I previously blogged about the things I learned in the first half of pregnancy (here), so I figured it was only fitting to share what I've learned in the second half of pregnancy!
Numbness + Carpal Tunnel - Because my uterus began pushing on certain nerves and other body parts, I found that my hands eventually went numb in the second half of my pregnancy, plus I developed carpal tunnel in my right hand (my dominant hand). To help cope, I wore a brace for the last couple of weeks.
Bloody Nose - Luckily, I never had any bleeding come out of my nose, but I always had dried blood inside my nose. Sorry if that's TMI! But apparently that's normal with pregnancy.
Skin Changes - I have always had very oily skin, but with my pregnancy, it seemed to clear up quite a bit. It wasn't dry and it wasn't oily - it was just perfect!
Sleep Changes - Two things that became a norm during my sleep in the second part of pregnancy: drooling and ear aches. I have no idea how these are related to pregnancy, but almost nightly I would wake up in a pile of drool on my pillow. I also found that my ears would hurt really bad, as if I was sleeping on them wrong.
Appetite - Although you would think the opposite, I was always full during my pregnancy. I guess it's because my daughter pushed up against my stomach, making it feel smaller. I am not sure. But I could go hours upon hours without eating and be totally fine.
Hair Changes - Before pregnancy, I had always had very thin hair. During pregnancy, I learned what it was like to have nice, thick hair. It was the best ever. Now that I'm postpartum, I hear that hair will start falling out like nobodies business. We'll see what happens.
Stretching - When stretching, the best advice that I have is to never point your toes! It will almost always induce charlie horses (at least it did for me). Instead, I would extend the heel of my foot when I wanted a good stretch.
Swelling - Just when you think your swelling can't get any worse, it does. I had major issues with swelling and each day it seemed to get worse.
I really miss being pregnant, despite some of the more uncomfortable parts of it. I am looking forward to the day when I'll be pregnant again. However, I am so blessed to have my little girl in my arms these days and it will be nice to get my body back! Kensie and I have lots of dates planned with our jogging stroller!