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

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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
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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
Community Member
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
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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!

Torhild Hansen
Community Member
2 months ago

I had twins, too, I can relate!

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Tesla Sulu
Community Member
2 months ago

Bodies are so amazing!

TmKhr
Community Member
2 months ago

Looking great in both pics

Moe Lewis
Community Member
2 months ago

Whoa! I can't imagine the back strain those two babes gave her! XD

BlackPearltheSeaWing/NightWing
Community Member
2 months ago

Uhhhhh I'm suddenly not wanting twins as much as I used to...

Unnamed Hooman
Community Member
2 months ago

Yeah… Bye bye dreams of twin boys

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Ami Temi
Community Member
2 months ago

She's gorgeous and adorable in both!

A Jones
Community Member
2 months ago

woah that is amazing. The human body can go through wild stuff.

Queen Boudicca
Community Member
2 months ago

Congratulations on your new baby!

Potatogamers2
Community Member
2 months ago

Babies! She had twins. I believe around a year or 2 years ago.

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BabyBooby
Community Member
2 months ago

Man I remember this kind of belly...I have twins and by my 7th month I had to hold my belly up with my hands underneath so my back wouldn't break....babies were 7lbs and 7lbs 14oz.....went 2 days over due date😫

RandomBeing
Community Member
1 month ago

Now thats a BIG OOF

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Philly Bob Squires
Community Member
2 months ago

They aren't stretch marks... they're battle scars!

Christer Kolterjahn
Community Member
2 months ago

Look just like my wife's stomach. After the birth of our twins I could feel her spine when stroking her stomach (before all organs fell back into place some time later). She still hates her stomach 20 years later, I love it - soft, cuddly and proof of that she carried our fantastic kids, now young women!

Cheri Aline Sydney
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Christopher, your comment/tribute to your wife, is lovely.... When men show appreciation, for the mother of their children, it is very touching! Wishing you and your family every happiness!

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Maria Fonferek
Community Member
2 months ago

Triplets at 32 weeks! Amazing what the body can do! belly-60f8...83b814.jpg belly-60f8a5c83b814.jpg

TheAnimalLady
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4 weeks ago

But I bet you can't pick up those books on the floor behind you 🤗

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Ivana
Community Member
2 months ago

God help me I hope I never have twins, but just imagine the sheer relief once they come out, must feel like you got a hair cut, took a pee after holding it for 6 hour car trip, and dumped a horrible boyfriend all at the same time.

LaLaMama
Community Member
2 months ago

Actually there's no relief, there's just tiredness and exhaustion 😅🙈 But believe me, the first time they laugh at each others faces is the most wonderful thing in the whole world!

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LisaBru2
Community Member
2 months ago

The wrapping paper always gets messed up when you open a gift :-) - great job momma!

Jo Choto
Community Member
2 months ago

This is the reality of what having babies (esp. multiples) looks like and we all need to see more of this, instead of the celebs who brag about being at their pre-pregnant size/weight/shape/tone 2 weeks after birth. How can anything be more amazing or beautiful than having made a whole human being (or two)?

sam puckett
Community Member
2 months ago

You had a c section! I think pls don't attack me

Elizabeth Cooper
Community Member
2 months ago

No. That's just a wrinkle from the loose skin. C-section cuts are horizontal and just below the bikini line. You wouldn't be able to see it from this pic if she did have one. Nothing wrong with learning something, forget that other guy. :)

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Denise Mclean
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2 months ago

Hope the husband can appreciate that, my husband said right after having the baby that I was still Fat !

Amyah Labrèche-Docq
Community Member
2 months ago

Ouf!!!! Wow! was she pregnant of twins? That is quite a tummy!

Donald Holder
Community Member
2 months ago

Beautiful before and after.

Lynne Stankard
Community Member
2 months ago

Beautiful lady xx

Sophia Tabarelli
Community Member
2 months ago

She is SO A BEAUTIFUL young lady...In Germany, such women are called "facial beauties" because they have such a fascinating face that any less beautiful part of the body does not matter.

Cherry Collins
Community Member
2 months ago

Well done xx

A Parker
Community Member
2 months ago

Beautiful <3

kybourbonpearls
Community Member
2 months ago

BEAUTIFUL! A woman's body is incredible.

Andreea Gherghel
Community Member
2 months ago

wow!!

Heidi Hunt
Community Member
2 months ago

Did u have twins?

Potatogamers2
Community Member
2 months ago

She did, yes!

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Jessica N
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1 week ago

Is very beautiful both ways n i hope she knows it

AspieGirl88
Community Member
1 week ago

Seriously looking like she’s going to birth a full-grown toddler out of there! Yes, I know she already had twins, but I’m just saying; the first pic makes you think there’s a 3 year old waiting to pop out! 😅

ArmyDog07
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Beautiful in both pics.

Kevin Earley
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Still beautiful!

Kevin Earley
Community Member
2 weeks ago

Still beautiful.

J Collins
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Absolutely beautiful!!

Paul Wairegi
Community Member
3 weeks ago

Am scaaareedddd😳😳😳😳😳😳

Ten G.
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Wow!

SF Angel
Community Member
1 month ago

woman's bodies are miracles

CincyReds
Community Member
1 month ago

Just wow!

Teri Campisi
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

Wow! Lost some weight Momma!

Flabuless-Jaye
Community Member
2 months ago

Even the Teddy behind her is looking at her bump thinking " Wow! Is she in danger of exploding?" Such an amazing photo of an amazing woman doing an amazing thing. I hope the pregnancy went well and that Mum and babies are doing just fine. ❤️

Lolliegag
Community Member
2 months ago

I had an emergency c-section and I was cut from my belly button all the way up and down to the top of my vagina. I looked like my stomach zipped up because they used staples to close me up. So it's not always just a tiny incision below the bikini line. It was a very traumatic surgery for a 20 year old.

Rebecca J. Laviolette
Community Member
2 months ago

Holy moly..

Brenda Savage
Community Member
2 months ago

What an amazing woman you are!

Nola Dorothy
Community Member
2 months ago

Well done!

Cathy Carey
Community Member
2 months ago

Was it triplets?

Sally Spelbring
Community Member
2 months ago

MY BODY LOOKS LIKE HER'S 2 BABIES LATER 2 C SECTIONS

Kim Lorton
Community Member
2 months ago

Woah! Did she by chance, give birth to more than one baby? Poor woman! She is so tiny, and to carry that baby(ies) must’ve been hard on her! She looks good in both pictures! Relieved in the second! Gooooo, mama!!❤️🥇🥇

TheAnimalLady
Community Member
4 weeks ago

Yes, twins.

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Caroline Starr
Community Member
2 months ago

I had twins, and no stretch marks. As a midwife I saw many pregnant bellies and the worst stretch marks I saw were on a 15 year old. It's a lottery if you get them or not.

kkathleen517
Community Member
2 months ago

Holy sh*t. I can't believe how big stomachs can get! How?!

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
2 months ago

Congratulations

Heather Hayllar
Community Member
2 months ago

Sadly I know the after condition

Rosemary Moreland
Community Member
2 months ago

Both are beautiful bodies

Unaffected
Community Member
2 months ago

Beautiful on both!

Daveychop
Community Member
2 months ago

Be proud. Beautiful Goddess ❤️

Joan Zatorski
Community Member
2 months ago

She is so beautiful in BOTH photos!!

ravina nimje
Community Member
2 months ago

How come her breasts stay the same?

Potatogamers2
Community Member
2 months ago

They either didn't grow in size, which is normal, or they did and at the time of the second picture, she's still breastfeeding/in the first few days.

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Bingyu Hu
Community Member
2 months ago

We can see... her boobs

backatya
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2 months ago

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that's one reason to not get pregnant. Nice tits

Elmie Pumpkinbush
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2 months ago

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This is horrifying, must have been so uncomfortable and painful. Why do women voluntarily put themselves throught this?

Martha Meyer
Community Member
2 months ago

It's not like she could have known beforehand that she'd have twins and her skin would stretch this badly. This isn't what happens in your average pregnancy.

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Demi Zwaan
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2 months ago (edited)

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First photo: EEEEEEEEW. Second photo: Ok.

LesbianLandscape
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2 months ago

How immature can you be?

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2 months ago

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Her stomach looks like and old lady's ass crack. This is revolting.

Desiree McKinnon
Community Member
2 months ago

No, this is normal for post pregnancy. What you see on TV and in movies, a perfectly made-up, hairstyled thin woman being handed a 3 month old baby isn't reality

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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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