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10 Unexpected Side Effects of Being Knocked Up

1. I still haven’t suffered pregnancy acne. My skin is clearer than it’s been since before puberty and the awful bacne I had in the first trimester is totally gone! It’s a pregnancy miracle.

2. I only have to wash my hair twice a week. Pregnancy-related dry skin? It reminds me of when I was taking accutane in college (just discovered this drug is no longer available in the U.S. You’re about to find out one reason why…) and my skin was so dry I couldn’t shower more than once a week and every time I pooped my butt would split open and bleed. My skin isn’t that dry, but my hair looks fantastic after three-unwashed days which (except that brief stint in college) has never been true. I LOVE IT.

3. The Itching stopped at 17 weeks when I started using Mama Mio’s Tummy Rub Stretch Mark Oil, recommended by my cousin Stephanie, bless her heart. That stuff has been my saving grace and I totally recommend it to any pregnant mama, it’s worth the price tag, I promise. Also, so far, no stretch marks. Woot!

4. I can’t see my feet anymore. Or my crotch. I’m supposed to bring a cup of urine to every prenatal appointment and it’s supposed to be the first urine of the morning (that’s a great band name, btw: First Urine of the Morning). It’s a cruel joke because, here pregnant lady! Take this tiny cup and pee in it first thing in the morning, when you have to pee REALLYBADLY, and you’re still half asleep, and you haven’t seen your crotch in ages. Because what every woman wants is to pee all over her hand first thing in the morning. Seriously. (Also, I hope no one at the office finds out I keep a small cup of pee in the fridge next to everyone’s lunches. Super awkward.)

4.a. The other day I had to pee (again) and I was wearing these tie-front pajama pants and when I pulled the drawstring to untie them they tangled into a knot and I couldn’t see past my giant belly to untie it and I had to pee so badly that I started crying because I was trapped in my pants and I was never going to get them off and I was going to die of needing to pee. Then I finally got the knot undone and oh lord the RELIEF.

5. I haven’t been able to bend over in weeks, but my thighs are getting super strong from squatting down all the time. Also, I totally hurt my back taking a bag of garbage out of a garbage can because I’m 90 now.

6. Everyone says, “Sleep now because as soon as that baby is born you’ll never sleep again!” which is a horrible thing to say because you know who else doesn’t sleep besides new parents? Huge pregnant ladies. Every time I have to move my enormous body, I wake up. I wake up to pee. I wake up when she kicks. I wake up because I’ve sweated a pool into the bed despite the running the AC at 68 degrees. And once I wake up, I can’t fall back asleep. Two weeks ago Mike bought me a body pillow because all my thrashing around to get comfortable was keeping him awake, and the pillow has helped tremendously, but now I wake up every time I knock it to the floor. And lately I keep waking up on my back which is weird because I’ve never ever been a back sleeper and I’m super paranoid about it because doctors are like DON’T LAY ON YOUR BACK. Not awesome.

7. My boobs are the size of small countries. The D-cup bras I bought at around 18 weeks feel like tiny torture chambers now. I’ve given up on wearing anything besides stretchy sleep bras and tube bras. They look stupid under my clothes and they are not flattering, but they’re comfortable.

8. Also about boobs: they are still awfully sore. Sometimes I get shooting pains in my nipples for no apparent reason. Super fun times!

9. Haven’t really had any cravings besides beer, tequila, wine, excessive amounts of coffee, unpasteurized cheese, raw fish, under-cooked meat, nitrates, and runny eggs. All the things I’m forbidden from consuming. I want sweets constantly, but that’s true even when I’m not pregnant. There was a week when all I wanted to eat was goat cheese, and another week when I neeeeeeeded lemonade, but that’s it.

10. And just for fun, here’s some stupid things people* have said that people should never ever say to a pregnant lady:

  • At 20 weeks: “Ugh. I hope you’re pregnant.”
  • At 22 weeks: “Are you pregnant or are you just getting fat?”
  • At 26 weeks: “You must be due any minute!” and “Every time I see you, you’re eating.”
  • At 27 weeks: “You want some tips on how to get your body back after you push that kid out?”

*By people I mean men and I hate to point that out because I think men don’t get enough credit or encouragement in our society for being sensitive and gentle and I don’t want to generalize, but come on. Plenty of men have said lovely, complimentary things, yes, but only men have said rude and thoughtless things. Ladies have, on the whole, been supportive and kind. Why?


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  • ‘Cita

    I love it! So glad I’ve ‘been there, done that.’

    • http://ASeriousGirl.com Patricia Frost

      Yeah… it’d be weird if you got pregnant NOW!

  • Josey

    Pregnancy side effects are so weird, aren’t they? :)

    FYI – I wouldn’t worry about waking up on your back. Both times I’ve been pregnanct my providers have said not to stress about it. If the vena cava (or whatever vein that is?) is being compressed, you will instinctively roll over or wake up light headed and know you need to roll. Baby is fine. :) Also, it’s not until later in 3rd tri that the kiddo weighs enough to really compress anything anyway!

    • http://ASeriousGirl.com Patricia Frost

      So weird!

      I’m so glad you said what you said about sleeping on my back. I can’t tell you how comforting that was. Thank you!

  • Hawk

    Guys like to think of woman parts as a playground. When faced with the thought of a small human being coming shooting out of one we get all sorts of tongue tied and awkward.

    Oh, and thank you for the mental image of a butt splitting and bleeding. That’s sure to create some wonderful nightmares….

    • http://ASeriousGirl.com Patricia Frost

      Ha! Your comment made me laugh out loud for reals.

      Also, you’re welcome. :-D

  • http://www.kimskitchensink.com/ Kim’s Kitchen Sink

    Oh man, I was laughing so insanely at your pajama pants story. I’m sorry, you could probably hear me from here.

    • http://ASeriousGirl.com Patricia Frost

      Bahahahahaa!! I’m glad you got a good laugh out of it. xoxo

  • Jenni MacDonald

    LOL it’s not funny but oh I remember the days

    • http://ASeriousGirl.com Patricia Frost

      Oh no, it’s FUNNY. We gotta laugh at this stuff! :)

  • djemerald

    funny , but really being pregnant is the most wonderful amazing thing ever. I should know , did it six times , would still be doin it, but my body and my husband said “‘ enough already ! “

    • http://ASeriousGirl.com Patricia Frost

      I absolutely agree. I’m the happiest I’ve ever been in my life, being pregnant. But some of the symptoms aren’t fun (as miraculous as it is) and we gotta laugh at it. ;-)

  • meredith z

    i think i peed reading this. and i’m not even preggers.
    CONGRATULATIONS gorgeous!!! xoxo

    • http://ASeriousGirl.com Patricia Frost

      Hahaha!! :-)
      THANK YOU!! xoxo