Before and After

Monday, April 7, 2014

I'll admit this statement, I loved being pregnant. Yes, it was a little nerve racking for me, especially in the first few months, but once I hit weeks 17 and 18, I started to calm down some and really enjoy the beauty of being pregnant.

A lot of things happen to your body when you're pregnant. Some are very noticeable on the outside, like the belly, and some only the pregnant person can feel. And some of the "symptoms of pregnancy" disappear overnight after the birth of your child.

Heartburn — I can honestly say the day I found out I was pregnant, I experienced my first heartburn symptom. I remember it very vividly because I never have heartburn, and that morning I ate two tums before I had anything to eat. And later that afternoon I went to get the tests to take, and sure enough I was pregnant. The night before I had AC, I ate six tums before bed. I couldn't have any the morning before my c-section, but I can tell you I haven't had any heartburn since that morning. We're talking no tums in over five weeks. Amazing, right?

Frequent Urination — The day before we found out I was pregnant, we went to the movies to see The Heat. I had to go to the bathroom three times while we were in the theatre — once while the previews were playing, once during the actual movie, and I about mowed over an elderly woman after it was over to get to the bathroom. I figured it was the massive Coke Icee I was slurping on. Nope, just a sweet little baby growing in my uterus putting pressure on my bladder. The sometimes very urgent need to go lasted throughout the pregnancy. And I got up at least every hour and a half to two hours at night to "go". After she was born, I had a catheter. So I'm not sure how much I went the 24 hours after she was out, but I know since then... I can go a very long time without heading to the loo. And at night,  if given the opportunity, I know I could probably sleep all night without a trip to the bathroom.

The Belly — It took a while for my baby bump to show, but when it started showing it didn't stop growing. I loved my baby bump, and I'll be honest, sometimes I miss it. Since I had a c-section, my belly went down pretty quickly leaving the most awkward stomach I've ever seen. And even though I love having my girl in my arms, I really missed the big, round baby bump, bad. I think one of the main reasons was the way it left me looking. Now, I'm not anywhere near where I'd like my stomach to look right now, but after a few weeks after she was born, my stomach started looking a little bit similar to the way it was before I was pregnant. One thing that is very noticeable... my stretch marks. Most of them were under my belly, but when the bump left me, those babies were VERY visible. I'm using bio oil everyday to help with the look of them. While they aren't pretty, and I'd love them to not be so noticeable — they are my battle scars from carrying AC, and I'm proud of them.

Cravings — I could eat all the time when I was pregnant. As a matter of fact, when my hunger pains hit, if I didn't eat quickly, I would get nauseous. I had specific cravings. One that my husband and I laugh about to this day is a certain craving from Burger King. Have you ever had one of their Original Chicken Sandwiches? Well, the last two or three months before she was born, I ate at least four of five of them a week. No joke. Anytime anyone asked me what I wanted to eat, I know they secretly begged for me not to say Burger King. I didn't realize until the night before she was born how much my husband learned to hate those chicken sandwiches. Btw, we had them for lunch that Wednesday before my Dr's appointment. Ha! Well folks, please don't mention Burger King anywhere near me because I just might puke. The thought of eating that sandwich turns my stomach now. And what's even funnier, I couldn't drive by Jim N Nick's BBQ without getting sick from smelling their BBQ cooking while I was pregnant. As much as our family loves Jim N Nick's, we didn't have it for nine months. Since she's been born, we've had it four times!

Body Temperature — I've always been hot natured. During the summer the air was always set on 65, and during the winter, the heat almost never ran. Nothing really changed with our thermostat when I was pregnant, I mean, if we turned the air down any lower it would run nonstop and our gas bill was little to nothing during the winter. I was hot, all the time. I remember it sleeting one of the days we went to my Dr's appointment. I rode with my window down because I was so hot, and the Mr was bundled up with the heat full blast on him. And I would sweat, not glisten, all day, every day. Well, since the arrival of little AC, I've turned into a cold natured person. Our thermostat is set on 75. Yes, you just read that correctly... 75! The Mr said he doesn't know what happened to me and my body temperature, but he said likes it. Now I will say that I keep it 75 during the day, and 73 at night. But still, this is a huge change for me. And to think, before I had her everyone who walked in our house said they were worried about the baby after she arrived because I would freeze her to death. Guess that issue resolved itself. Ha!

Eating/Drinking — As I mentioned above, I was hungry, a lot. But not only did I eat, I drank a ton of water. Since her birth, I'm rarely hungry, and it's like pulling teeth to get me to drink anything. I know, I know, I need to drink and eat. Trust me, I've been told this a thousand times already. But when you don't want anything, you just don't. So it's been a battle to get me to eat and drink. But I'm doing a little better. However when you are finally home with your little one, they take top priority. I've gone plenty of days where it will be noon before I even have anything to drink. And yes, I did get dehydrated two week after she was born. It was awful, and I felt miserable. So, even if I don't drink before noon, I try to make up for it during the day.

I'm sure there are more crazy night and day differences in other things, but these are the ones that stand out the most.

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