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^^Because I can assure you, 20-week "bump" pictures are muuuuch cuter than 37 week ones ;) 

Before I was pregnant, when I heard the word "pregnancy," there were a few expectations that automatically came to mind. Namely: morning sickness, shortness of breath, waddling, stretch marks, not being able to see/touch your toes, "pregnancy brain," sensitivity to smells, and cravings. Everyone seems to loooove talking about those aspects of pregnancy. But what about all of the other million bizarre things that happen when you're pregnant?! Throughout the course of my pregnancy I've compiled a list of things that I call, "What I Wasn't Expecting to be Expecting While Expecting." While you might suppose these symptoms are unique to only me (and possibly have nothing to do with being pregnant), each time something bizarre would happen I would google it and 100% of the time there was another pregnant woman somewhere, sometime who had also experienced that thing AND posted about it on an online forum, therefore validating my opinion that it was definitely related to and caused by pregnancy. :) 

Here are a few highlights from the list: 

Excessive sneezing. HAHAH. Yes I know how ridiculous this sounds, but both Stephen and I are convinced I've sneezed wayyyy more during this pregnancy than I did before. 

Snoring. ?!! This one still baffles me! When Stephen told me I'd started snoring I didn't believe him. He has since captured some pretty convincing (and REALLY EMBARRASSING) video footage. Much to my dismay...he wasn't exaggerating when he said I sounded like a bear! haha!

Burping. so. much. burping. (TMI? Sorry!)

Heart Palpitations. For example: You're sitting on the couch watching netflix and all-of-a-sudden your heart starts beating so fast you think that your body thinks that you're running a marathon. But no, you're just watching Netflix.

Ab soreness. Some days I feel like I've done about 1,000 crunches and my abs are SO SORE even sitting up hurts! It's truly bizarre. haha

Feeling Pulse. This one is hard to explain, but it happened a lot during the second trimester. I could feel my heartbeat/pulse in my fingers and/or feet, and a lot of times I could hear it in my ears too. (I swear I'm not making this stuff up!!!!)

Heartburn. I admit, I probably should have known about this one, as it is really really common. I just didn't actually know what it would feel like. I was experiencing it for a couple days and I kept trying to describe it to Stephen and he said, "Are you sure it's not heartburn?" I had never thought of that because silly me thought heartburn would actually feel like something related to my HEART. (Spoiler alert: it doesn't.) Needless to say, I googled it (seriously, what did pregnant women do before google?!) and it was indeed heartburn. In my throat. Go figure. 

Bloody Noses. I've only had a few, but I've had more during this pregnancy than I can remember having in my whole life before! 

And, while I'm on the topic, I might as well mention a few things I WAS expecting that did not actually happen:

Strangers touching my stomach.
Belly button popping out. (Yeah, yeah, Mom, you were right...)
Cravings. (Although there were plenty of times when a particular food sounded really good, I don't think I would really describe them as cravings.)
Inability to sleep. (<-- I know I'm going to have a lot of people that hate me for that one, but I have to say I've been SO BLESSED to sleep soundly throughout this entire pregnancy. Don't worry...I know that will change in just a few short weeks...) 

Also. SPEAKING OF expectations, I feel that I should mention that I watched Breakfast at Tiffany's a few weeks ago on Netflix and WHAT??? I'm not sure what I was expecting but I can 100% guarantee it was NOT that. And no, I don't recommend it. haha. It was weird. And definitely my least favorite of the Audrey Hepburn movies I've seen.

As always, validation regarding any/all of these REAL pregnancy symptoms (and thoughts about the truly odd film Breakfast at Tiffany's) are appreciated. 
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  1. Well, I have never been pregnant, but I can totally corroborate your comments about "Breakfast at Tiffany's". It has been many years since I have watched that movie, but I would say that sitting through it was only slightly more enjoyable than having my wisdom teeth pulled. :( Dad

    1. Seeing as I have yet to have my wisdom teeth pulled, I'll have to get back to you on that one, but I can attest to the fact that multiple times throughout the movie I thought to myself, "WHY am I watching this again??" To be honest, I still haven't come up with a good answer. I have no clue why that movie is so "iconic" because I found very little to like about it.

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  3. If you had asked me prior to watching "Breakfast at Tiffany's," I would have said that I had a similar reaction when I watched it years ago! But then you would have had to say "Yeah, yeah, Mom, you were right..." again! And we wouldn't want that! :)

  4. I couldn't written a huge list of things I wasn't expecting when expecting too!! Like I had a ton of random pains but they were all normal apparently. And so many more things. I had terrible heartburn too!! The worst. Love your blog. Do you know html?

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