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Pregnancy - What’ Normal
Most of us think that we know everything we need to know about pregnancy. I mean we are women after all. And we have all heard about the morning sickness, the back ache and the aching breasts. But once you actually join the club of “expecting mother’, you realise that you don’t really know that much about being pregnant at all.
I personally found pregnancy a very frightening nine months. Every time I felt a twinge or an ache I wondered if it was normal and if the baby was OK. And every time I didn’t feel the baby move for a few hours I automatically feared the worst.
Whilst we should always see a Doctor if we suspect anything is wrong, sometimes we just want to ask other women, what is normal, and reassure ourselves that we and our baby are OK.
On this page, I am asking for Mums to help comfort the new mums-to-be out there by telling them about their pregnancy, their symptoms and what is pretty normal for most women.
What was normal for me and what I wish I had known about pregnancy?
I had terrible shooting pain in my hips, buttocks and legs – I found out that is actually sciactic nerve pain caused by the baby pushing against the nerve. It is extremely painful, but apparently quite normal. A professional massage can help.
I came out in a couple of rashes over the course of my pregnancy, particularly around my neck and décolletage.
I had an increase in pigmentation and brown spots on my face.
My face broke out like I was back in hospital.
My feet grew and I went up a shoe size.
I got a big brown stripe down my stomach – it is called Linea Nigra and apparently is very normal. It did fade about three months after my baby was born.
I was exhausted all of the time, but had a lot of trouble sleeping.
My morning sickness lasted 24/7
I cried at the drop of a hat. I think ‘crying over spilt milk’ must have come from a pregnant woman.
I got lots of period pain type cramps.
I had loads of backache even when I wasn’t that far along.
My feet were enormous.
My fingers were so swollen after a few months I couldn’t wear my wedding band.
No one told me about the haemorrhoids that come both before and after the birth.
I had this horrible thing called ‘restless leg syndrome’. You feel like you can’t sit still and want to move your body around particularly your legs. It makes you feel really fidgety.
I wish I had known that you can still get vaginal bleeding and discharge when pregnant; I of course feared the worst every time I saw something down there.
I had awful and constant heartburn. Apparently it means your baby will have lots of hair. If it is true then I will be giving birth to Rapunzel.
I got so many twinges, pinches and aches, I always thought there was something wrong.
Tell us about your pregnancy symptoms..........
Pregnancy... 260 days of ‘oh what was that!’, ‘oh should that be happening?’, ‘Is this normal?’