Ah pregnancy! A time that promises a healthy glow, feel-good hormones, and all the lustrous, shiny hair a woman could want. But what about the not-so-glamorous side of pregnancy? The stuff that makes a woman feel like a teen in puberty or, worse, a frat boy from a bad '80s movie? Are these things normal, or do they only happen to women with really bad karma? Well, I can assure you it has nothing to do with karma. In fact, there are a lot of really awkward things about pregnancy that are totally normal. Yes, I'm talking about even the most seemingly weird and offensive pregnancy symptoms.
Now, I want to be clear that the following pregnancy symptoms all happened to Yours Truly. I was not what one would consider one of those "Hot Pregnant Women," (I mean, I was hot in the sense that my temperature had me sweating buckets, especially at night) or a woman who breezed through pregnancy with the greatest of ease. However, I do know those women actually exist, and in no way am I trying to suggest there is only one way to experience pregnancy. Nope, it's as diverse as women themselves.
However, I experienced a slew of pregnancy symptoms, and every other symptom made me feel like the Loch Ness Monster most of the time. For the duration of my first trimester I would have preferred staying in a dark room with a paper bag over my head, to match how gross I felt both inside and out. I didn't know at the time that many of the symptoms I was experiencing were totally normal, because I was one of the first people in my friend group to become pregnant. What didn't help? The people that I did know who were pregnant, didn't seem to be having the same issues. Way to make me feel like a freak of nature, you guys.