No one told me

by Ginger on June 28, 2010

in Mom Thoughts

There are lots of things we’re warned about how our bodies will change after we have a baby: things shifting, getting softer, feet growing, breasts changing. But there’s a lot of stuff no one ever warned me about. No one told me…

  • Some of the smell aversions and sensitivities I had during pregnancy would remain 10 months later. I wonder now if they’re permanent (and if I’ll ever be able to wear perfume again without getting a headache).
  • My worst stretch marks wouldn’t be on my belly or boobs, but on my inner thighs.
  • Ingrown hairs in my bikini area would be something I’d have to learn to deal with for the first time ever. Especially around my c-section scar, but sadly not limited to that spot.
  • My first period after all this time would remind me of back labor so strongly.
  • My tastes might change. I used to be a mustard only girl, now I crave mayo. I used to be able to eat 1/2 a jar of pickles in a sitting, now one is more than enough.

What changes happened to you that no one warned you about?

As always, more lists can be found over at Anna’s at abdpbt!
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Perpetua June 28, 2010 at 11:57 am

You had back labor too? We should form a union, or an army 🙂

ABDPBT June 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm

Wait, have you weaned Jackson yet? Because some of the hormonal changes can last up to a year AFTER weaning. So any of that smell stuff you have might not be permanent. I had some weird skin problems that lasted for a long time after pregnancy, like a rash underneath my wedding ring. Now it’s gone, but it took a long time.

Honestly, I think they don’t tell you these things because nobody would have a kid if they told you everything. Plus, some of these things are so weird that people might not believe them.

Ginger June 28, 2010 at 12:26 pm

Oh, lordy yes with the back labor. It was…horrifically horrible. I got the fun of 17 hours of back labor AND a c-section. Fun stuff that 😉

Ginger June 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm

I haven’t weaned him yet–that’s good to know that it could still change (I miss my perfume, I really do!).

I just keep wishing that my pregnant skin (which was awesome) had stuck around instead of my pregnant smell issues (which weren’t/aren’t).

Lizzie June 28, 2010 at 1:45 pm

Feet growing?! Wow, that I did not know about! Like, do they go up a size?! I’m intrigued haha!

Elizabeth June 28, 2010 at 8:08 pm

I don’t WANT to know these things! Let me be naive for a few more months! 😉

Kate June 28, 2010 at 11:27 pm

No one told me that you’d forget things or the memories would dull… I can’t remember what Beckett smelled like those first few days. I can’t remember how sore my nipples were when we first started nursing. And, I can’t remember the feel of her against my chest while she was snuggled in deep. I lived them and breathed them and they were intensely constant those first few months, but they were like breezes – gone.

Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks June 29, 2010 at 10:06 am

Oooooh, thanks for the warnings. I always wondered what my friends who became parents weren’t talking about!

The Sweetest June 30, 2010 at 2:15 pm

So funny, because my pregnancy aversions stuck around, too. And 2 1/2 years later, I hate yellow mustard.

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