These Tweets About Pregnancy Are All Too Relatable
The miracle of life is a beautiful thing — from the outside, at least. While being pregnant is quite literally a life-changing experience full of memorable moments, there are also plenty of less-than-picture-perfect aspects to carrying another life that are part of the package.
Whether you've gone through it yourself or not, these tweets written by women who are in the thick of pregnancy will have you giggling.
Pregnant women, prepare for the bathroom to be your new best friend. Perhaps one of the most common complaints that comes from a pregnant woman is the constant urge to urinate. Frequent trips to the bathroom, whether due to morning sickness or the need to relieve oneself, can get old pretty quickly.
Out of Reach
The further you get into a pregnancy, the more your body becomes the baby's. Adjusting to the new limitations you'll be experiencing until delivery day isn’t always easy. One aspect of the third trimester that many find challenging is how big their bellies get.
Everyone's an Expert
What sort of sage advice will this kid be giving when they're 8? As cute as this tweet is, it speaks to a phenomenon that's caused many a pregnant lady to feel peeved. Everyone, from mothers of three kids to middle-aged men, has some advice to give when you've got a bun in the oven.
Baby's Gotta Go
In this tweet, we've got another case of a very wise kid. So wise in fact, that they've outsmarted their own mother. How about that? As odd as it may sound, starting at about two months in, fetuses do in fact urinate while in the womb.
If She Only Had a Brain
Even film star Olivia Wilde felt the effects of pregnancy crop up now and again, and we love her even more for it. "Baby brain" refers to lapses in memory and judgment while living through the nine-month process of creating another human.
Mood swings are a standard part of pregnancy, and an elevated sex drive isn't atypical either. So whether the pregnant partner is feeling the bedroom energy or simply wants to be left alone, a solid partner rides the roller coaster each step of the way.
Let's talk about those pesky cravings that have caused many a partner to run out to the store at odd hours. From salty snacks to sweet treats to unconventional combinations of the two, this may be one of the most overused stereotypes of pregnant women in film and TV portrayals.
Balance It Out
The bizarre cravings may come while you're pregnant, and while you don't need to deny yourself, it’s also important to maintain a healthy diet when you've got another life growing inside of you. It seems pretty clear, but it's not always easy.
Cleanup on Aisle Nine
It’s a classic scenario. There’s a couple in bed. The Kool-Aid spills. The pregnant wife wakes up and thinks that her water has broken. We've all been there...right? In all honesty, if your water breaks and looks as red as Kool-Aid, make a speedy trip to the doctor.
It's easy to forget that the thing that's causing you all of the trips to the bathroom, the mood swings and the odd cravings is a little human who will soon be out in the world. There's nothing that jerks you back to that wonderful reality faster than a swift kick to the ribs.
Come on, now! Chrissy doesn't deserve this sort of treatment. It's true that some pregnancies do take longer than others, but after you've gone a certain amount of time past your due date, it's time to get that baby out in the world.
This Little Piggy Was Swollen
They say that if the shoe fits, wear it. But if you're pregnant, there's a good chance you'll be sizing up. Though most people don't have it as bad as the Twitter user clearly does in this tweet, many women experience swelling of the feet and ankles while pregnant.
Pregnancy is an exhausting business, and while some women have no trouble getting all the shuteye they need, about 75% of women do experience bouts of insomnia, especially during the third trimester. Women experience more symptoms of discomfort as pregnancy progresses, resulting in difficulty sleeping.
The Results Are In
Think you might be pregnant? Can't wait to go to the doctor to find out for sure? Over-the-counter pregnancy tests are available at pretty much any pharmacy or grocery store, but if you're really feeling desperate, dollar stores carry them too.
Pickles and Ice Cream
Here we are, back again with the notorious pregnancy cravings. We really do feel for the poor soul who withstands the out-of-nowhere cravings that crop up when they're living with a pregnant person. Aside from the fact that these cravings can be for really random things, they can also rapidly shift, meaning that by the time the pregnant woman receives her object of desire, she might want something else instead.
Oh, the glories of morning sickness! Despite its name, morning sickness, or the sudden urge to vomit, can hit at any point of the day. Most women experience it up until around the 18th week of pregnancy, and it subsides almost completely after that.
Lean With It
Look, non-pregnant folks; leaning over can be trickier than you might think! With a giant belly protruding from your body, maintaining a center of balance is hard enough as is. Attempting to bend over to pick something up should be a competitive sport.
Maternity Clothes Blues
Calling all pregnant fashionistas! It's a common complaint among mothers-to-be that the clothes on offer for their temporary shape are less than desirable. The crossover between comfortable and stylish that most women want is difficult to find, especially for an affordable price.
We weren’t joking. Baby brain really does account for some of the silliest moments over the course of the nine-month-long process. That foggy feeling you experience when pregnant can be confusing, but it can actually have positive effects down the line when it comes to parenting.
Tinkle Tinkle Little Star
And here you were, thinking that these days were over. Oh how wrong you were! About 40% of women experience incontinence during pregnancy. At least it’s reassuring to know that you’re not totally alone in these woes if this has happened to you.
Yet another reason to keep it as healthy as you can with diet and exercise while pregnant is to avoid the onset of gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is a form of diabetes that only exists in women who are, well, gestating.
Boy or Girl?
There are too many theories about how to determine whether you're having a boy or girl to count, but are any of them based in truth? Aside from ultrasounds and other tests an OBGYN can perform, are there actually predictors that can indicate the sex of a future child?
It's tough enough for many expecting mothers to cut that nightly glass of wine out of their routine, but add caffeinated beverages to that off-limits list, and it really is like a waking nightmare. Americans love their morning coffee more than most. That's for sure.
Heart on Fire
Like many of the symptoms already discussed, heartburn becomes progressively more common as a pregnancy progresses. While only 22% of women report experiencing heartburn during the first trimester, up to a whopping 72% deal with it in the third.
What a wonderful surprise it must have been for Rachael here when she finally found that missing piece of chocolate. Having a big belly can lead to some pretty hilarious mishaps, but it can also be surprisingly helpful.
Another perk to being pregnant? You can get away with more than you did before. That means finally telling off that coworker who always gets on your nerves and blaming it on the mood swings. A brilliant plan that's sure to brighten your otherwise uncomfortable day.
Life is tiring enough as it is. Can you imagine having to sustain yourself and another being growing inside of you? Yeah, it’s exhausting. And that’s not to mention how much there is to do to prepare for the baby. The bottom line? It can get wildly overwhelming.
Let's Hear It for the Boys
We love our male counterparts without a doubt, but they’ll really never understand what women go through while pregnant, no matter how much they attempt to empathize. Of course, every relationship is different, but the overarching recipe for success? Communication.
Becoming a Sibling
Having your first child is tough, but sometimes it can be equally tricky to welcome in a second. While this particular toddler is clearly eager to play with their future little sister, some older siblings aren’t as keen to no longer be the only child receiving their parents' love and affection.
For those women who are finished with the birthing process and are now onto the next stage of motherhood, new challenges can arise at every turn. Sometimes, all you need is a break, and there's nothing wrong with that.