Pregnancy makes many everyday activities hard. While the beginning of pregnancy is well known for morning/all day sickness, the last weeks are hard because of your belly. You see, as my belly grew it got harder to do basic things. I remember walking into my OB’s office late November. She looked at my feet and asked, “Is it flip flop weather today?” No, I replied…”I couldn’t get my sneakers on!” I never expected to be unable to dress completely during pregnancy. Here is a list of my top 10 things that become impossible during pregnancy. This post is sponsored and contains affiliate links.
- Tying My Shoes
As my belly grew, my choice in shoes shrunk. Even if I got my foot into a slip-on shoe, I couldn’t reach down well to adjust it. I tried spreading my legs apart and reaching from the side, lying on my back and every gymnastic maneuver I could manage. As an OT, I was lucky to have some ADL tools in my closet and used a long handled shoe horn to guide my wide, swollen pregnancy lady feet into some slip-ons!
2. Putting on socks
Along with tying my shoes, reaching down to put on socks was another hurdle. The last few weeks my feet were a bit swollen and I liked wearing support socks. Unfortunately, these super tight socks designed to keep swelling down and support my legs were nearly impossible to get on! I would wake up in the morning and lie on my back wrestling the stretchy beasts until I had them up to my knees. At night, I had to ask my husband to take them off!
3. Seeing your nether regions
I have always tried to keep my lady area groomed. I don’t go for a full wax, but I have a trimmer and try to keep the lawn mowed…so to speak. Towards the end of my pregnancies, I started to think about all the people who would see my nether region. I tried desperately to trim my lady lawn on the commode and had to use a mirror to see! I didn’t do a fantastic job without my vision to guide me…but I felt lucky to get it trimmed at all!
4. Walking through narrow spaces
Near the end of my 4th pregnancy, I was waiting in a semi-long line in the handicapped aisle at the supermarket and saw the cashier looking at me. Once she had my attention she said, “The line next to me is open.” I glanced at it and replied, “I know, but I can’t fit down that aisle” and pointed at my belly. I never noticed how narrow supermarket checkouts were until I had to squeeze a giant belly through!
Sitting. Yes….sitting. There came a point during pregnancy when my belly hit my thighs and I had to lean back a bit to sit down. For awhile I could sit with my legs apart to make room for my belly, but after awhile breathing was tough sitting upright and I had to lean back! It also became difficult to get up from a sitting position! Normally, we lean forward to stand up but when you’re bump is fully bumped…getting up can require help!
Between all-day nausea, my giant pregnant lady underwear and support socks…I didn’t feel very attractive duirng pregnancy. In addition, my sex drive went up and down. There were times when I desired it and felt to ill to participate, other times I felt energetic. However, towards the end, it seemed like having sex was nearly physically impossible! My husband is a big man and we learned some new positions that avoided having him put pressure on my belly and were enjoyable for both of us.
7. Walking Long Distances
There was a point during each pregnancy that I was nesting and needed to go to a big box store. Walking had become difficult. My pelvis hurt, I think it was loose in the front and I waddled when I walked Donald duck style. In addition, when my belly got really big strangers would ask if I was planning on delivering the baby in-store! I learned to drive one of those electric grocery carts and managed Target and Walmart like a pro!
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I knew when my belly dropped because it suddenly became easier to breathe! As baby got higher I felt like all of my organs were getting squished towards my lungs. I got short of breath easily, couldn’t inhale fully and felt like I should have had an oxygen tank! As someone who was previously in pretty good shape I felt so odd being out of breath as I huffed and puffed walking up stairs.
Driving during pregnancy was a challenge! My belly made it difficult to sit fully upright and it was hard to get close enough to the steering wheel. I tried to avoid driving for the most part, but for doctor appointments and grocery shopping I had to get my giant bump behind the wheel. I developed a position where I leaned the seat back a tad, put my left leg near the door jam and positioned my seatbelt as recommended so I could drive.
10. Dealing with strangers
I have never considered myself to be an extrovert, but I do enjoy the company of friends. It wasn’t until I became pregnant that personal questions from complete strangers started. Full details in my 10 things never to say to a pregnant woman. I started giving myself extra time and dreaded going to the supermarket. There are few things more irritating to a tired pregnant woman, wearing support socks having difficulty walking, than a stranger asking if I’m delivering vaginally.
Before I knew it, I had delivered baby and pregnancy was over. I documented babywearing through pregnancy and I’m glad I have photos to look back on! I look back now and it really has gone by in a flash! Soon after I had my baby, questions about when I would get back to my pre-pregnancy body started. Many people told me that time would fly with children and it does! Enjoy every moment. Even the tough ones.
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