When you’re pregnant, you’ll receive tips and advice from your family, friends, and even random strangers at the grocery store. With advice being hurled at you from all directions, you would think you know everything under the sun about pregnancy and childbirth.
In reality, there are plenty of things no one tells you about pregnancy. People like to cast pregnancy in glowing terms. And while much of it is downright miraculous, they’re not telling you the whole story.
Let’s take a truly honest look at pregnancy: the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here are 50 things no one told me about being pregnant.
1. You will be extremely gassy.
Yes, let’s start the list off with a little TMI. Maybe most women simply don’t want to discuss the fact that they felt a constant need to let one rip during pregnancy, but it’s the truth.
For me, it was one of the earliest symptoms too, seemingly starting around the time of conception. Maybe it has something to do with the frequent constipation—another fun pregnancy symptom.
2. You can leak milk before giving birth.
Don’t be alarmed if your breasts begin leaking milk during your pregnancy, even pretty early on. It’s perfectly normal, although it feels a bit strange.
If you leak heavily or it starts to bother you, you can put some tissue in your bra or purchase maternity breast pads.