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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.