Monday, March 31st, 2014
They say if you want to know what someone’s going through, you have to walk a mile in their shoes. Well, if you want to know what a pregnant woman is going through, you have to walk just a few steps in her bump. At least that’s what method actor Emma Watson recently learned while filming the box office hit, Noah.
Emma, who plays Ila—a woman expecting twins—in the biblical drama, recently told David Letterman that she wanted to look and feel like she was pregnant with twins to help her get into character, so she asked the wardrobe department to make her a pregnancy suit that weighed as much as it would if she had two babies onboard.
“I came out the next day and I was like, ‘You can’t be serious … I’m exhausted … this is crazy!’” she exclaimed. “And then [wardrobe] turned to me and said, ‘Yeah, that’s just the weight of one child.’”
She couldn’t believe it! But when Emma spoke to her own mom, exhausted after day one of filming, she found no sympathy. “You don’t get to complain, you only faked it,” said wise Mama Watson. Emma went on to tell David, “I have a whole newfound respect for women and motherhood.”
As she should! Of course having a little one inside you is amazing, but you have no idea—or at least I didn’t!—how taxing being pregnant can be until you’re actually carrying a child.The overwhelming feeling of nausea is your new normal (at least for 70 percent of you who will have morning sickness, the other 30 percent are off the hook—and you have won the mommy lottery as far as I’m concerned!). Pregnancy also brings with it the trifecta of discomfort: heartburn, constipation and/or diarrhea, and flatulence. Let’s not forget back pain, foot swelling, and uncontrollable sweating too!
Being pregnant is not easy (by a stretch!), and there will be days when you can’t wait for your baby to arrive just so you don’t have to suffer anymore. But keep your eye on the prize: that beautiful baby of yours! As hard as pregnancy can be, it’s nothing compared to the lifetime of happiness you’ll have with your child.
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Tuesday, August 27th, 2013
If you watched America’s Next Top Model, you know that Lisa D’Amato doesn’t sugar coat things. So it was no surprise that the outspoken contestant, and winner of the All-Stars season in 2011, told People magazine that, “The whole pregnancy glow thing is a joke! There is nothing pretty about pregnancy except creating a life – other than that I think it’s pretty gross.”
While I may not have put it so bluntly myself, I have to agree with Lisa. When you’re pregnant, it’s like your body is on cruise control. It knows what to do, even if you don’t! I was warned about morning sickness, but you don’t fully comprehend what it’s going to be like until you’re, ahem, down on your knees worshipping the porcelain god at all hours of the day. The overwhelming feeling of nausea is your new normal (at least for 70 percent of you who will have morning sickness, the other 30 percent are off the hook—and you have won the million dollar jackpot as far as I’m concerned!).
Now, I’m going to enter the unmentionables territory—the stuff we ladies don’t usually talk about. Pregnancy also brings with it the trifecta of discomfort: heartburn, constipation and/or diarrhea, and flatulence. No matter how much you mentally prepare for it, it’s going to be worse than you can even imagine! Add to that all of the bathroom breaks needed because you’re trying to stay hydrated and the larger the baby gets the more bladder pressure you’re feeling from your growing baby. And as things begin to loosen up “down there” to prepare for your baby’s arrival, a sneeze or a loud laugh can cause you to unexpectedly have an accident (so wearing panty liners is a really good idea, especially in the third trimester!).
You can also say buh-bye to those perky breasts of yours, because they are now larger than ever (which could seem like a good thing for about a minute!), sagging where they’ve never sagged before, and your areolas are going to get larger and darker in an almost alien-like way. You suddenly don’t recognize the body you’ve had your whole life!
While pregnancy can be “pretty gross,” you just have to keep reminding yourself that the prize at the end is a beautiful baby. Bonus: once you are able to go through all of that yourself, you’re going to be strong enough to handle anything your baby throws at you (atomic diapers and all!).
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