During pregnancy the body undergoes many changes in order to accommodate a new living thing, organs get pushed around, extremities expand, moods swing. There is also the need to pee every two minutes and craving certain foods while bent over the toilet throwing your guts out.
Writer and mother Rita Templeton of Scary Mommy is not unfamiliar to these symptoms after two pregnancies, and in her article shares her top 5 freakiest pregnancy surprises.
1. The Beard
At first she thought it was a dry patch of skin on her chin, having noticed it while she was toweling off after a shower. In fact Rita had wished it was a dry patch of skin; instead it was little growths of hair.
“I was hoping maybe they’d disappear once my hormones were back to normal, but no. The bad news is that it never went away,” she said. “Oh, and I gained like 10 more chin hairs with each pregnancy (four total—you do the math).”
2. The Fat Nose
Pregnant women generally accumulate weight in their midsections, but there are those who accumulate weight everywhere. Rita was one of those women.
“I did not anticipate that my nose would get bigger too. But it did, and I walked around for the last few months of my pregnancy with a swollen schnoz that would have been better suited to a garden gnome.”
3. The Skin Tags
Other than her skin breaking out, Rita also experienced an excess of skin growth, “weird little flaps of extra skin that appeared in random places, like the sides of my neck and under my armpit, serving no purpose whatsoever aside from being odd and annoying.”
4. The Ugly Veins
“When I was young, childless, and naïve, I’d see women with road-map legs and think about how terrible it must be to age so ungracefully. Little did I know that by the time I was a ripe old 29, I’d have spider veins on the backs of my knees so bad that I could navigate someone from here to China.”
5. The Big Feet
She has large feet to begin with, and her two pregnancies only made it bigger.
“My youngest is nearly 4, and I’m still waiting on the day when I wake up and slip into a 9 again, but that hasn’t happened yet.”
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