What People Do Not Tell You Upon Becoming Pregnant And Other Surviving Tips

Yes ladies, it is high time to lift the veil on the broad platitude people serve you once you’re pregnant. Ever heard: I’ve never felt better than when I was pregnant? Oh you’ll see, morning sickness is totally manageable, just drink ginger ale and you’ll be fine? And, yes I was a teensy bit tired?

While it might truly be like that for some women (of which I am super jealous by the way), it is to be said that 1) it is not like that for a a significant amount of women and 2) as pregnant women, we’re encouraged to shut the fuck up when it comes to our pregnancy woes and just wear a beatific smile and nod softly to everything and everyone, because we should be so grateful and happy to be pregnant you see. Which we are, don’t get us wrong. But we’d be even happier if we could tell the world that morning sickness is wrongly named because it is all fucking day sickness without feeling the eyes of judgement digging into our souls. Apparently, the second we see that tiny line on the pee test is the moment we as individuals should stop existing and the time we start to bear everything with a brave smile just because we are mothers in the making. Sacrifice should be our new credo or something, so we should just suck it up and think that it’s all for the greater good.


Er, no.


I am ranting, because I really, truly, want to whine and get the throbbing guilt out of women’s heads. My lovelies, if you feel miserable during pregnancy, and not at all like the model mums we see in specialised magazines (which are basically like any other ‘women’ magazine with their self serving dose of guilt, you just need to add a bump) it doesn’t mean you’re going to be a bad mother, or that you don’t have what it takes. You feel miserable because you throw up 3 times a day, and that would make anyone pretty miserable too. Yes you’re beside yourself that you’re making another human being that you’ll love so much your heart will ache, but you tend to forget about that when you see your dinner in reverse. You’re just a normal human being.


So on to the list of things that you should be aware of upon getting pregnant (and since i’m only about 18 weeks, I expect said list will be getting longer):


  1. Everyone Will Have Good Advice to Shower on Your Head

    Even the men, who last time I checked did not have a uterus. Even your grocer. Even that person on the bus whom you don’t know and don’t want to know. My mother’s advice has been pretty straightforward: you’re pregnant, eat whatever you want and suck it up. I’m not sure I found that helpful but at the same time I prefer it to the people who guilt me into natural birth and breastfeeding and look horrified when I press the point that I WANT ALL THE DRUGS THEY CAN GET ME AND MORE, and that I’m not sure about breastfeeding. Sometimes I think I’ll do it just to escape the curse of the BUT IT’S SO GOOD FOR YOUR BABY preaching. In any case, I still like to shock aforementioned judging crowd just because I’m mean and pregnancy has not been able to change that. Again, my mother is superb: ‘I never breastfed you, it wasn’t the fashion at the time and yaaaa I don’t like it’. However, she’s been made to feel guilty as well and now tells me she regrets it. I don’t blame you mom, I’m not super comfortable with the idea either. Something tells me I get my body back after 9 months of not controlling it, maybe since it’s my body and my breasts, I should be able to make my own decision? Bottom line is: breastfeeding and bottle feeding both make healthy babies, so live and let live. And don’t feel bad for wanting your body back.


  1. You’ll Have Anxieties About Everything

    Yes, you will. Before you get pregnant you’ll be scared about not being able to. When you are, you’ll be scared about miscarriage. Once the baby starts kicking, you’ll freak out when you haven’t felt it for two seconds. When you’ll be towards delivery time, you’ll be scared about the birth. How are they going to get that baby out of you, you’ll ask? I mean, seriously, I know women have been doing it since time immemorial, but HOW ARE THEY GOING TO GET IT OUT? During the birth, you’re scared they won’t cry once they’re out. I confided this fear to my sister who acknowledge having had the same one with her two daughters. Thing is, she said it almost in a whisper, as if it were something shameful. It’s nothing to be ashamed about, on the contrary, apparently it shows you’ll be a good mother because you care and stuff. Congratulations. Now worry away.


  1. You Won’t Sleep Well

    Say bye to sleeping on your stomach. Say hi to restless leg syndrome. Say bye to peaceful, funny, dreams, say hi to gory preview of childbirth and various scenarios where something happens to your baby, your partner, your family, the earth. Say bye to long night, say hi to peeing three times during the night.

    Say bye to feeling rested.


  1. You Will Get The Usual Suspects

    Swelling. I can’t wear half of my high heels anymore. PEOPLE. Me and my shoes were tight. Real tight. I almost cried when my new nude and gold pumps would not fit my feet, not that I needed a reason to cry, but it hurt. I know I’ll probably love the baby more than my shoes but Jesus fucking Christ, it does not feel good.

    Feeling tired. Not tired like you want to sleep. The first trimester is a blur of me clutching at my bed and never wanting to let go. Ever.

    Morning Sickness. You’ll feel nauseated by things you used to love. You’ll throw up. Repeat, Pause for throwing up, Repeat, pause for throwing up.

    Weight gain. Enough said. But that one is not too bad. You can eat whatever you want because you’re pregnant you see, so yes, have that piece of cake (sickness permitting of course)


  1. You’ll Love Everyone. You’ll Hate everyone. Especially your partner.

    You will cry over little nothings and will bite the head off anyone who dares to tell you ‘it’s the hormones’ fault because you’ll be totally convinced that ad was really objectively REALLY SAD and that ANYONE would have cried over it and it’s not BECAUSE YOU’RE HORMONAL. You’ll want to bitch slap everyone, especially your partner because, well, he/she’s there and merely exists, next thing you’ll know you’ll love him/her like you’ve never loved anyone in the whole wide world.

You might be a tiny bit difficult to live with, but you won’t realise it because for you it’s totally normal. And no, the fact that you threw a hissy fit this morning at your husband because he bought the wrong kind of cereal is not a mark of mood swings. Conflicting cereals really are upsetting.


  1. You’ll stress over telling work you’re pregnant

    As if you made a major work blunder. Because that’s the world we live in now, and that’s regardless of your employer’s reaction to the news, you’ll stress nonetheless, because pregnant women are made to feel by society that their place is not in the workplace, but at home knitting socks for their child. To this day, my hero is this UK diplomat with whom I had an appointment. I didn’t know her so she just texted me: you’ll find me, i’m the 8 months pregnant woman. And there she was, rocking the human rights council with her bump and I thought YOU GO GIRL YOU SHOW THEM!!! Show them we’re pregnant not mentally reduced.

Please feel free to add anything you like, I am likely to have forgotten a ton


6 thoughts on “What People Do Not Tell You Upon Becoming Pregnant And Other Surviving Tips

  1. This is hilaaarious!! Don’t forget random people feeling the need to get all close and personal with a total stranger by touching your belly! I literally had to slap a woman’s hand as she was approaching my belly at a bar…OK granted, I was at a bar 8 months preggies, I should have excpected dubious behaviour, right?

    RE breastfeeding: It takes all the preggers weight off and I mean ALL of it. My baby is a month old and I’ve got 2 kgs to go before I reach my pre-pregnancy weight. I have done no exercise whatsoever. THAT and only that is why I breastfeed, not because I think my baby will be smarter or healthier or because Tina, Dorah and Hannah say so.

    • Nomi, i love you. You might have given me the only actual good breastfeeding advice i might actually listen to.
      As for being in a bar while 8
      Months pregnant: she’s still not allowed to touch your body like that. Can you imagine randomly groping people in bars??

      • I totally understand groping a hot girl/guy in a bar…you can’t help yourself what with tequila and all…but a pregnant woman, just cause you think it’s so cuuute? Try having your butt, thighs and belly stretch sideways and then tell me how cute that is!!

        And honestly, those who say pregnancy was the best time in their lives…clearly didn’t live much shame.

        BUT day 1 after he/she is born you are like free-er than someone who was serving life and was thrown a bone!

  2. I am so glad you think its okay for pregnant women to complain too! I was so unprepared for the aches and pain. All everyone ever told me was how wonderful it is… not how much it sucks. I am SUPER grateful to have my baby and all that but the journey is hard and i need to complain to help me vent! But people don’t like to hear it or say to suck it up. Thank goodness my blog lets me vent when i need to! Oh and people touching my belly is now officially my pet hate, its like people can’t help themselves!!! That and being called Fatso by one of my friends parents. SUPER depressing!!!

  3. I was one of those women who loved being pregnant. Yeah, I was tired, and cranky and uncomfortable by the end, and I hated the baby kicking up under my ribs because I’m short. But most of the time, I loved feeling my bump getting bigger and then feeling the baby move. I had infertility issues with my third and was so thankful to be finally pregnant and done with shots and treatments, that the bad parts were OK. Except, of course, for that whole birth thing which is the most painful thing anyone could ever endure (no, they wouldn’t give me any drugs). But although birth sucked, I loved the being pregnant. And, yeah, we should be able to complain–it’s hard work.

  4. Kvetch away, kid. Not only is it normal–it’s necessary! If you’re having mood swings, then swing along with them. Warn your partner (if you’re able) what’s going on. If you’re not able then tell him/her when you ARE able. I had a code word: STORM WARNING! Meant that I was going to blow up no matter what and his best move was to stay away until it passed.

    And yes, it’s true that being pregnant means that your stomach has become public domain.

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