This list was a little harder to come up than the five things I didn’t expect in the first trimester because the second trimester was like a 8 on the scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being so easy I forgot I’m pregnant and 1 being child birth. But, nonetheless, there were still a few things I didn’t expect.
- The hair on my stomach turned black. BLACK, I tell you! I’ve always had blonde hair on my arms, legs and stomach, but for some reason, my stomach hairs have switched to the dark side. Thanks be to grilled cheesus that it’s the season for thick sweaters and leggings.
- I can’t control my gas. I toot a lot, and I don’t even know that I’m going to do it until it’s too late. I was feeling pretty embarrassed about my unpredictable bodily functions until a friend of mine told me about the time she was pregnant with #2 and she peed on herself while relaxing on the couch and was convinced it was her 1.5 year old daughter until she checked the daughter’s diaper and realized that it was totally dry and that the pee had indeed come from her pregnant bladder. Your body produces lots and lots of a hormone called Relaxin (which sounds like some sort of pharmaceutical to me, but it’s au naturale), and it softens everything up in your pelvis region and you lose a little or even a lot of control over what’s going on with your organs down there.
- Speaking of peeing, incontinence was something I figured I’d worry about when I’m closer to 71 than 31, or at the very least, after I have a baby. I quickly learned my lesson and if I have the slightest inkling that I need to tinkle, it’s time to find a bathroom. stat! God bless my drawers if I sneeze or laugh too hard with anything in my bladder.
- The sheer number of questions and conversations struck up by strangers no matter where I’m at or where I’m going. But, I already covered this one over a month ago and I am NOT going there again.
- Just how much my body has changed to accommodate this tiny person. I feel like every day I see a new change or learn something new that’s going on inside. It’s really amazing to see nature at work and how every change is designed to grow and support a new life. I’m awe struck every. single, day.
Twelve and half weeks to go!