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22 Things No One Ever Tells You About Pregnancy

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1. In the early days of pregnancy, you are both pregnant and not pregnant.

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Doctors calculate pregnancy from the first day of the mother's last period. So if you're pregnant, for at least the first few days of your official pregnancy, you weren't pregnant at all.

4. Your nose can work overtime…


Suddenly, you can smell everything – rubbish bins and fishmongers miles and miles away. And meanwhile, on public transport, you find that you take against anyone wearing perfume.


8. Your cravings may be inconsistent. / Via Creative Commons

You want pizza. You need pizza. You buy pizza. All of a sudden, the very thought of pizza makes you throw up all over yourself. All in a day's work for the pregnant woman.


9. You may have more saliva than you know what to do with.

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No one really knows what causes excess salivation during pregnancy, only that it occurs more often in women with heartburn and morning sickness. Oh, and talking of morning sickness...


14. Your attitude to sex may change. And change again. And again.

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You may be too nauseous for sex in the first three months. In the second trimester your libido may become very "healthy". In the third trimester the logistics of sex may be beyond you, since at this point you're basically Miley Cyrus and the wrecking ball in the "Wrecking Ball" video.


17. It's okay not to want everyone to touch your belly.

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For some reason, some people think pregnant women's bellies are public property. You are allowed to feel exactly the same about someone running up and touching your pregnant body as you would someone touching your non-pregnant body.

18. You will start to count things in weeks, not months.


That's fine – your doctor will do it, after all. And it's fun to tell people you're 196 days pregnant, and let them try to work it out in their heads.