Molly Mathews

My name is Molly. I have been married for 5 years and have two children. A 10 year old step-son, a 2 year old daughter and I am currently 26 weeks pregnant with a boy! I live in the town I grew up in and have a large family that I see often. We all live close to each other right now and I hope it stays that way as we draw a lot of support from one another. I have been a nurse for 6 years, mostly in the emergency department, and I love my job. Since young childhood I dreamed of being a nurse and a mom and here I am both! I couldn't have imagined how difficult the journey would be but neither could I have fathomed the Joy that would come from both. Becoming a mom has made me into a better person in many ways and a bit of a crazy worry wart in other ways! Having support from other moms who have been there before or are there with you makes all the difference in the world!


The Unglamorous Side of Pregnancy

391471_tablets_1 There are many wonderful aspects of pregnancy like your belly getting bigger, feeling your baby kick inside you, and feeling closer with your partner. But I must divulge that there is an unglamorous side to pregnancy.  When I was chatting with two of my pregnant friends a couple of nights ago these were the main topics that came up: heartburn, constipation, and varicose veins. 

 Heartburn is not an uncommon condition to feel every once in awhile, especially after a heavy meal.  Usually a few antacids does the trick and the discomfort is gone.  For the pregnant woman this condition is magnified and may occur after every meal or in between meals.  And this is no mild case either; it is hard to get rid of it for some reason.  There are antacids that are safe to take during pregnancy but I’ve found that I still have heartburn after I take medication.  It takes me twice as long to kick heartburn now than before I was pregnant.  This causes a dilemma when my cravings and appetite are kicked into high gear and I must decide if it is worth it to eat what I want if I know I will be suffering with heartburn afterwards.

Okay it is no fun to talk about going to the bathroom but I cannot pass up the chance to bring up the side-effect of constipation during pregnancy.  Let me put it this way, I’ve never experienced constipation before now and now I am an expert.  It snuck up on me so slowly that I didn’t even think I had it until I had a few unproductive trips to the bathroom.  For me it is more of a frustration than a painful condition.  I like to go to the bathroom and do my business and leave.  I’m not the type that settles in with a good book and takes my time.  There is not much to do about this but deal with it I guess. I’m already drinking a lot of water and taking in plenty of fiber. 

Last on my list are varicose veins.  This is not a problem for every pregnant woman but it is important to me.  My mom had three kids and got severe varicose veins due to the pregnancies.  She told me this at an early age so I was aware that this could happen to me when I was pregnant.  You have increased chances of this problem if it runs in your family.  I’m trying to be proactive and wear my support stockings but I’m still worried I could be affected.  The good news is that there are good treatments out there if you do get them; I’m just hoping to avoid the whole situations though if possible.

So while being pregnant has its many perks, there are a few negatives effects that we must deal with. 

What are the unglamorous aspects of your pregnancy? Feel free to share in the comment box below.

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