I’m at week six and I have to say, I’m not feeling too bad. I’ve heard horror stories so I’m not going to complain when it could be much worse. Although I’m realizing that being pregnant is quite like having a strong rum or wine drinking night. Let me explain.
I feel dizzy 90% of the time. Basically it is the equivalent of having a few glasses of wine and feeling buzzed.
I pee all the time. It is the same as breaking the seal to early in the night of partying and constantly running to the bathroom. Just replace the alcohol with water.
Some people feel a large range of emotions when they drink too much or just drink anything at all. You have your happy drunks, emotional drunks, sloppy drunks, flirty drunks and mean drunks. You can have the full range of emotions pregnant as well. The main one for me is anger. I suddenly have zero patience or ability to calm my irish temper these days. My filter is gone and stuff flies out of my mouth.
When I have more than enough to drink I am the kind of drunk that eventually gets sleepy and is happy to find my bed to pass out into a blissful slumber. As a sober, pregnant woman, this growing a baby thing makes me do the same. I feel the need to leave the party early, crawl in bed, and pass the hell out into the hardest sleep of my life. Every night.
I’ve had my fair share of drinking nights when I come out of that blissful slumber, roll over in bed, and feel my stomach lurch. I usually run back through my head to see if I had enough food to match my alcohol intake. Now I roll over and feel my stomach lurch for who knows what reason. Hormones, lack of food, or too much food. Either way I try to take a deep breath and get back to sleep as soon as possible.
Then there is the morning of hangovers. You know what I mean. You sit up in bed the next day and feel every inch of that drinking. The symptom that you must have had way too much to drink, not enough water/food and a damn good time. There is nothing of the sort attached to my pregnancy hangover. In fact, this is the hangover that doesn’t go away as the day goes on. This hangover comes and goes daily. The food that sounds great to fix the hangover can immediately make you want to barf the second you put it in your mouth. There is no popping pills to help the headache associated with this hangover. There is the same dry heaving, queasy stomach and I wake up feeling like I’m coming out of a dark fog, trying to figure out how I got in this situation.
So if you are wondering what being pregnant feels like, just drink a shit load tonight and call me in the morning. We can compare notes.