Becoming a mother is a milestone for every woman, a time for curious moments, myriad of emotions and endless possibilities. Lets face it though, if you are or ever have been pregnant, you know that once the initial joy wears off the questions begin to flood in.
I am a mother of three beautiful children and all of my pregnancies were as different as the children that they produced. I have many first time moms' friends and since I have been through it three times they consider me a savant on the subject of pregnancy. Of course I knew more the third time through then I did the first, but I still didn't know it all. I could have ten more children and still have as many questions.
With my first I gained too much weight, with my second not enough. I had extreme morning sickness with my second and extreme cravings with my third. Like I said no one was the same as the others. My husband laughs at the library of pregnancy books that I have stacked in the house. Being pregnant goes in stages of emotions. When you first find out that you are pregnant, you are so overwhelmed at the prospect of being pregnant that it seems to block the worry out. The next stage you worry about how much you are eating, what pregnancy exercise is right, how much sleep to get and I could go on and on. Once I reached the latter stages of pregnancy I worried about how I would take care of this new precious gift. Some would refer this to being the "nesting" phase of pregnancy.
Like I said I had numerous questions regarding pregnancy and was always searching for the answers. My "first time mother" friends that I talked about have their own list of pregnancy questions that fill their brains. I have heard all of the questions from medical, "should this be happening when I'm pregnant", to "why my shoes do not fit any more." To these questions, I can give my own experience to them but not a definitive answer.
The best bet if you do have a medically related question is to ask you Doctor. You can ask your friends but if you do believe that something could be wrong with you or the baby that you are carrying it never hurts to ask. A lot of people don't want to "bother" their OB, trust me that is what they are there for and they probably have heard of everything you are about to ask. Some questions refer more to the changes in your body is experiencing; pregnancy books and articles are great to have these questions answered. There are hundreds, probably millions of pregnancy books out there that you can refer to. Of course some are not created equal, you have some that are more technical in there answer, and others that only give a brief synopsis of answers, later on I'll show you a website that I have found that refers you to some good information that I found. Of course there are those questions that are too embarrassing to even ask your Doctor or closest friend. The web and pregnancy books are a great way to get your questions answered while remaining anonymous.
The best advice I can ever give any one that is pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant is this; You know your own body better then any one else, to include your doctor. If you are concerned about something get the answer, it may be nothing but at least your mind can rest at ease. If you ask the question to your doctor and you don't feel right about the answer you get, seek another answer, like I said you and only you know your body the best. My second piece of advice is that even with pregnancy aches and pains enjoy and savor every moment of it. Pregnancy will not last forever, you will get that precious bundle in the end, but in my opinion it was truly one of the greatest experiences and triumphs of my life.