5 Not So Exciting Things About Pregnancy
I'm sure we can all agree that pregnancy and being able to carry a baby is a huge privilege. There are many women across the world struggling to try to conceive and for many couples, IVF and surrogacy is their only option.
I'm very lucky to conceive naturally, in fact, I'm currently expecting my fifth child but whether you like to admit it or not there are some aspects of pregnancy that are not as exciting and fun as you may think, here are some of those things.
Typically heartburn is most active towards the end of pregnancy but for any women who experience it, it is an absolute pain in the face. Anything can set it off, even a glass of water. Rumour has it heartburn means your baby will be born with locks of hair but there is no research to back it up. It is advised to eat small regular meals and to avoid spicy foods to try to eliminate heartburn attacks.
Oh, my dear friend, how nice it is to see you, NOT! A common problem for many pregnant ladies and can happen at any time throughout pregnancy. Constipation occurs because the uterus is growing rapidly and moving your insides around. Iron supplements are the biggest culprit but unfortunately, they are must in pregnancy for a high majority of women. It is advised to drink plenty of fluids, to increase your fibre intake and eat lots of fruit and vegetables to try to eliminate the problem.
You may think this would be a fun part of pregnancy, the idea of eating what you want when you want BUT for women like myself we get crazy cravings at silly-o-clock and it doesn't pass until you've devoured every last piece.
Some women even crave substances with little or no nutritional value and they can't help it. Chalk, ice and charcoal are the most common non-food substances that women crave during pregnancy.
You are growing a little human and your body is constantly working so fatigue is very common for pregnant women. In regards to sleep in the third trimester, it is basically Mother Natures way of preparing us for the next eighteen year of sleepless nights. Some women even have very strange and vivid dreams which can keep you up late at night too.
5. Leg Cramps
Or restless legs. It's torture if you ask me. Leg up, leg down, wiggle wiggle, jump. I've given many pregnant women a sorry look upon seeing them shake and massage their legs, I get it, I've been there. However, research shows leg cramps are caused by lack of magnesium so it's something you should chat with your Obstetrician with because you may be suffering unnecessarily.
And a bonus one for good measure...
Constant Need To Pee
Aside from the ridiculous waddle that you have succumbed to in the final months, the constant need to wee will probably drive you insane. You will most likely have to pee ALL THE TIME! Seriously though, you will wake up on the hour every hour in the last trimester to trickle no more than a teaspoon because there is basically a baby sitting on your bladder. Oh, oh and you might pee when you laugh, sneeze or cough. Do your pelvic floor exercises. That's an order.
Kellie Kearney is a Dublin mammy of kids aged 2, 3, 4 and 8. A self-confessed procrastinator and picker-upper of things, Kellie's love include coffee, doughnuts, travel and sharing every day true to life moments on Instagram of her expanding family. Follow her on Instagram.