No matter who it is you run into on the street, a parent who’s experienced pregnancy or strangers on the Internet, there will always be a slew of warnings that you will hear many times during pregnancy.
Some are very valid concerns and helpful for the mother to try and avoid. Others can be projected pain from personal experience, rarely ever to actually happen to another.
Read bellow for ten classic things that people (whether close to you or not) will warn you about during your nine months of growing a human.
10 PEEING YOURSELF
Incontinence is far more common than a lot of soon-to-be-moms are aware of. Keeping the health and strength of your pelvic floor is incredibly vital when it comes to your body's over all well-being.
Whether it's seeing a specialist postpartum or doing your Kegel exercises on the daily pre-delivery, it's important to keep up with your pelvic floor's strength.
Many people warn you of pee-ing yourself a little (or a lot) during a sneeze or big laugh, but they don't inform you that there are many options in helping with this. It does not have to be permanent.
Speak to a professional if you experience this once you're no longer pregnant.
9 THE MOOD SWINGS
Just as we experience hormonal changes during our menstrual cycle, our pregnancy hormones can too spike sudden mood-changes.
Don't be surprised if you get a comment regarding your anger, sadness or sudden frustration: your body (and mind) are going through a lot of changes while carrying another human being.
Even while you're in a great mood while pregnant, people are sure to warn you of sudden mood changes during your 9 months of carrying your little one(s).
8 THAT ORANGE LIQUID
Oh, that notorious sugary-orange-drink that pregnant women get to experience half way through their second trimester.
Many women laugh in memory of how disgusting it tastes, while others seem to have forgotten all about that liquid they needed to chug before doing blood work.
The glucose test is incredibly important. It tests if you have gestational diabetes during pregnacy. Don't worry, it'll be over quick. And if we're being honest, it just tastes like an incredibly sweet (yet flat) orange soda.
7 ACHES AND PAINS
Lest we forget: the notorious aches and pains that conjure up in body areas that we never knew even existed.
Whether it's a sudden pain in your lower spine, a "lighting" strike in your vaginal region (yes, that really does happen) or a head ache that won't go away, loved ones and strangers take pride in warning the poor pregnant women of the aches and pains that are sure to come.
"Rest up" (as they too will say), because these 9 months aren't full of rainbows and butterflies.
6 NO ENERGY
Speaking of "resting up", the exhaustion from carrying another human in your body that can arise is absolutely unfathomable until it occurs.
Many individuals who have experienced pregnancy will recall the amount of exhaustion that they've gone through.
Whether they add on hints and/or tricks like drinking a lot of water, taking your pre-natals first thing in the morning or taking naps whenever you can- be sure to listen when they warn you how tired you may become.
5 “ENJOY EVERY MOMENT”
Now, this one is particularly difficult to hear from strangers or loved ones when you're in your third trimester.
Especially if your due date has past, the last thing you want to hear is, "enjoy every moment!" Because you're dreading every minute as they slowly pass.
With that said, these people have it right. Once that baby arrives you will surely miss moments of your pregnancy. Whether you had a difficult 9 months or glorious one, you are sure to miss snippets of your experience.
4 YOUR LIFE WILL CHANGE FOREVER
One of the most cliche yet accurate statement one can make: "Your life is about to change for ever!" And man, are they ever right!
People will tell you how rewarding parenthood can be, while others warn you that you will need to "cut down" on a lot of things that you once enjoyed pre-baby.
Whether it's no longer buying clothes for yourself (because you're too busy styling your new baby) or cutting down on date-nights, life will surely never be the same once you take on parenthood.
3 DO WHAT YOU CAN, WHILE YOU CAN!
Like...sleep! How annoying when you have 1000 things to do, and people tell you to sleep. But- we mean it!
Many parents will warn you to do the things you may not be able to do as often as you once have. Whether it's sleeping, going groceries shopping solo or going to the gym every other day, once your new baby arrives you will have to compromise a lot.
With this said: ensure you are taking enough "you" time. It's hard not to "loose yourself" in one way or another while carrying for another human being. So make sure Mom (or Dad) comes first every once in a while.
2 LABOUR HORROR STORIES
The last thing you want to hear while you're nearing your due date are labour horror stories. But, you will surely get the odd one.
Whether these individuals are warning you of what could happen (or telling you a tale of their friend's ex-wife's second daughter's delivery that went a-wall), people will always have a birthing story.
Stay strong: if you're not willing to hear the raw (and often rare) truth, tell them so. Or- vomit on their shoes and blame it on pregnancy nausea.
1 DATE YOUR PARTNER (AND/OR YOURSELF)
A great little warning that many people give pregnant people is how much time you will loose when you become a parent. You will have to sacrifice some much needed you-time along with partner- time.
Go on dates: whether that's with your partner or with yourself.
The best tip one can give is to block out time during the days or weeks to squeeze in even a 30 min coffee date to "get-away" while you can.
When you have your child, you will be so incredibly focused on them that you will need to find time for your partner and/or yourself. Be sure to grant yourself that necessity; because, it is truly necessary.