As if the hyper simulation called life wasn’t hard already, if you’re a woman, Mother Nature throws you a real party to check how high your threshold is, and it lasts 9 months straight: with no breaks, no excuses, no emergency exit.

Yep, we’re talking pregnancy. While most people see only the happy side of this miracle, excitement, and anticipation that comes with expecting a baby, moms who’ve been there have experienced the other side of the coin, too.

From swelling up to the point that you no longer recognize your reflection to craving some genuinely weird food combinations, welcome to the mad land of pregnancy brain. Let’s take a look at all the crazy and unfortunate stuff that moms have been going through while pregnant, which surely makes them legit superwomen. Because if they survived this, nothing’s impossible for them.

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Stages Of Pregnancy

Stages Of Pregnancy

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Little Zoologist
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6 months ago

lmao 🤣🤣

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To find out more about pregnancy challenges, Bored Panda reached out to Amy Morrison, author, mom of two, and founder of Pregnant Chicken. Amy explained that pregnancy comes with a ton of treats that aren’t so pretty, like “swollen feet, heartburn, constipation, and weird hair growth, just to name a few.”

“Unfortunately, they rarely make for great dinner conversation so people stick to topics like picking names and getting the nursery ready over pregnancy ailments.”

But such an impression makes people mistakenly think the majority of pregnancies are easy, and as a result, “pregnant people think their pregnancy isn’t normal when often, it is.”

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While Pregnant With My Second Daughter, I Could Rest My Pregnant Belly On My Countertop. People Thought This Photo Was Fake. It’s Real, And My Back Still Isn’t Right

While Pregnant With My Second Daughter, I Could Rest My Pregnant Belly On My Countertop. People Thought This Photo Was Fake. It’s Real, And My Back Still Isn’t Right

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Wanda Cardenas
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6 months ago

I saw this poor mother to be when I went to the hospital for my checkup. She was pregnant with quadruplets and was wheelchair bound. I have never seen a more miserable looking person in my life. Her belly was destroyed with stretch marks. Her husband kept rubbing her shoulders; she was beyond any comfort. She was a true champ.

Tambot
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6 months ago

I seriously don't know how you handle 4... I had troubles with singletons. I guess you just do whatcha gotta do

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Charlie Kelly
Community Member
6 months ago

what's wrong with the back

Katy F
Community Member
6 months ago

Most women develop serious back pain/back conditions during pregnancy due to the size and weight of the stomach. All that weight on the stomach puts a lot of pressure on the back

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Mewton’s Third Paw
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6 months ago

There’s no way that’s good for you.

Cynthia Marrs
Community Member
5 months ago

I did this too. It gave me a break to rest the load.

Botox
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh, my! I was lucky to do it only with breasts after labour...

Isabella Vega
Community Member
6 months ago

That sounds very painful

Clearly sunny
Community Member
6 months ago

We all rest when we can.😑

Tobias the Tiger
Community Member
4 months ago

Holy s**t, I really thought she had a ball under her shirt.

Elaine Mattingly
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5 months ago

I was round like a pumpkin and he barely fit.

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Amy said that when she herself was pregnant, her feet grew half a size. “It happened during my first pregnancy and never went back. I had no idea how common this was.”

To all the pregnant moms to be out there, Amy says that “building a person from scratch with your body is difficult, but some roads are definitely tougher than others. It’s not fair and my heart goes out to anyone who is having a challenging pregnancy.”

#3

Hormones

Hormones

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Colin L
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6 months ago

Pregnancy can be very dangerous... to partners.

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As we are now living in unprecedented times of worldwide pandemic, being pregnant and delivering a baby now cause so many more challenges than they used to. In addition to all the other unpleasant (to say the least) pregnancy symptoms, women are dealing with even more stress.

In order to find out whether the risks that worry so many pregnant women currently are justified, the University of Florida College of Medicine’s department of obstetrics and gynecology chair Dr. John Smulian answers a couple of frequently asked questions.

Dr. Smulian said that even if there’s limited information regarding the link between Covid-19 and pregnancy, reports suggest that pregnant women are not more likely to become infected. Moreover, he confirmed that there’s no evidence that pregnant women who get infected with the virus are more likely to endure a severe course of illness than others.

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The Major Swelling, Even Your Nose Can Swell Up

The Major Swelling, Even Your Nose Can Swell Up

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Biljana Malesevic
Community Member
6 months ago

I had this too. Worst part is it swells inside too, so I couldn't breathe through my nose most of the pregnancy. And breathing was additionally compromised by enormous stomach which pushed into diaphragm. No one ever told me I will be gasping for air most of the pregnancy months. You never expect it.

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#5

My Daughter Was Always Over To The Right Side Of My Body (Which You Can See In This Pic). For The Entire Third Trimester, I Felt Like I Was Tipping Over

My Daughter Was Always Over To The Right Side Of My Body (Which You Can See In This Pic). For The Entire Third Trimester, I Felt Like I Was Tipping Over

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Andrew Gibb
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6 months ago

Crocs that look like cartoon cheese. Mmmmm cheese....

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#6

Weird Vaginal Discharge Can Happen As Your Body Changes, And So Does Your Discharge

Weird Vaginal Discharge Can Happen As Your Body Changes, And So Does Your Discharge

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Colin L
Community Member
6 months ago

"The miracle of life" is that people choose to have second and third children.

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When it comes to worrying whether Covid-19 can be passed on to one's baby, Dr. Smulian explained that from several scientific studies that looked at pregnancies affected by the coronavirus, “none of the babies appeared to have been infected, based either on the absence of symptoms or negative tests for the virus.”

However, Dr. Smulian also said that there has been one case reported in the media of a possible mother-to-baby transmission of coronavirus, but there’s not enough information to draw conclusions.

And as for visiting moms and their newborns in hospitals, Dr. Smulian believes it’s crucial to limit visitors to one single designated person that bears no symptoms or risks for having and transmitting Covid-19.

#7

My Pregnancy Feet Versus My Normal Feet

My Pregnancy Feet Versus My Normal Feet

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Ivy
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6 months ago

both look weird

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#8

Pretty Disgusting Food Cravings Can Happen

Pretty Disgusting Food Cravings Can Happen

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Andrew Gibb
Community Member
6 months ago

I like that there is a cartoon stork on the jar- as if he knows

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#9

Experiencing Heartburn Is Also Very Common

Experiencing Heartburn Is Also Very Common

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LuckyL
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6 months ago

All the way through the pregnancy...

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#10

The Veins In Your Legs Can Start To Protrude, It's Called Varicose Veins

The Veins In Your Legs Can Start To Protrude, It's Called Varicose Veins

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David K
Community Member
6 months ago

This may become very dangerous since you can acquire thrombosis. Medical examination is definitely required.

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#11

My Face Broke Out With Hormonal Cystic Acne That Was So Bad. I Also Had Cravings For All The Worst Food...but I Got An Awesome Table I Got To Carry Around With Me For A Few Months!

My Face Broke Out With Hormonal Cystic Acne That Was So Bad. I Also Had Cravings For All The Worst Food...but I Got An Awesome Table I Got To Carry Around With Me For A Few Months!

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Ms.M.
Community Member
6 months ago

During my first pregnancy, I got a huge pimple smack dab in the middle of my forehead. I called it The Beacon.

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#12

This Is What Happened When I Wore Mid-Calf Socks!

This Is What Happened When I Wore Mid-Calf Socks!

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Clearly sunny
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6 months ago

Holy Moly.

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#13

Spent My Entire Last Trimester In Old Navy Flip-Flops Because My Feet Didn't Fit Into Anything Else. I Also Got Pregnancy-Induced Carpal Tunnel To The Point Where I Couldn’t Move My Right Thumb And Had To Wear A Brace. My Feet Also Went Up An Entire Size, So I Now Wear A Size 11. Totally Worth It, Though

Spent My Entire Last Trimester In Old Navy Flip-Flops Because My Feet Didn't Fit Into Anything Else. I Also Got Pregnancy-Induced Carpal Tunnel To The Point Where I Couldn’t Move My Right Thumb And Had To Wear A Brace. My Feet Also Went Up An Entire Size, So I Now Wear A Size 11. Totally Worth It, Though

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Kate
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6 months ago

Omg I thought I was the only one who's feet grew a size! Haha

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#14

Rash Life. Wanna Know The Kicker? I Can’t Take Anything To Prevent The Itchiness. I’m Surprised My Partner Stayed By My Side After All Of My Complaining Lol

Rash Life. Wanna Know The Kicker? I Can’t Take Anything To Prevent The Itchiness. I’m Surprised My Partner Stayed By My Side After All Of My Complaining Lol

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Little Zoologist
Community Member
6 months ago

Uh oh

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#15

You Need To Pee All The Time

You Need To Pee All The Time

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Clearly sunny
Community Member
6 months ago

My experience was severe vomiting 🤢 from 5am till 1 pm. Horrendous.😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😑😕

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#16

Stretch Marks Within Stretch Marks, From My Ribs And All The Way Down. It Was Incredibly Itchy And Painful

Stretch Marks Within Stretch Marks, From My Ribs And All The Way Down. It Was Incredibly Itchy And Painful

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Little Zoologist
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6 months ago

Awwwwwww nooooooooooooo 😱😫

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#17

Eight Months Pregnant = Motorized Cart At The Store. Note My Swollen Ankles!

Eight Months Pregnant = Motorized Cart At The Store. Note My Swollen Ankles!

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Elizabeth Molloy
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6 months ago

The one time someone has genuinely needed to use that thing!

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#18

I Had To Cut The Ring Off Because My Fingers Were So Swollen

I Had To Cut The Ring Off Because My Fingers Were So Swollen

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The Cute Cat
Community Member
6 months ago

This happen alot.. Please save your ring start on 3rd month of pregnancy

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#19

Pregnancy And Puppp Rash. The Unglamorous Side Of Pregnancy

Pregnancy And Puppp Rash. The Unglamorous Side Of Pregnancy

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Kate
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6 months ago

Oh my lord this looks so painful!

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#20

Your Hips Actually Get Looser And That's Why We See Pregnant Women Waddling

Your Hips Actually Get Looser And That's Why We See Pregnant Women Waddling

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Colin L
Community Member
6 months ago

Yep. Pregnant bodies produce more elastin, which means that flexibility can also increase (sometimes dangerously).

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#21

Your Boobs Can Grow Unevenly

Your Boobs Can Grow Unevenly

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Cori
Community Member
6 months ago

Yep. And after both my kids were born, they only wanted to nurse at the bigger one. I called it the food boob. I went in for a postpartum checkup and OB was all 'I see we're a little lopsided.' Thanks Dr. Stocks. Thanks a bunch. 🤦‍♀️

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#22

Feeling Exhausted Can Hit A New Level

Feeling Exhausted Can Hit A New Level

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Memento Mori
Community Member
6 months ago

Bruh that's literally me every day lol.. no matter how much I sleep (and I sleep A LOT. my high score is 18 hours!) I feel like I'm running on 4 hours of sleep ;-;

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#23

You Become More Forgetful, It's Called Pregnancy Brain

You Become More Forgetful, It's Called Pregnancy Brain

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Colin Mochrie At Its Finest
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6 months ago

She left out where they were found, in an area like in her purse or pocket, otherwise this story falls flat.

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#24

No One Tells You About The Road Map You Turn Into When Pregnant. This Was Me At 24 Weeks, And It Just Got Worse And Worse As It Went On

No One Tells You About The Road Map You Turn Into When Pregnant. This Was Me At 24 Weeks, And It Just Got Worse And Worse As It Went On

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Bama Belle
Community Member
6 months ago

This is actually a relief to me. I'm not pregnant but I am overweight. I thought this was just how my breasts were supposed to look. It made me feel self-conscious. If I could get this excess weight off, these veins might not be as noticeable.

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#25

Many Women Face Constipation, Which Can Lead To Hemorrhoids

Many Women Face Constipation, Which Can Lead To Hemorrhoids

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Happy in AL
Community Member
6 months ago

A brilliant midwife helped me with this one. Eat a handful of gummy bears and a banana. Wait 30 minutes and drink a cup of coffee. The gummy bears have glycerine to slick everything up, the banana has fiber and makes a nice mush and the caffeine in the coffee makes everything move along. Worked every time.

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#26

Gaping Shirt Because Of My Pregnancy Boobs, And No Good Place To Put The Napkin Because Something Will Be Left Uncovered

Gaping Shirt Because Of My Pregnancy Boobs, And No Good Place To Put The Napkin Because Something Will Be Left Uncovered

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Luisa Vasconcelos
Community Member
6 months ago

I remember to be full after 1 cookie but feel like I can die if I don't eat immediately.

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#27

Having Swollen Af Pregnancy Feet

Having Swollen Af Pregnancy Feet

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Awesome horse lover
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6 months ago

Should you be wearing those shoes?!?!?!

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#28

This Is My Sister At 8 Months. She Woke Up With Her Feet Very Swollen, So We Propped Her Legs Up To See If It Would Help

This Is My Sister At 8 Months. She Woke Up With Her Feet Very Swollen, So We Propped Her Legs Up To See If It Would Help

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Suzanne Dunne
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6 months ago

Oedema more dangerous than varicose veins

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#29

More Than 50% Of Women Experience Morning Sickness

More Than 50% Of Women Experience Morning Sickness

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Hooked
Community Member
6 months ago

I had two children. Both times puked for 9 months straight. Couldn't even hold tea or water down. Only gained 4 kg's during the pregnancies, babies were tiny when born without being premature. And after 21 years, this year I learned that this condition has a name !

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#30

Wanted To Trim My Bangs Really Quickly Over The Sink Before My Sister-In-Law Came To Visit. This Was The Result

Wanted To Trim My Bangs Really Quickly Over The Sink Before My Sister-In-Law Came To Visit. This Was The Result

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Purr·maid
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6 months ago

Look at the bright side, no mess to clean on the floor.😁

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