Pain is something we usually associate with labor and delivery, for sure, but a lot of folks seem to think pregnancy is some sort of beautiful, magical vacation. These individuals have clearly never been pregnant. So, sadly and honestly, it's no surprise that most people fail to realize the painful things pregnant women deal with. Few pregnant women experience all of these (if you do, I salute you) and some can go through pregnancy without feeling uncomfortable at all (good for you, but you can't sit with us — kidding, kidding), but most of us get a combination of common aches and pains. It sucks, sisters, but even if non-pregnant society doesn't get it, the rest of us certainly do.
I had a miserable-ass pregnancy. Literally. I wouldn't necessarily classify the nausea and vomiting in my first trimester as painful so much as a constant discomfort. However, there were plenty of other garbage pregnancy side effects that I can only describe as physically agonizing. From hemorrhoids big enough to name (Sean, Tomi, and Big Bill O'Reilly) to mid-day migraines to a swift kick to my innermost lady parts, pregnancy was a freaking rodeo. And not in a good way.
In my opinion, this should be required reading for all partners, women trying to conceive, and anyone who has the gall to tell a pregnant woman to suck it up. We're pregnant, we're in pain, and we'd appreciate a little goddamn sympathy.