Make sure you read the first ten here. If you’re curious about knowing more about any of these things, Google it up. There’s plenty more about each than I want to get into.
1. You May Poop On Yourself During Delivery: I had to start here y’all! This is so, so common. The muscles used for labor are the same used for doing the deuce. The baby is also adding pressure to the colon and rectum as they exit. Shxt happens.
2. Baby’s First Poop is Tar-Like: I was already talking about poop, so why not? Baby’s first stool is called meconium, which is made up all the things ingested in the womb. It’s sticky like tar and a dark greenish black.
3. Newborn Girls Can Have a Period: This was pretty shocking to me, but exposure to mom’s hormones during pregnancy makes it possible!
4. Not Knowing the Baby’s Sex is Uncommon: I’m not sure if it’s uncommon per se, but 98% of the time people are surprised I don’t know the baby’s sex. Ultrasound was first used in 1958 (that’s 61 years ago!) and became widespread by 1978 (41 years ago). I’ve not used ultrasound in my pregnancy because the tech is too young for my comfort, though I’ve been tempted just to see what baby’s up to (they’re quite acrobatic) and to alleviate general fears. The latter 80s is when the US started using it to predict the sex. I’ve read stories of people who actually wanted one sex so bad they resented the remainder of their pregnancy when they found out it’s the opposite sex they’re having. You can also use a blood test to determine baby’s sex. This is the longest I’ve ever waited for a surprise and I love it!
5. You’re Gonna Be Asked the Same Questions Repeatedly: My frequently asked questions are: When are you due? Do you know if it’s a boy or a girl? Is this your first? How do you feel about your first?
6. Some Women Don’t Get Stretch Marks: I’ve looked at moms and thought, “you couldn’t have carried a baby because you don’t have any stretch marks on your stomach”, but that’s not true. Some women don’t see them until their final weeks of pregnancy or after. Mine came through on my tummy in the 37th week, just when I was starting to believe in my collagen. Though my breast size also increased, I didn’t gain any there. You can get also stretch marks where large amount of fat gets stored, including the thighs, hips, lower back and buttocks.
7. Familial Entitlement & Drama Might Happen: When you find out you’re pregnant, families get a sense of entitlement. Who you tell, when you tell them and even who you tell first can cause problems. I waited fivever to tell all my family and some folks didn’t appreciate my order and timing. I’m not exactly sure what a person gets from being told first aside from, let’s be honest, a little ego boost, but it’s a thing and I didn’t follow the rules. Thankfully I live so far I won’t have to deal with who gets to see the baby first and when drama. A lot of women want to spend the first hour or two with their newborns, which is the golden hour(s) of bonding, but families and especially in laws don’t respect their wishes. I feel whatever the person carrying the baby wants is most important.
8. Sleep is For the Weak: I’m kidding a little, but sleeping in the third trimester can be a hot mess. I had no problems sleeping 12 hours in the first or falling asleep before 7 almost every day. For me these days, it was initially hard to get comfortable because my stomach was in the way of all comfortable positions all the time. Once I got used to that, then came the nights of laying awake for one to two hours. One time I was awake for three hours simmering in the darkness with my thoughts. Peeing 3 or so times at night didn’t help either. If baby is head down, chances are your bladder is their pillow. Did I mention you’re not even peeing full amounts? Sometimes it’s a tablespoon. The pressure just makes it feel like you gotta go release the flood gates. They say getting up often is perfect practice for when the newborn gets up every hour or two for feeding. See we shall.
9. Some Men Want to Be There For It All: I know I grew up thinking men want nothing to do with most of the appointments and especially seeing the baby come out, but not all men feel this way. My partner is here for everything and no, he doesn’t get a special trophy for being involved. Dads are co-parents, but when they care beyond the basic standard, society tends to elevate their involvement as if they didn’t put in half the work to create the child and none to carry and delivery said child.
0. You Can Eat Your Placenta: I gotta end on a note as high as I started on! This sounded as off putting as eating raw meat to me at first. I can eat my what?! Isn’t that like… self cannibalism?! Even though it sounded so gross, and still kinda does at times tbh, I can’t deny some part of me wants to try it too see if it works. Turns out the placenta can help stop bleeding. You can eat it raw, cook it, or turn it into pills. A lot of moms do the latter and swear it helps them recover better.
This was quite entertaining for me to write because there’s some shock value. Pregnancy is like another world sometimes and I wish more things about it were known and normalized because creation is beautiful. If I learn more interesting things, especially after going through childbirth, I’ll definately do another post!
Carrying a child for up to 9 months is a long time. That’s 3 months shy of a year! What can you create and mold for 9 months? Did you learn something new? What’s something I didn’t mention you want to share?