When I was going through my first trimester blues, I was noticing all these changes happening to my body, particularly, to my vagina. I keep thinking, “Great, not only I’m do I have one random stretch mark on my growing ass, but now I have a labia that has swollen past my panties.” Not a great visual, sorry for that.
I casually dropped my swollen vagina, or technically, labia, into a conversation after my mama friends kept encouraging me to wear leggings since I outgrew every thigh hole in my closet. There was no freaking way I was going to rock a Mariah Carey-like camel toe, not with my mild case of vulval vericose veins.
Then came the second trimester and the pee problem. I was clueless and slightly ashamed of this development. Not only was I pissing 20 times a day, but then I had to wear thick panty liners to catch additional wetness that evidently wasn’t making its way into the toilet. I’m convinced god was introducing me to my 75-year-old self.
Now that I’ve entered my third trimester, I have experienced the spinal/leg phenomenon called sciatica or psychotica as I like to refer to it because it sent me into a tailspin of nerve-shattering pain when I walked on concrete. Side effects include snapping at your awesome husband, wincing like a baby, and hitting yourself repeatedly in the ass for a 3-second cure. The real cure? Don’t walk. But is that really a good thing? Probably not.
So ladies, speak up! Tell your pregnant sisters the real raw deal. I know we have the Internet to answer every ridiculous question imaginable, but there’s nothing like hearing the truth from a fellow mama who’s been through it. I’m due in December, so feel free to share all the ugly details surrounding that final few weeks and the weeks after birth. I kinda hate surprises.
Steph’s new book, The Mama and Baby Love Guide to a Conscious Childbearing Year has been super helpful in giving me straight up, no BS information on pregnancy and post partum. If you want your own copy, just sign up for the MBL newsletter and get your free copy!