What was the most surprising thing about being pregnant?
I don’t know if I would say this is something I learned, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed abstaining from drinking alcohol–I honestly didn’t miss it much at all.
What do you wish you knew before you were pregnant?
How hard it is to lose control of your body and gain so much weight so fast. I’m very type A and disciplined; I have always had a petite figure and really struggled with the weight gain–it was extremely emotional to lose control of my body. I wish I had mentally prepared for it more but also embraced that it was a temporary weight gain, and I should cut myself some slack.
What symptoms did you have during your pregnancy? I was very lucky to not experience morning sickness/nausea. The main symptoms I had were mostly felt in the first trimester and they were 1. Extreme exhaustion and 2. Increased appetite. Later on in my pregnancy, I suffered from serious “pregnancy brain” and could hardly complete sentences articulately or use the right vocabulary.
What words of wisdom do you share with expecting mamas?
Take time to do special activities with your spouse before you have the baby. It’s so important! Life changes (for the best of course) tremendously once baby arrives, so really soak up all that one-on-one time while you can!