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What You Wish You Would've Known About Pregnancy, Before Pregnancy

You’ve tried for several months to get pregnant and the moment has finally arrived. As the pregnancy test turns blue, your mouth widens to a happy grin. You’re going to be a mom. You are on top of the world. But now what?

You make your first doctor’s appointment and read all the literature. Next, you buy all your pregnancy books. As you flip through the books and see all the possible effects and complications of pregnancy, you begin to get a little nervous. It’s all so new and alien to you.

You feel tired and achy all the time and now the constant nausea has gripped you. “What have I gotten myself into?” you ask.

Did you know before you got pregnant that you were going to feel tired all the time? Did you know about hemorrhoids? Did you know that the C-Section rate is 30% right now? Did you know that your skin changes, your hair changes, and your breathing gets compressed? Did you know that your back would hurt all the time and you would get regular nightly leg cramps?

We suspect most of these aches and pains were unknown to you before you took the pregnancy plunge. Don’t worry. They were unknown to most all of us. If you were told all of this before you got pregnant, would that have changed your mind? Probably not. After all, you were told about the morning sickness and the pain of labor. If that didn’t stop you, what’s a few leg cramps?

Here are some more things we bet you didn’t know about pregnancy. Did you know how your heart would melt the first time you heard your baby’s heartbeat or felt that first movement? Did you know your nightly entertainment would be to watch your baby roll across the inside of your stomach? Did you know you could love something so much? Did you know that work wouldn’t matter as much as it did before? Probably not. These are the good surprises of pregnancy.

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