.. WELL that has now changed. It went from 0 - 100 real quick.

Let`s get this show on the road.
1. Pre-baby sleepless nights
One thing I have been experiencing is that I wake up at 3 am and I cannot for the life of me go back to sleep! Most nights it's because I have to go to the washroom and I'm hungry but others I'm just wide away after 3-4 hours of sleep. Pregnancy makes most women tired, particularly in the first and third trimesters as I am told, but it also brings with it insomnia in various forms.
I tend to think of it as nature’s cruel way of preparing you for sleep deprivation, but that hasn’t kept me from trying to fix it. If you’re desperately in need of a night’s sleep, I hope one of these strategies will help.

  • Nice warm Epsom Salt bath before bed to relax you
  • Prenatal Yoga stretches
  • Go to sleep as soon as you are feeling tired
  • Pregnancy Pillow SNOOGLE! I swear by my Snoogle.

2. You Might Break Out in Acne like a teenager:
If you never suffered from acne you are blessed BUT get ready for a little because hormones can stimulate your sebaceous glands, which can then cause zits. The best part?! You can’t use a lot of the stuff that we use to treat them like tetracycline, accutane, concentrated vitamins A etc. because they can cause nasty birth defect. I have unfortunately suffered from acne & cystic acne for the last couple of years. My skin is finally looking 10x better than it did for the last couple of weeks! Thankfully here are some cleansers & spot treatments that are safe during pregnancy.
Spot Treatments

My favorite facial wipes are the Juicy Bamboo Cleansing Clothes as a toner for after cleansing my face or just a mid-day face wipe!  

3. HAIRY EVERYWHERE, you may even grow a beard.Okay, so maybe I`ve exaggerating a tad. You probably won’t be sporting a full-on beard (hopefully!), but facial hair growth, in general, is a very real pregnancy symptom so be on guard. Your raging hormones can be blamed for this one, since they’re what’s causing your hair to grow at super-fast speeds and maybe even in some new (and embarrassing) places. But at the end of the day, it’s a small price to pay for baby; so buy a home waxing kit and remember it will all end soon.. Or just be on top of your shaving game! I will say, do NOT shave your belly. As crappy as it is to grow longer peach fuss hair on your belly it is even worse when you break out in a rash for a good two weeks.... I did the mistake of this and Im still waiting for it to fully go away! Do not tamper with it!

4. You May Be Congested:
Some women suffer from nasal congestion during their pregnancy and it can be a huge drag. Estrogen causes the mucous membranes in your nose to swell along with everything else so it can cause congestion and even nosebleeds! I have yet to experience even my first ever nose bleed in my life but I have woke up congested. Thankfully it is only every other day and not a huge issue.

If it really bothers you I would suggest a salt solution spray or to purchase a neti pot to clear your sinuses! 
5. You May Have Heartburn:
Remember that awesome hormone, progesterone that relaxes your uterus so it doesn’t eject your baby like a pilot seat from a plane?(LOL) Well, it’s also relaxing a muscle called the lower esophageal sphincter. Yes, sphincter.. say it out loud and have a little giggle if you must! This loosening can cause stomach acid to back up into your esophagus. Heartburn has so many different names like acid indigestion, acid reflex or good ol' heartburn, it can feel like you’re gargling battery acid and it’s awful.
Unfortunately, I have been dealing with acid reflux for the past couple of weeks and the only way I have been able to combat the reflux is by taking Zantac. (Please consult with your doctor before taking any medication or if the doctor has not given you the pamphlet with the safe medications you can take while growing little one in your belly).
Thankfully this throat valve goes back to keeping the fires at bay once you’ve given birth. 

6. You Might Get Sweaty:
Pregnancy “glow” is often caused by this internal furnace overdrive so hopefully your rosy cheeks and dewy complexion with distracting from your wet pits and cleavage-stream. Let`s be real. I carry natural baby wipes in my purse with me because I have never worn deodorant because I have never needed it! I noticed I have been sweating more often and when I catch it I just bring out the wipes real quick. I have no shame! Same with boob sweat. You gotta do whatcha gotta do ladies!                                 
7. You can become constipated right from the beginning of pregnancy! 
I knew it was a symptom & something that happens when your digestive system slows down but I didn't realize it would happen so fast! I remember at the beginning of my pregnancy I told my friend and she was like "you're barely pregnant".. If you're positive test & doctor confirmed the pregnancy you are not barely pregnant... YOU ARE FULL ON PREGNANT. You have extra progesterone pumping through you & it’s pretty important – hence the name that means “pro gestating” – because it relaxes your uterus muscles so you don’t have early contractions (just to name one of its important jobs). The downside is that it helps relax all your muscles so you get constipated easily.

How to combat constipation!
“Wouldn’t relaxed muscles actually give me diarrhea?” you say. You'd think but really your intestinal tract actually works very hard to move stuff through, so once they get a little lazy, shit stops moving. Literally. Shit stops moving.
Move more, drink water, eat small meals and increase your fibre intake seems to be the suggested course of action. Just don’t use laxatives (or at least talk to a medical provider before you do) because they can screw things up even more and there may be an easier fix before you go that route.

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