I have been planning to write this for a long time, and since I have nothing better to say right now, I decided that today was the day! 🙂
Oh, the strange things that have happened to my body that I did not expect post-pregnancy. And if my sisters-in-law or sister are reading this: this post is a lie. Nothing like this really happens. I want nieces and nephews!
If there are boys reading, don’t worry…this isn’t too graphic. At least not to me it isn’t.
So this is not about weight gain and/or difficulty losing said weight, or the loss of your boobs (or the way they used to be)…this is about the things I didn’t read about, even in the hilarious book The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy, where the author pretty much lays it all out. (side note: this book is quite dated, though, if you are newly pregnant and just now reading it for the first time…I read it when pregnant with Luke).
It goes without saying that it was all worth it…I wouldn’t trade my boys for anything.
1.) Stretch marks…I know, I know, I said no run-of-the-mill side effects, and this one certainly is. However, I got stretch marks that were not run-of-the-mill when I was pregnant with Luke (I gained the most weight with him by far…close to 35 pounds!). The main one to which I’m referring is on my side, and it wasn’t all that noticeable until after he was born. When Luke was about 3 months old, we had gone out for dinner and I was putting his carseat in the backseat of our car, and Matt must have been standing right next to me. He gasped audibly, and asked, “What happened to your side?” He apparently hadn’t noticed until then my gigantic, still-red stretch mark that was like 1/2 an inch wide and 2 inches long. I glared back and said, “Uh, I had your baby.” Priceless look on his face…he truly hadn’t seen it before and thought I had an injury of some kind. I’ll never forget that. By now, it’s harder to see, and as with all of my lovely stretch marks, it’s a silvery-color. And I know some people don’t get stretch marks…if you’re one of those people, we aren’t friends anymore.
2.) With the birth of each child, I’ve gotten a small, new mole. This isn’t all that surprising since I’m fair-skinned and have lots of little, flat moles but within a month after giving birth to each of the boys, I got a new one. Luke’s is on my belly, Bennett’s is on my leg, and Jack Henry’s is on my neck. Not surprisingly, Bennett’s is the largest and most noticeable. I actually kind of like these; it’s like my birthmark for being their mom.
3.) Weird eyebrows. Seriously. They started growing differently after having kids. So if it ever looks like I’ve overplucked them, you’re probably right. I get so annoyed sometimes that I just pull out all of the ones growing in the wrong direction.
4.) Hair loss like you would not believe. Still going through this one. Jody’s post on this months ago cracked me up.
Thankfully, my feet did not grow, but I know that happens to a lot of women! So, do you have anything not-to-gross that you care to share?