5 things I didn't know when I first got pregnant

At 17 weeks pregnant, I'm realizing just how much my idea of what to expect has been influenced by what I've seen in movies and on TV.

5/10/2021 4:51:00 PM

At 17 weeks pregnant, I'm realizing just how much my idea of what to expect has been influenced by what I've seen in movies and on TV 😬

At 17 weeks pregnant, I'm realizing just how much my idea of what to expect has been influenced by what I've seen in movies and on TV.

pregnant with my first child now, and I’m realizing how influenced my idea of early pregnancy has been by pop culture and TV/film portrayals of pregnant women. Now that I’m experiencing all of it firsthand, I’m learning that more often than not, what I saw on screen was a totally inaccurate depiction. I really didn’t know what to expect in real life.

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While the following unexpected discoveries may not be news to all pregnant and expecting people—plus, everyone’s pregnancy journey is different and unique—you should definitely know about them ahead of time.1. You may have to get a transvaginal ultrasound.

Sometimes referred to as an endovaginal ultrasound, thetransvaginal ultrasoundis not the ultrasound you see in the movies. At the 6.5 to 8-week mark, it can be difficult to find the baby in your belly. (The embryo is only about 2 cm in size at this stage—about the size of a Cheerio.) Oftentimes, this means that an ultrasound in the traditional sense—with a transducer rubbed over your abdomen—won’t be able to capture a visual, necessary for finding headtopics.com

how many weeks pregnant you are.(You may also hear this referred to as a dating ultrasound.) When this happens, technicians ask if you’re OK with having a camera probe unit inserted into your vagina instead. What does it feel like? To be rather frank, it honestly feels a bit like a dildo or sex toy. However, only the tip of the unit is inserted. Admittedly, it’s rather awkward and uncomfortable to have this probe moving around inside you as you just lay there with a complete stranger. The technician said that it’s best to take deep breaths upon insertion and then throughout the examination, so I tried to relax and focus on something else to help alleviate the anxiety.

By the time I was nine or ten weeks along and came back for my second ultrasound, it was a regular appointment with the ultrasound jelly on my belly.2. A relationship therapist is a lifesaver.Your body is going through a multitude of changes, which means that

hormones and moodsare unpredictable—it’s a roller-coaster ride. Emotions can be volatile and if you have a partner, the two of you are (most likely) going through this experience for the first time, with no playbook on what to do and how to prepare. Remember that your relationship shouldn’t take a back seat to your pregnancy journey. The best thing my husband and I did was set up regular Zoom sessions with our

who could prep us with tools and skills to manage our ever-evolving expectations, and ensure a continued healthy and loving relationship, both during and after the pregnancy. Read more: Today's Parent »

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