Over the next few weeks we are going to be sharing all about pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum adventures from many moms. We want to hear your answers in the comments or on our facebook page, and we will select some of our favorites to share on the blog.
How did you find out?
*Amanda* I was a day late and very hopeful that I was pregnant. After taking a few tests in the past that were negative, I tried not to get my hopes up. When I got home from work I figured, “what the heck,” I’ll take a test. I said a silent prayer that I would finally see a positive test. In that moment, jokingly, I think God said, “Okay, Amanda.” Six tests later, that all read positive, I was convinced.
*Grace* I realized there might be a reason for all of my afternoon naps so I decided to pick up a test and take it the next morning. Of course I couldn’t sleep thinking about it so at 3 a.m. I told Viktor “I’m going to go check.” He had no idea what I meant since he had been sleeping soundly. I waited what felt like hours in the bathroom and got a positive! It wasn’t really a surprise but the reality of it all was a little overwhelming. I wasn’t going to wait until morning with that kind of information, so I got back in bed and whispered, “I’m pregnant.” Neither of us got any more sleep that night.
What did you expect pregnancy to feel like? How did it actually feel?
*Amanda* I thought it would be like the movies: Crazy cravings, cranky, throwing up, back pain. My pregnancy was great – I literally loved being pregnant! No morning sickness, I had a lot of energy (once I got into my second trimester), I was very calm, and no back pain (but I made up for that in labor). The only downside was being very swollen…the entire time…and even more so toward the end.
*Grace* I was somewhat terrified of pregnancy, the stretch marks, a person swimming around inside of me, and the whole idea of becoming a mom. I had a very uneventful pregnancy and enjoyed it. I looked for a baby bump in the mirror every morning until i finally started showing, and mistook every strange feeling for a baby kick until i learned the difference between gas and Jolie’s acrobatics.
What was your strangest symptom?
*Amanda* I had two very strange symptoms. I naturally have platinum blonde hair, but when I was pregnant my roots came in black…. JET black! Also, I have perfect vision, but starting in my first trimester, I couldn’t see objects that were far away. Hours after delivery my vision came back and days later I noticed my hair lightening.
*Grace* I didn’t have many symptoms but the most annoying side effect was Braxton Hicks contractions. Most women start feeling them towards the end, but mine started at 22 weeks. Walking to the car, picking up something heavy, standing up too quickly, and whenever someone reached out to rub the belly I would get a contraction. Luckily they weren’t too uncomfortable until a few weeks before I delivered, and they prepared my body for labor. It was also the closest I will ever come to having a six-pack. My stomach was rock hard all the time.
Now it’s your turn! Ready, set, GO!