It’s true what they say that every pregnancy is different – not only for different women, but for each different pregnancy. So far, my pregnancies have been fairly straightforward, in that I only get mild morning sickness and generally feel well. However, this time around I’ve experienced a whole host of unpleasant pregnancy symptoms that I’d either totally forgotten about or that I escaped altogether first time around.
Definitely a new and most unwelcome addition! You know that spot you get every month when it’s your period? Well, my face been permanently in that state for about five months. Also, if I so much as try to squeeze a spot, I end with a huge crusty scab and a scar afterwards (*crying emoji*). They seem to be easing off now, but I’ve found that washing my face properly, resisting the urge to squeeze, and this moisturiser have all helped. I also bought some spot gel containing salicylic acid that I apply regularly to any big ones.
Now, this is familiar territory. As soon as I get pregnant, the bloating and indigestion start. Last time, on bad days, I looked about six months pregnant when I was only about six weeks! Feeling bloated also means that my tummy is very tender so I don’t want to wear anything tight around my waist; even maternity jeans feel uncomfortable. I basically dive into my PJs at every opportunity. I’ve found gentle yoga helps, especially this pose – and I gobble indigestion tablets if I’m desperate.
These days, if I carry George downstairs or load the dishwasher, I’m left sounding like I just ran 10k. I know this is a really common symptom, but it’s a bit embarrassing when even a brisk walk down the road leaves me panting.
I know peeing all the time is the stereotypical pregnancy symptom, but it never really affected me first time around. This time, well, I could wee any time, anywhere. I’ve even been waking in the night to go, which is unheard of for me. And let’s not talk about what happens when I sneeze…
5. Brittle nails
Yep, nails that peel and break at every opportunity, even when I cut them really short. I’m not particularly vain about my nails – I keep them quite short anyway and only paint them occasionally – but still, tatty nails are not a great look, are they? I know cuticle oil/hand cream would probably help, but despite being next to the bed, I never remember to use them.
I’ve got big boobs, so I was pleasantly surprised when I dropped a cup size or two after I finished breastfeeding. Sure, they looked a little deflated, but I definitely preferred them on the smaller side. Obviously, as soon as I got pregnant, they became huge again. I think in the early stages of pregnancy, it’s your suddenly pneumatic breasts that give the game away more than anything, and that can make fitting into your normal clothes (not to mention bras) much more difficult. I tried to resist buying new bras for as long as possible because they’re expensive for us big-boobed ladies, but about 10 weeks into my pregnancy I noticed that I looked like I had four boobs stuffed into my usual bra. Not a fetching look – and thus, the search for an attractive, supportive, comfortable maternity bra in my size began again. Last time I stuck to Bravissimo, but they didn’t have a huge selection, so I’d love any recommendations.
Anyway, now that I’m well into the second trimester, most of these symptoms are, thankfully, easing and I’m getting to the golden part of pregnancy where I feel good and I have a cute bump. I’m determined to enjoy this phase before it all goes downhill again in the third trimester…
Which of the above do you suffer with when pregnant? And which weird pregnancy symptoms took you by surprise?