1. TTGPHow emotional I'd feel at the end of every cycle whether the test was positive or negative.2. PregnancyFeeling the baby kick and how it mitigated all of the other sucky pregnancy symptoms.3. Labor/DeliveryI wish I had known how few breaks I would have in between contractions. Over the course of 10 hours of active labor neither of my support people got so much as a bathroom break.4. Postpartum body/symptomsTrying to appreciate my new body with slightly less hair, slightly longer feet, and slightly saggy skin.5. Life with a newbornLearning how to function on fumes and baby smiles6. Life with a babyAdjusting my daily expectations of myself, and appreciating the little wins.
How hard it would be and the effects it can have on your marriage2. Pregnancy
The crazy symptoms that you don't hear about like carpal tunnel, I'm still dealing with the after math of that.3. Labor/Delivery
Not to let the doctors talk you into going early. I had GD and everything was under control with diet alone. My DR said "by law" I couldn't go past 39 weeks so I went along with it and I really don't think S was ready. So I ended up in labor for almost 2 days and having to have a C section. Definitely need to check into that "law".4. Postpartum body/symptoms
How different my body looks. Its not necessarily bad, but I didn't realize my entire shape would change.
5. Life with a newborn
That not all babies sleep as much as they say and that BFing is hard! 6. Life with a baby
Same as above, and that once you think you have BFing down, something else happens to make it difficult again.
I saw this on another board and thought it looked fun!What's one thing no one told you but you wish you knew about:1. TTGP - Sometimes getting pregnant is super easy and you better go into "trying to get pregnant" prepared for a positive pregnancy test the next month. 2. Pregnancy - Just because you have no morning sickness does not mean anything is wrong with you or baby. Sleeping will be basically impossible from month 7 on. People love helping a pregnant woman and complete strangers will want to share your joy. Maternity clothes are comfortable but as a rule unfashionable. You will live for ultrasounds. 3. Labor/Delivery - C-sections are a little scary and recovery is a challenge. You can go your whole pregnancy and not have any real contractions. 4. Postpartum body/symptoms - The leaking, looooorddd the leaking! Breastfeeding is probably the least sexy thing you'll ever do. Breastfeeding destroys your boobs. You may have stretch marks that show up after baby is born that you didn't know were there. 5. Life with a newborn - You will cry. A lot. Like a lot a lot. You will have a moment where you have no idea what to do atleast once a day for the first two weeks. There are not adequate words to describe how tired you will be. You will unfairly take out all your frustration and anxiety on your spouse. 6. Life with a baby - Breastfeeding is so, so hard. Without a doubt the hardest thing I've ever done. I have laughed and smiled more the these four months than I have in the past four years. Being a SAHM can be boring and lonely. 7. Life with more than 1 kid (for those that apply)