To us outsiders, being pregnant seems like such a beautiful experience. Months of researching baby names, learning about the human body during doctor's appointments, and bringing a new life into this world. Honestly, it sounds so magical.

But the everyday life of pregnancy is so much more than that. And way less glamorous than the movies want us to believe. Stylish maternity clothes are really expensive and hard to find, and that "glow" that everyone keeps mentioning is more sweat than sprinkles.

To paint you a more accurate picture of what it's really like to grow a human being in your belly, Bored Panda has compiled a list of honest posts that mothers and their loved ones made about them expecting.

#1

Unsolicited Advice

Unsolicited Advice

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New Prometheus
Community Member
2 months ago

It's ok to assume one is pregnant if it encourages to be polite (to give a seat, open doors, etc) but if it's used to control and humiliate like in this example... Makes me MAD.

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#2

Oops

Oops

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Julia Atkinson
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2 months ago

Just a reminder that you don't need to be pregnant to do this

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To help you make sense of what pregnant women go through, Bored Panda contacted Vicki Broadbent, a writer, director, broadcaster, and founder of the parenting blog Honest Mum. "There is a myriad of changes which take place when you're pregnant: hormonal so chemical/emotional changes and of course physical as your body expands to house your precious cargo," the bestselling author of Mumboss (UK) and The Working Mom (the US and Canada) said.

Vicki herself has two boys and a baby girl on the way. "I believe pregnancy has provided me with somewhat of a maternal superpower too. My instincts are sharpened so my boundaries are stronger; I have less tolerance for any BS or drama as I'm protective of my mental and physical health and that of my baby's and my focus is firmly on that which brings me joy," she explained. "I recently read that women are born with all of the eggs they'll ever have in a lifetime and that when my mother was in my grandmother's womb I was there, nestled within her as a tiny egg. How incredible is that? I like to think there's a generational strength that has been passed down to me from this strong line of women, empowering me on a cellular level."

That's true, female babies are born with all the egg cells they're ever going to have; around 1-2 million of them! No new egg cells are made during their lifetime. When a girl reaches puberty, she has between 300,000 and 400,000 eggs left.

#3

A Gift My Husband Made For Me To Use When Strangers/Family Get Too Grabby Towards My Belly Without Asking First

A Gift My Husband Made For Me To Use When Strangers/Family Get Too Grabby Towards My Belly Without Asking First

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IAN KELLY
Community Member
2 months ago

That is disgusting, even when they’re pregnant they still have personal space! They should have two persons worth in fact!

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#4

Feelin’ Like A Whole Chicken

Feelin’ Like A Whole Chicken

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TmKhr
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2 months ago

I would be worried if I saw movement in the chicken

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Pregnancy starts taking its toll right from the get-go. "First-trimester nausea and fatigue certainly aren't fun. Nor is indigestion and insomnia of the second trimester but as this is my fourth pregnancy and third baby (I sadly lost a baby last year), I am relishing the magic of pregnancy as much as possible," Vicki Broadbent said.

That being said, Vicki still faces challenges. "I can't lie and say I'm fully at peace with my changing body as society/the media and my own pressure to not look 'too big' does affect me but I'm certainly trying to be kind to myself with loving affirmations and making healthy food choices and safely exercising. I'm doing daily meditation too so I can be more responsive and less reactive — hormones can be wild at times — so that helps!"

Tommy's, the largest UK charity researching the causes and prevention of pregnancy complications, miscarriage, stillbirth, premature birth, and neonatal death, also recognizes that it's natural to get a bit stressed when you're pregnant and acknowledges that coping with your symptoms and changing lifestyle, as well as everyday life, can sometimes be overwhelming. To relax, Tommy's offers these tips.

#5

I Texted My 36 Week Pregnant Wife To Ask How She Was Feeling, This Was The Photo I Got In Response

I Texted My 36 Week Pregnant Wife To Ask How She Was Feeling, This Was The Photo I Got In Response

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IAN KELLY
Community Member
2 months ago

Judging from the rest of this thread seems appropriate

Hermione
Community Member
2 months ago

I feel like that too sometimes. Nothing to do with pregnancy though.

denzoren
Community Member
2 months ago

Seems pretty accurate. Now you need to plan your next step of action very carefully...I think it should involve ice cream.

Diana Hockley
Community Member
2 months ago

I remember that time well - and my youngest is 49 this year LOL

Lynne Stankard
Community Member
2 months ago

Me rolling on floor laughing like a lunatic - husband comes in and asks what the hell I'm laughing at - just pushed my ipad towards him - collapse of hubby!!! Wonderful pic.

Mary Hilton
Community Member
2 months ago

Your wife is hilarious...

Vicky Z
Community Member
2 months ago

The only thing not accurate is the lack of hair i think.... not easy to shave when pregnant but who cares

Sue Clifford
Community Member
2 months ago

This is really really funny 😆.

Lionelle Grosdemanche-dien
Community Member
2 months ago

WOW...definitely, pregnancy is not suiting her nicely.

Diane Johnson
Community Member
2 months ago

She's maintained her sense of humor. Good for her!

Nothanks L. Walk
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Ross : "WHY IS IT INSIDE OUT?!"

Jacob Timothy
Community Member
4 weeks ago

😂

Denise Mclean
Community Member
2 months ago

Ha Ha ! That look says back off.

Melissa McGuire
Community Member
2 months ago

Yup...

Helen Si
Community Member
2 months ago

cute

Sophia Muszynski
Community Member
2 months ago

That’s fair

EJN
Community Member
2 months ago

I love it!

Lynn Morello
Community Member
2 months ago

Purrfect

Janet Chaney
Community Member
2 months ago

omgoodness....this one made me snort my coffee!

Eileen Schwab
Community Member
2 months ago

Briliant

backatya
Community Member
2 months ago

grosssssssss

Amanda Hunter
Community Member
2 months ago

How nice, my husband was never bothered.

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
2 months ago

Looks about right.

Catherine Brady
Community Member
2 months ago

I love this!

Julie Smith
Community Member
2 months ago

That is hilarious! And so true!😂😂😂

Rosemary Moreland
Community Member
2 months ago

Says it so well😂

Zelda Jones
Community Member
2 months ago

bahahaha

jevais
Community Member
2 months ago

That says it all.

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#6

My Pregnant Wife Had To Dress Up As A Superhero For Work Today

My Pregnant Wife Had To Dress Up As A Superhero For Work Today

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Helena Houzarová
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2 months ago

Another way in which Endgame delivered! (The more serious being showing a superhero battling depression, generally being a mess, and crying, while still being a superhero.)

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Personally, Vicki prefers meditation and allowing herself to feel all the emotions that arise. This includes crying when she needs to. 

"Talking candidly about how I'm feeling is key," she said. "I kept a lot of trauma buried within me after a tough first birth and I learned from that period that not expressing my pain was detrimental to my mental health so now I talk (and talk) to those I love."

The mom listens to her body too. "When I need to sleep, I sleep and any guilt I might have harbored to try and be superwoman in previous pregnancies has definitely gone this time around."

Vicki discusses her experiences in her blog Honest Mum as well as on Facebook and Instagram. She will be releasing a new post today so be sure to check it out. Nobody is quite as articulate and sincere as she is.

#7

My Pregnant Wife Is Practicing Her Swaddling. Skittles Isn't A Fan

My Pregnant Wife Is Practicing Her Swaddling. Skittles Isn't A Fan

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SoozeeQ
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2 months ago

Purrito!

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#8

Pregnancy Problems

Pregnancy Problems

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Bear Hall
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2 months ago

"It's not funny Ugha. Pick up and give me the honey covered pickles or you'll wish you married a sabretooth tiger." - even cavemen knew this joke.

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#9

Help Your Wife Out

Help Your Wife Out

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Andy Acceber
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2 months ago

He's a keeper. That's a real man.

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#10

My Wife Sneaking Up On Me

My Wife Sneaking Up On Me

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Laana
Community Member
2 months ago

Laughing my ass off 😂

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#11

My 39-Week Pregnant Wife Went To The Store To “Get Stuff For Dinner”. This Is What She Came Home With

My 39-Week Pregnant Wife Went To The Store To “Get Stuff For Dinner”. This Is What She Came Home With

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Vero
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2 months ago

I see nothing wrong with this dinner

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#12

My Pregnant Wife Wanted Pancakes In The Middle Of The Night. I Delivered

My Pregnant Wife Wanted Pancakes In The Middle Of The Night. I Delivered

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Laana
Community Member
2 months ago

Ohh,that happy face 😊

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#13

Pregnancy Struggles

Pregnancy Struggles

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Otter
Community Member
2 months ago

While pregnant, a friend used to refer to the toilets as "the pregnant woman's hangout".

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#14

My Wife Is Pregnant And She Thought It Would Be Funny To Take A Picture Of Our Dog's Feet Looking Like They Are Her's

My Wife Is Pregnant And She Thought It Would Be Funny To Take A Picture Of Our Dog's Feet Looking Like They Are Her's

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IAN KELLY
Community Member
2 months ago

How did she get the dog to agree to this?

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#15

Pregnancy Probs

Pregnancy Probs

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Floofy Samoyed
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2 months ago

I'm sorry but what pregnant woman says the first one

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#16

Pregnancy Is Beautiful They Said. You'll Glow They Said

Pregnancy Is Beautiful They Said. You'll Glow They Said

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IAN KELLY
Community Member
2 months ago

I think they said grow

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#17

Pregnancy Brain

Pregnancy Brain

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Raven Sheridan
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2 months ago

Baby brain is a real condition!

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#18

My Pregnant Wife Has Been Practicing Her Swaddling Technique On The Dog

My Pregnant Wife Has Been Practicing Her Swaddling Technique On The Dog

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IAN KELLY
Community Member
2 months ago

Dear god woman just end this already- dog

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#19

Pregnancy Problems

Pregnancy Problems

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Andy Acceber
Community Member
2 months ago

You've raised the 3-year-old well.

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#20

Before And After

Before And After

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Potatogamers2
Community Member
2 months ago

She had twins! It's quite an old photo, but still very incredible what a body can do!

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#21

My Wife Is 39 Weeks Pregnant And Really Wants To See Deadpool 2

My Wife Is 39 Weeks Pregnant And Really Wants To See Deadpool 2

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TmKhr
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2 months ago

Ryan Reynolds should see this

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#22

My Husband Found Me Hiding In The Bathroom, Pants Down, Shoveling Cookie Dough Ice Cream In My Mouth And Hiding From Our Kids. This Is Pregnancy (29weeks)

My Husband Found Me Hiding In The Bathroom, Pants Down, Shoveling Cookie Dough Ice Cream In My Mouth And Hiding From Our Kids. This Is Pregnancy (29weeks)

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Shea
Community Member
2 months ago

is this the cutest marriage ever or is it just me??

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#23

Pregnancy Struggles

Pregnancy Struggles

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Nadine Debard
Community Member
2 months ago

Same! Now my husband helps me (and sometimes for the socks, the shoes...)

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#24

Pregnancy Hormones

Pregnancy Hormones

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IAN KELLY
Community Member
2 months ago

Why not both, you have two hands

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#25

Pregnancy Brain Is So Real. My Daughters Daycare Lady Sent Me This. I’m So Embarrassed

Pregnancy Brain Is So Real. My Daughters Daycare Lady Sent Me This. I’m So Embarrassed

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IAN KELLY
Community Member
2 months ago

Quickly blame the child

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#26

Looking All Over The House For A Good While... And Freaking Out Since Already Running Late, Finally Found My Damn Keys

Looking All Over The House For A Good While... And Freaking Out Since Already Running Late, Finally Found My Damn Keys

Common side effect of parenting while pregnant.

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Amy Bindokas
Community Member
2 months ago

It’s not just a pregnancy thing I’ve done done this a few times found my phone in the freezer once.

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#27

Too Hot To Wear Pants And Dresses Are Mostly All That Fits Me So I Had To Figure Out A Way To Shave My Legs While Not Being Able To Bend Over

Too Hot To Wear Pants And Dresses Are Mostly All That Fits Me So I Had To Figure Out A Way To Shave My Legs While Not Being Able To Bend Over

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tiari
Community Member
2 months ago

Or just... don't?

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#28

8 Months Pregnant And Came Out Of The Bank To Find This... (I’m The Blue Car)

8 Months Pregnant And Came Out Of The Bank To Find This... (I’m The Blue Car)

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Bear Hall
Community Member
2 months ago

Kick the other car till the alarm starts and start to yell with them when they'll come running.

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#29

Pregnant In A Heat Wave

Pregnant In A Heat Wave

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Verena Gitterle
Community Member
2 months ago

Lying down is easy, but how did you get up?

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#30

I Heard “You’re So Big!” And “You’re So Small!” Literally Within The Same Day In Pregnancy And I Was Like Wut

I Heard “You’re So Big!” And “You’re So Small!” Literally Within The Same Day In Pregnancy And I Was Like Wut

What is it about our baby bumps that makes people think they can give us their UNSOLICITED comments and suggestions?⁠
Here's a tip: Just wish us and our baby good health and safe delivery. ⁠

What's the worst unsolicited comment you've heard about your pregnancy?⁠

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Nadine Debard
Community Member
2 months ago

Very often they're only kind people being a bit clumsy. First one: 'oh, you're 7 months pregnant, but your belly is very discreet'. A week later, (admiring tone) ' wow you're due in October, but your belly is already quite big' (really depends on the clothes I wear). I know my baby is OK, I didn't overweight, I'm in good health and shape, so I really don't mind comments like this as they're first meant to be nice.

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#31

Cracking Up At The Hilarious (& Oh So Relatable) Difference Of My Undies From March vs. Today At 37 Weeks

Cracking Up At The Hilarious (& Oh So Relatable) Difference Of My Undies From March vs. Today At 37 Weeks

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Queen Boudicca
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2 months ago

Those blue undies may have inadvertently contributed to you needing the olive ones....good for you!

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#32

The Next Person That Asks Me How My Pregnancy Is Going Will Just Be Shown This Picture

The Next Person That Asks Me How My Pregnancy Is Going Will Just Be Shown This Picture

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Nadine Debard
Community Member
2 months ago

Edema in only one leg should be a signal to go to the doctor's quite soon

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#33

Technically This Conversation With My Husband Happened Yesterday, But I Swear It Feels Like I Have A Similar One With Him Everyday

Technically This Conversation With My Husband Happened Yesterday, But I Swear It Feels Like I Have A Similar One With Him Everyday

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Anne
Community Member
2 months ago

maybe husband could pack your bag for you in the morning (if the schedules match)

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#34

I Sent This Series Of Texts To My Hubby Just Now

I Sent This Series Of Texts To My Hubby Just Now

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TheGayOne
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2 months ago

I get this and im not even pregnant lol

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#35

How Many Breakfasts Have You Had Today? This Is My Third

How Many Breakfasts Have You Had Today? This Is My Third

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IAN KELLY
Community Member
2 months ago

Elevensies

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#36

Nailed It

Nailed It

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Julia Atkinson
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2 months ago

Meh, close enough

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#37

My Husband And I Took Our 5 Year Old To The Amusement Park For The First Time Today. I'm 9 Months Pregnant, This Was My Favorite Ride

My Husband And I Took Our 5 Year Old To The Amusement Park For The First Time Today. I'm 9 Months Pregnant, This Was My Favorite Ride

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Andy Acceber
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2 months ago

Whyyyyyyy? Going to the amusement park for the first time at the age of 6 will be just as fun.

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#38

"Let's Watch Football And Eat Nachos Together All Day!" Not

"Let's Watch Football And Eat Nachos Together All Day!" Not

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MrOwlAteMyMetalWorm.
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2 months ago

Cute.

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#39

Pregnant Women Problems

Pregnant Women Problems

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Clearly sunny
Community Member
2 months ago

Forgiven. For now.

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#40

Pickle Juice Popsicles

Pickle Juice Popsicles

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IAN KELLY
Community Member
2 months ago

🤢

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#41

No, I Am Not Enjoying Contractions. Also, I Had A Baby This Morning

No, I Am Not Enjoying Contractions. Also, I Had A Baby This Morning

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Verena Gitterle
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2 months ago

Not now

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#42

Im Not Saying That She Has Pregnancy Brain... I Mean It’s Also Possible That She Made Chocolate Waffles. Either Way It Smells Like A Delicious Campfire In Our Kitchen

Im Not Saying That She Has Pregnancy Brain... I Mean It’s Also Possible That She Made Chocolate Waffles. Either Way It Smells Like A Delicious Campfire In Our Kitchen

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A B C
Community Member
2 months ago

"A delicious campfire" is the perfect description 😂😂

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#43

Pregnancy Is Weird

Pregnancy Is Weird

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A B C
Community Member
2 months ago

Why is this boxed and custom made as if it were from a pizza place, but uncooked and sealed in plastic?

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#44

Pregnant Wife Ordered Cheese Fries, This Isn’t Going To End Well

Pregnant Wife Ordered Cheese Fries, This Isn’t Going To End Well

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Queen Boudicca
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2 months ago

Yes. Run. But warn Buffalo Wild Wings people first...

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#45

My Friend's Wife Is Pregnant. She Got Cravings For Sweet And Spicy

My Friend's Wife Is Pregnant. She Got Cravings For Sweet And Spicy

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IAN KELLY
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2 months ago

Umm? Where’d a third of the Oreos go already?

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#46

Preggo Brain At Its Finest. Opened My Front Door This Morning To Find These In It

Preggo Brain At Its Finest. Opened My Front Door This Morning To Find These In It

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Queen Boudicca
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2 months ago

I've done that when I wasn't pregnant..

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#47

Pregnancy Struggles

Pregnancy Struggles

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Queen Boudicca
Community Member
2 months ago

They are called "cankles" now...

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#48

Pregnant Problems

Pregnant Problems

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Julia Atkinson
Community Member
2 months ago

Fairly sure she means "bawling"

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#49

Let's Say I "Hypothetically" Forgot To Take A Pyrex Lid Out Of The Oven Before I Preheat It And It "Hypothetically" Melted

Let's Say I "Hypothetically" Forgot To Take A Pyrex Lid Out Of The Oven Before I Preheat It And It "Hypothetically" Melted

What would be the best way to get the plastic off the hypothetical oven rack? Or would one need to just throw the whole damn oven out? Asking for a friend.

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Otter
Community Member
2 months ago

Actually, melted plastic usually peels right off of smooth metal, once it cools. Ask me anything about bad housekeeping!

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#50

Third Trimester Probz

Third Trimester Probz

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JuJu
Community Member
2 months ago

Let it grow, let it grow, let it grow

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