When I saw that positive pregnancy test I felt a rush throughout my entire body. I uncontrollably paced around the house, suddenly excited and nervous simultaneously. My husband and I just started trying and, honestly, I thought the process would take much longer. The positive test was instantaneous, though, and so was the stream of emotions that quickly followed. I realized pregnancy came with numerous emotions, some of which are heightened due to increased levels of various hormones. I also learned there are certain pregnancy feels no one is allowed to blame on hormones, pregnant people included.
Since I had every single pregnancy symptom known to expecting women, I thought my hormones were working in overdrive. Approximately two weeks after I found out I was pregnant the nausea began. The nausea, quickly joined by indescribable exhaustion, was so bad that I constantly regretted being alive. I couldn't wait for nighttime so I could sleep and not feel anything, and every morning was met with disdain. I couldn't even get up to pee because of how sick I was. Some days, I crawled to the bathroom because standing upright was not an option.
I realized many of my symptoms were caused by a disruption of hormones, but that doesn't mean blaming those symptoms on the hormones made me feel any better. In fact, just like blaming my irritability on my period, blaming everything on pregnancy hormones just made me feel worse. So, with that in mind and because playing the blame game never helped anyone, here are a few pregnancy feels you can't chalk up to pregnancy hormones. Ever.