As soon as everyone finds out you are pregnant there is an immediate reaction of oohs and aahs and everyone gushing over you having a baby. How far along are you? You are absolutely glowing! Are you having a boy or a girl? What name did you pick? Then there is the baby shower with all the super cute gifts (half of which you will never use) and you are just floating on cloud nine. Of course, the biggest gift of pregnancy is the baby you get after ten months of pregnancy (that whole 9 months thing is a total lie). And if that angel you birthed hasn’t already been the biggest shock of your life, your lovely postpartum body has a few more gifts for you that you probably weren’t expecting because nobody kindly informed you. And I hate to be the one to tell you, but these not so welcome gifts of pregnancy are the kind you don’t get to return and they usually stick around for the long haul.
Expanded Feet. When you are pregnant, your entire body expands even your nose and yes your feet. Most likely your feet will either grow at least 1/2 a size in length or get about a 1/2 size wider and they probably will stay that way. All those beautiful 4-inch heels you acquired over your pre-child life… You can pretty much kiss them goodbye. Or you can do what I do and refuse to throw them away and display them in boxes in your closet so you can occasionally walk down memory lane.
Back Aches. I am not sure if you should blame the back pain on the 10 months of carrying another human in your body or maybe the long epidural needle they stick into your back to ease the searing pain of childbirth. Then of course there are the long nights of feeding babies in ever so awkward, half asleep positions or carrying them on your jutted out hip while you attempt to cook, clean and carry on with life. Regardless, it all comes back to getting pregnant in the first place and I am pretty sure that my back is never going to fully recover for at least the next 10 years.