Lovely Pregnancy Side Effects

When I got pregnant, I always thought life would be easy peasy. I thought growing a child would be easy, I thought I would feel 100% and my life wouldn’t change, but boy was I wrong.

When my side effects started in my first pregnancy, I freaked out. Now with the second pregnancy going on, I have realized most are normal yet they are never talked about.

  1. Restless legs- Holy cow, never have I experienced such an annoying and painful side effect! My poor husband has to rub my legs and feet at night, as I toss and turn, trying to get comfortable to sleep. Please talk to your doctor, there are different things that may be recommended to help ease the burden! My doctor recommended a few different supplements and I find it is helping a little bit!
  2. Anxiety- Never in my life did I think I would be a 24 year old suffering from anxiety attacks. With my daughter, I was put on medicine because my panic attacks were out of control. Although I knew I was being irrational, I could never truly rationalize the attacks and therapy and medications helped ease my worry until she was born. With this pregnancy, I have noticed a larger presence of anxiety but I have learned relaxation techniques to help when I feel the attack coming on.
  3. Difficulty Breathing- With this second pregnancy, the other day I felt that I couldn’t catch my breath. I started to freak out only to realize it is normal. The baby is pushing up on the diaphragm and can lead to shortness of breath. Try to take slow deep breaths and focus on relaxing! It does really help!
  4. Loose Ligaments and Joint Popping- My first pregnancy, I never realized how true this was. Now, only being 5.5 months, I feel like I am going to fall apart. I keep pulling muscles I didn’t even know I had. Every time I move in bed, I pop constantly. I am so excited to have my body back!

Pregnancy is definitely not all butterflies and rainbows. I wish people would discuss the true repercussions of being pregnant and having a baby. If you have a question feel free to ask your doctor! They are meant to be there for you through all the good and the bad. 


  • K. Elizabeth

    I had all day sickness with both my pregnancies and had trouble gaining weight during my second pregnancy. Pregnancy is rough and can definitely take its toll on the body.

  • Keating

    I am so fortunate to have had next to no pregnancy symptoms haha if it wasn’t for the weight gain/baby bump, I actually probably never would have known I was pregnant lol but I did have some crappy heart burn in the last couple months!

  • Rachel

    One and two are the bane of my existence right now. I haven’t slept well in MONTHS because of restless leg… and the first trimester my anxiety was OUT of control — even on anxiety meds already!!

  • Brittany

    I definitely dealt with all of the above, and my morning sickness lasted until I was 7 months pregnant!!

  • Tiffany

    Oh, I remember those days! I remember thinking the same thing … also thinking I would have so much time to get house projects done I’d been wanting to do during maternity leave. Baha! Boy was I WRONG… it was quite the opposite! 🙂 Congrats on the 2nd bundle of joy! Hope the rest of your pregnancy goes as smoothly as possible!

  • Leigh Suznovich

    I had no idea about some of these side effects!! I hope you have an easy remaining few months of your pregnancy, and keep talking about the realities that women often gloss over.

  • Shani

    I know what you mean! I just had baby #3 almost 3 months ago and while the pregnancy was similar to my first two, the fact that I’m four years older than I was the last time has made a big difference in how my body handled and recovered.

  • AmberLynn

    Again, I’m not a Mommie, but I will definitely now know some of the things to expect and prepare for. My mom tells me about her pregnancies and labor all of the time. (I think she thinks it will be my birth control for a while, and it is, but we both cannot wait for my experience… in a few years).