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My body went through so many changes while I was pregnant with my twins, and 2 years after, my body is not quite how it use to be before I got pregnant, and now I doubt it would ever go back to how it use to be pre-pregnancy. There are so many changes that do take place during pregnancy and after child-birth, these pregnancy books and websites do not tell us about all of them, but then again, I guess they can only talk about what they have heard about. Here are some real life experiences, no one told me about:
- No one told me my stomach may never be the way it use to be. If you were previously blessed with a flat, toned stomach, pregnancy may kiss it goodbye. Forget these celebs that still work around with flat abs, after popping out babies, they are in a completely different world!
- No one told me most of the hair on my head, I thought was growing beautifully throughout my pregnancy, would fall off a couple of weeks after child-birth. I knew the natural, thick and healthy long hair was too good to be true, but no one told me I would lose most of them!
- No one told me how cold I would feel after giving birth. I was boiling all through my pregnancy, I gave birth in November and while every other person started dressing warm, it felt like I had a central heating system in my body. I didn't have the heating on all through my pregnancy, and I went about in light tops, but as soon as I gave birth, all I felt was the chill.
- No one told me, all I would want to do is sleep after child-birth, and that is exactly what I couldn't do because my babies kept me up all through the day and night. While pregnant I could not sleep, no matter how tired I was, I just could not get comfortable, and it became worse towards the end of my pregnancy. I remember being awake all night clocking, listening to the radio, and cursing my husband for snoring so loudly. It was not pleasant.
- No one told me it will be IMPOSSIBLE to breast feed MY twins. I didn't buy any formula milk, because I was determined to breast feed my twins exclusively for the first 6 months. and the pregnancy books told me I could. Now that I think about it, I laugh out loud at the thought of breast feeding exclusively. That didn't happen and thank God the hospital had enough milk for us.
- No one told me I would still have the pregnancy mask, also known as Melasma, two years after pregnancy. I am yet to get my skin tone back, and it has been a major worry for me. I thought the whole hyperpigmetation would completely disappear just as it appeared but I am still at it.
- No one told me how strong my love would be for my babies. I love them more than life itself.
- No one told me how strong I would be. I carried my babies to term, had an elective c-section, and recovered immediately. No illness or bed rest before or after my pregnancy. I didn't even have to see my GP all through my pregnancy and after.
- No one told me how much sweat would be released from my body as soon as my babies were born. The first 24 hours after child-birth had me sweating and soaking every top I wore. Guess my body had a lot to get rid off, whatever it was.
- Finally, no one told me how difficult my stay at the hospital would be, I had little or no help for the 5 days I had to stay at the hospital. My bedding was changed by my family members, I had to make my own toast, and I had no help at night (when I needed it the most) with my two babies screaming down the hospital.
These are some of the facts no one warned me about. I now know no pregnancy is this same, our bodies react differently, and the baby books and websites can only educate you on what they know.
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