Change has a considerable psychological impact on the human mind. To the fearful it is threatening because it means that things may get worse. To the hopeful it is encouraging because things may get better. To the confident it is inspiring because the challenge exists to make things better. (King Whitney Jr.)
I've got swollen feet & ankles y'all. It's not even funny. I was watching tv last night and just out of curiosity, looked at my feet and noticed how swollen they were. It's scary, I've never seen anything like this before: it looks like someone else's feet, but more like an elephant's feet. The weirdest thing is, my left foot is now bigger than my right foot.It looks like it belongs on Frankenstein! Apparently,elephant-like ankles are a normal, though frustrating, woe for many expectant women. They even have a fancy name for it: edema!
Edema: The mild swelling that's so common during pregnancy and that, thanks to the laws of gravity, is particularly noticeable in the feet and ankles. It can vary by the hour (fatter feet in the evening) and by the weather (warmer temperatures forecast more swelling).
People, these are the things they don't tell you before you get pregnant. You have to go through it and learn for yourself. They don't tell you :
That your whole life may become dominated by your bladder
That constipation can reduce you to a raging, weeping shell of your former self
That the moment someone sees your bump they will rush to tell you their birth nightmare story. And that they'll feel free to tell you that you're walking like a duck. Thanks.
Puting your shoes on and making wudu on your feet is a major performance
Your bump will be stared at constantly. Mostly by women,AND especially when you are at that stage around 25 weeks when people wonder if you're actually pregnant or just fat. Not sure if this is out of longing, disgust or sheer horror....
The linea negra (dark line that runs down your stomach) is not always a straight line. Mine is crooked,off center above my belly button and that part doesn't line up with the part below my belly button. When I look at my stomach, it feels like the left side is bigger than the right side....
Maternity clothes are designed by people who failed their cloth designing diplomas
Maternity bras are ugly and the salesperson will give you an ugly look if you try to purchase a nursing bra at 25 weeks. Nursing bras are only for Nursing women, people!
You will wake up in the middle of the night with numb hands that look like claws and will scare the hell out of you!
Oh, and the not being able to get out of bed/bath/shower/sofa without help and/or industrial crane.
Really am not wanting this to be incredibly depressing but there are many other things..... but I will save them for a future blog.
Despite all these not so funny changes, it is truly a blessing to be pregnant. Just don't lose your sense of humor :)