Monday, June 22, 2015

Momma Mondays: You're So Vain

Pregnancy and motherhood are beautiful. Until you have to deal with the not so beautiful things. Then you are F'ing pissed. Here are a few things we went through before, during and after pregnancy that we thought you should know about. Hopefully they don't happen to you, but be prepared that they might. Don't let that deter you because you really do (*cliche alert*) get the best gift at the end of it all.
  • Acne: You thought that went away in middle school, right? Nope. It likes to rear its ugly (black) head as early as you pee on that stick. This was a problem for both of us, but Kristin's acne was so bad in the first trimester it looked like the worst before picture in a Proactiv ad. Like she actually avoided social situations and would cry looking in the mirror bad. Belli products helped both of us, including the face wash and spot treatment. So much so that Lori just bought their spot treatment last week, even though she's not with child. There are so many unsafe ingredients in regular skincare that you need to completely reevaluate your catalog of products once you find out you're pregnant.
  • Constipation: Gross, but true. Take some stool softeners and consider it practice for labor and delivery.
  • Ravenous hunger: From the moment you find out you're pregnant, you're probably going to feel more starving than normal. Both of us would wake up in the middle of the night like we could clear out a buffet or actually feel hungry while we were still eating. Which is ironic considering you can't eat half the foods you would eat normally and you probably have new found food aversions or are puking all the time. 
  • Hair loss: If you Google this, there is some sort of explanation saying how your hair cycle stops when you're pregnant. For Lori, this was probably the scariest pregnancy side effect. About 8 months after her son was born, hair fell out in clumps and then when it started to grow back in, it looked like she got electrocuted around her hairline. The good part about hair? It grows back. 
  • Dark line on your belly: This is called a linea nigra (Latin to English translation: black line) and it's exactly that. A vertical dark line that goes from your belly button down your stomach. It goes away eventually, but it's really weird. Unless you plan on going strutting around in a bikini, it's really not a big deal though. 
  • Feet changing size: This didn't happen to Kristin (thankfully, because she bought a pair of really F'ing expensive boots the week before she gave birth) but your feet can actually permanently grow a half size or more because of pregnancy. Lori used to be a size 7 or 7.5, but now is more like a 8 or 8.5 in shoes. 
Did you have any weird body changes during pregnancy? 


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