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If you are trying to conceive or have recently found out you are pregnant then this article is for you. There are many things they don’t tell you about being pregnant and they can be a bit of a shock to the system when you experience them. You have all been warned about the rise in hormones, well this is just the start. Take a look at the article below for more information and how to deal with them. 

Difficulty Conceiving 

Before you even begin to think about the pregnancy itself, it’s worth understanding that difficulty conceiving is far more common than most people realize. Indeed, research suggests that issues with infertility are becoming more common throughout the population. Doctors aren’t quite sure why this is happening so there are theories that it could be related to higher levels of pollution that we are exposed to on a daily basis. There are solutions available for couples struggling to conceive. However, these often include long waiting lists and other factors that you should think about. For instance, the IVF cost, while manageable, may be something that you need to save for. 

Aches & Pains

First, you should be aware that you are going to experience aches and pains when pregnant. It’s not hard to understand why this is the case. After all, your body is going through a massive physical change. While you might assume since your body is prepared for this, it won’t have a huge impact, it absolutely will. You’ll notice pain in your back, your feet and everywhere else you can possibly imagine. There are also reports of pregnant women experiencing a higher level of migraines. You may want to speak to your doctor if you notice an issue like this. 

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The Birth Itself

So you have heard stories about people giving birth, your friends may have told you their birth stories. Not everybody has the same birth experiences so you should listen to these with a pinch of salt. For example, while your friend may have had to endure long hours of labor, you could be done within four hours. Everybody is different and everybody’s body handles birth in a different way. It is always best to have a birth plan to follow and for your doctors to refer to. Be aware, even with pain relief, birth is one of the most painful experiences of your life. 

Being Tired 

Finally, nobody could have warned you or prepared you for the levels of tiredness you will be feeling when you are pregnant. In the first trimester your body is busy throwing hormones around and preparing to grow your baby. You will find yourself sleeping more often than you are awake. If you have people around you, then it may be beneficial to rely on them for a little while. 

We hope this helps you understand some of the key things that they won’t tell you about your pregnancy. By being prepared for these things, you can have a clearer and more accurate idea of what to expect from this exciting time in your life. 

By Erica Buteau

Change Agent. Daydream Believer. Maker. Creative. Likes love, peace and Jeeping. Dislikes winter, paper cuts and war. She/Her/Hers.

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