21 Honest Comics That Show How Hard The Life Of A Pregnant Woman Is

There are dozens and dozens of books on ‘what to expect when you’re expecting’ that prepare mothers-to-be on the ins and outs of being pregnant, but instead of laying it out in a book, Bored Panda put together this hilarious series of comics.

Some of these illustrations highlight the more well-known struggles of being pregnant, such as the wild mood swings that make you cry at the silliest things – but are you prepared for the crazy costs of maternity clothes? Not to mention being prepared for how other people will treat you seeing your growing belly – yes they will ask to touch it. Scroll down below to check out these hilarious pregnancy comics and don’t forget to upvote your favs!

#1

You Will Have The Craziest Cravings

Dr. Jolene Brighten, a naturopathic doctor and author of the book Healing Your Body Naturally After Childbirth, explained that women’s sex hormones shift during pregnancy. The result, she said, “Sometimes we can see lower dopamine levels, which will cause you to crave everything.”

#2

You'll Realize How Many Things You Took For Granted

In a study by the Department of Anesthesiology, Yale University School of Medicine, 950 pregnant women were surveyed about lower back pain during pregnancy, how it impacts day-to-day life and how their healthcare provider managed the pain. According the Sleep Foundation, the study showed that 645 respondents reported back pain during their pregnancy and a majority claimed that it caused sleep disturbances.

#3

Fit Moms Will Annoy The Hell Out Of You

Health expert Jennifer Wider, M.D., told SELF. “These pictures online can be misleading because pregnancy is so individual, and what appropriate weight gain looks like varies from woman to woman,” adding, “Trying to stay ‘thin’ can be dangerous to both the emotional and physical health of the mom and the physical health of the baby.”

#4

Pregnancy Clothes Will Become Luxury Items

The maternity wear market is a $2 billion industry, cites Vox, with Destination Maternity constituting 18.7% of the industry’s revenue. Fortune estimates that pregnant women, on average, spend almost $500 per pregnancy on maternity clothes. That breaks down to between $50 and $60 spent per month of pregnancy.

#5

Every Smell Will Make You Nauseous

Hormones are once again to blame when it comes to a heightened sense of smell – estrogen in particular. Studies have shown that heightened levels of this hormone can even affect the olfactory senses of non-pregnant women. Scientists aren’t really sure how and if estrogen creates any actual changes in the nose or the brain that would result in the increased sense of smell in pregnant women, but it is clear there is some connection. 

#6

You Will Have Only One Pair Of Shoes That Will Fit

Live Science says that researchers measured the arch height and foot length of 49 women during their pregnancy and five months after they had given birth. On average, the women’s arch height decreased, and in turn, their foot length increased between 2 and 10 millimeters (about 0.1 to 0.4 inches) — during this period.

#7

You Will Want To Pee More Than Ever Before

One of the uncomfortable signs of pregnancy is always having to pee. Hormonal changes increase urine production, combined with an expanding uterus that presses on the bladder. In the second trimester, the uterus continues to expand and will rise higher in the abdomen, away from the bladder so frequent urination will subside. Inconvenient pee breaks return in the third trimester when the baby drops lower in the pelvis in preparation for delivery, 

#8

Exhaustion Will Be Too Goddamn High

Fatigue during pregnancy is most common during the first trimester. It tends to go away during the second trimester, but will usually return in the third trimester. According to the American Association, this fatigue is caused by hormonal changes. Your body is producing more blood to carry nutrients to your growing baby.

#9

You Will Reach Peak Sensitivity

One of the many hormonal side-effects is crying over the most random things. According to Lucy Puryear, M.D., psychiatrist and author of Understanding Your Moods When You’re Expecting, this is a staple of the first trimester in particular. “Estrogen and progesterone are skyrocketing at the beginning of your pregnancy,” she explained to Parents magazine, “The changes have big effects on your mood. You can be tearful one minute and happy the next.”

#10

You Will Get Scared

More than 1 in 10 pregnant women experience anxiety at some point during pregnancy. Hormonal changes during pregnancy may affect the chemicals in your brain, which can result in anxiety. Pregnancy is a time of tremendous change so these feelings are normal. 

#11

Perception About Your Body Will Change Dramatically

A study on women’s experiences of their pregnancy and postpartum body image concluded that: “Women’s perception of their pregnancy body image is varied and depends on the strategies they use to protect against social constructions of female beauty. Women have unrealistic expectations for their postpartum body, highlighting this as an area where women need better support.”

#12

Everybody Will Start To Think You're Fragile

#13

Many People Will Have A Piece Of Advice For You

#14

You Will Get "Pregnancy" Brains

Ever heard of pregnancy brain? This occurs in the early stages of pregnancy and is the result of sky-high levels of progesterone or the “calming hormone.” Dr. Puryear told the outlet, “When I was pregnant with Parker, I once put my older son Peter’s Legos in the refrigerator, and then I tried to serve him a cup of keys to drink!” says Caroline, a mom of two who lives in Oklahoma City.

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#15

Many People Will Think You're On Vacation

#16

Your Inner Glow Will Start To Shine Through

The pregnancy glow is one of the skin changes that is caused by the changes and increase of hormones during pregnancy, according to the American Pregnancy Association. These hormones cause your glands to produce more oil, which makes your face more shiny – or “glowing.”

#17

You''ll Get More Attention Than You Ever Wanted

#18

You Will Have Problems With Mobility

#19

There Will Be Only One Thing On Your Mind

Ottawa OB/GYN Doug Black told Today’s Parent that many pregnant women will experience an increased libido, especially late in the first trimester and beyond, when hormones are high. Also, he says that blood flow to the sexual organs, breasts and vulva is increased, heightening sexual pleasure. 

#20

You Will Get Battlemarks

A stretch mark is a type of scar that develops when our skin stretches or shrinks quickly – like during pregnancy. The abrupt change causes the collagen and elastin, which support our skin, to rupture. As the skin heals, stretch marks may appear.

#21

Real Pregnancy Will Be Nothing Like In The Books

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Written by Alan Smith

Alan Smith

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