Here is a list of my pregnancy transformations so far:
1. I’M A SASQUATCH: Okay, disclaimer: I have always been a hairy girl – with hairy arms and hairy eyebrows. Have you seen my 7th grade picture yet? HAIRrendous. So, naturally I married a beautiful Greek man, who has big brown eyes, a strong jaw, and very healthy hair follicles. In other words, a true man. Hair growth occurs in cycles, and falls out in cycles. This balance of growing in and falling out results in you ending up with a relatively constant amount of hair. BUT. Fun pregnancy fact: Hormone changes result in less of the falling out phase. Which means….SASQUATCH hairiness ensues. All I can say is I am glad I had a tad bit of laser hair removal in the past – and I can totally see mommy-daughter hair removal sessions in my future.
2. I’M SLEEPING WELL: Ok, that’s sort of a lie. BUT, I’m sleeping better. Even though I’m still waking up constantly throughout the night, to pee, to guzzle my liter of water I keep on my night stand, to move my restless legs, or just …. because….I still have felt more rested, and I have noticed a significant reduction in the number of dreams I’ve had. My husband has zero issues sleeping or feeling rested (even though I am quite sure he has sleep apnea – he has broken his nose several times and not corrected the break, so he cannot breathe through his nose – and I can hear him snoring, and his breathing stop and then re-start all night long).
3. MY BLOOD PRESSURE IS WHERE IT SHOULD BE: Even though I work out regularly, maintain a relatively healthy diet and am within the normal range for body weight, my blood pressure has been pretty damn high for about 5 years. So, I’ve been on blood pressure meds for that time (which, I will point out, coincidentally matches up with about the same length of time I’ve been married. Coincidence? Hah). Even with the meds, my blood pressure has still been a little higher than the standard metric of 120/80 – more along the lines of 135/85. My husband, however, who works out some, who eats healthy sometimes, has always had incredibly good numbers in the diastolic and systolic department – usually around 117/70. Now that I’m pregnant, my blood pressure has been matching his. Maybe it’s the new pregnancy-friendly meds, maybe it’s lowered stress, or maybe it’s the 2nd trimester honeymoon period, where blood pressure tends to drop a bit anyway. Since I’m considered high risk due to the blood pressure history, let’s hope that keeps up!
4. I’M A COUCH POTATO: During my first trimester I was instructed by my doctor to not work out and to sit on the couch. At first this was due to several large ovarian cysts on my left ovary, a side-effect of the fertility drugs. The cysts were so big that when the doctor first saw them in the ultrasound, he thought they were on my right ovary – but in reality the weight of the cysts had dragged my left ovary to that side. Later in the trimester I had some significant bleeding (scary!) and was put on “couch rest”. Which my husband LOVED since his favorite hobby is watching t.v. and movies. Now I am working out, but not nearly as much as before, and am resting more than ever.
5. I GAG WHEN I BRUSH MY TEETH: My husband can only use one type of toothpaste. Most toothpastes make him gag, which I always thought was really odd. Even the one that he can tolerate will occasionally make him gag; I have heard him at the sink and it kind of creeps me out. We have our own separate toothpastes in our own drawers. But now, I can only use HIS toothpaste – all of the other toothpastes make ME gag. Even his does, sometimes. I really can’t complain though, as this is the closest I have gotten to morning sickness throughout my pregnancy.
6. I HAVE A BELLY: It’s not a huge round basketball belly yet, but my goodness is it bigger than before. MUCH BIGGER. Crap, it might be as big as his….
7. HOSTESS DONETTES: What?! Who eats those things? I mean, besides my husband? Fake, processed, bite-sized packaged donuts with a hard, waxy chocolate coating, that could probably last for decades without molding. Typically if I am going to go for a processed goody, I’ll choose something like Cool Ranch Doritos, or Pretzel and Cheddar Combos or cheddar popcorn. Something salty. Apparently this baby has my husband’s taste buds.
8. I’M GASSY: I’m pretty sure all husbands are gassy. But I never understood how guys could just fart. All. Day. Long. And special ones in the morning. Until now. Now, I get it. It just can’t be stopped.
8 thoughts on “How Pregnancy Is Turning Me Into My Husband”
Ha ha, welcome to pregnancy! And, um, I’m pretty sure we have the answer to your sleep troubles right here in this post. Husband snores are THE WORST. Mine husband’s are registering on the richter scale as we speak…HORRIBLE.
“Mine husband’s”? Seriously? I need to go to bed. What am I even saying?
Maybe there could be worse things than turning into the one you love?! Brings a new meaning to loving yourself. And, really, please do not sign my granddaughter up for laser hair removal until, and if, she wants it!! (I had the same brushing/gag response during one of my pregnancies, although I was still able to stomach my choice of toothpaste.) 🙂 xoxoxooxxo
Yay for all this! You are doing the deal girl. Dare I say I’m jealous? And you are maintaining your razor sharp humor all through it. Now, aim it in that direction will ya? The gas. 😉 xo
Oh, the gas. THE GAS. I’d forgotten about it, but it’s deadly.
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