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Hi Friends! 34 weeks today! Eep, I can’t even believe how close we are getting. Instead of doing a 34 week bumpdate, I’m going to answer some of the questions I’ve received about pregnancy that I feel like are maybe considered “taboo” to talk about out loud. So lets just get straight into it, 10 Questions about Pregnancy that People are Afraid to Ask Out Loud ……
Q: Is sex still enjoyable when you’re pregnant?
A: Oh thank heavens, yes. Remember the Friends episode where Rachel is extra horny and Phoebe assures her that when she was pregnant she goes around sitting on Santas laps? Ya, its true. All the extra hormones actually make it more pleasurable if you ask me. BUT, I will say that this is mainly during the 1st and 2nd trimesters. M and I’s sex life was at an all time high during those first 4 months or so. Now that I’m nearing the end of the third trimester and finally have a santa belly, it does get a bit tougher. Not that its not enjoyable, but sometimes you get a sudden urge to pee and have to run to the bathroom…. which as you can guess kind of dims the mood. So enjoy it while you can during the first two trimesters.
Q: Do you still like your body? I’m worried I’ll hate the way I look.
A: I’m so glad I was asked this question because I feel like its something 90% of women feel deep down, but society tells us is wrong to feel. So if you have had this thought, don’t beat yourself up over it. To answer the question, the first trimester was the only time I really felt like “ugh, I feel fat”. Surprising since thats the time your bump is almost non-existant. However, for me, this is when I felt the largest surge of hormones (aka my boobs were engorged) and could only stomach carbs carbs and more carbs. Needless to say, it just made me feel lethargic and moody. But trust me, it gets better. Make it to the second trimester and it really is down-hill from there — at least in my opinion.
Q: Do you have bad stretch marks? How do you prevent them?
A: No I don’t have any yet, but thats something you cant see until your skin goes back to normal. However, I do think that eating healthy, staying active, and hydrated can all minimize the risk of getting them. I’m no doctor, but thats just what I personally believe. I guess we will find out if my theory is correct in a few months! Stay tuned…
Q: Do women just come up and touch your belly? Is that weird?
A: So this was something I was warned about in advance, but luckily haven’t dealt with. I can count on 1 hand the number of non-family members/close friends who have touched my belly. And even those people have asked before doing it.
Q: Can you still tie your own shoes? Shave?
A: I have been blessed with my size thus far. I can no longer see my vag, but thats about it. I can still see my toes and can reach my feet. I have switched to shaving in the bath, but thats also just because its relaxing.
Q: What is the weirdest body change?
A: Ugh- definitely discharge. GROSS. It’s like being a 15 year old all over again. All the hormones also make it smell kind of funny. I sneak in a quick bath before Mauricio and I have sex. Even though he would never say anything, if I can smell it, so can he.
Q: Are you nervous about child birth?
A: Surprisingly, no. I may have to eat my words on this, but I have a pretty high pain tolerance and can usually “tough through” things if I know there is a happy ending. In my opinion, pain is mostly mental. So as long as I keep a clear head and focus on the end-goal, I don’t see myself freaking out too much. Obviously its not going to be like a walk around the park, but I’m not “scared” per say.
What I AM nervous about is the after-math. I am the type of person that will go crazy on bed rest, so I just REALLY don’t want a C-Section and I don’t want to tear too badly where they have to do a ton of stitching. Fingers crossed.
Q: Are you way more emotional?
A: Ehh only a little. I have very low estrogen levels normally, so I almost feel like these hormones have just brought me up to a “normal” level. lol. I could definitely notice a difference in the first trimester, as that is when the hormone fluctuations are the most intense. I’ve probably cried 6-7 times during this pregnancy- and most have been because I was watching a sad movie or something about animals. Other than that, I don’t think my emotional stability has been questioned. lol.
Q: Was your pregnancy planned?
A: haha no… it was not. As I said above, I have very low estrogen levels and don’t have normal periods. The doctor prescribes me Estrogen pills to take from time-to-time to get things flowin when I go too long between cycles. Well, I was taking those around april/may and we got pregnant in July…. so oopsie on that. LOL. But again, God has a plan and I’d much rather this happen than the alternative (not being able to conceive).
Q: Sorry to ask, but whats going on with the baby name? Are you keeping it a secret?
A: haha ya so this obviously doesn’t really fall into the ’10 questions people don’t want to ask about pregnancy’ theme, but it is the most asked question I get, so I’ll answer it here anyway.
So I think we are going to go with Mauricio as the legal name and just call him by his middle name (Andre). Then, once he’s old enough he can decide for himself what he wants to be called !! The decision still isn’t final, but thats kind of where we are at in the discussion at this point.
Okay thats it for now, hope these helped ease some of your fears/provided some insight 🙂
Also, I found this graphic for “when its okay to ask a woman if shes pregnant” and think its too funny not to share.