...of my bra that is.
Dad, don't keep reading if you don't want to read about boobs.
The real reason I wanted to announce my pregnancy is so that I could talk about my boobs without everyone thinking I was weird.
Because if you're pregnant you're allowed to talk about your boobs, they become much like the tummy (or so I imagine) in that they're completely foreign and unreal and a little unnatural.
It's like they belong to someone else.
Let me explain.
(I wrote the rest of this post on August 3, 2011 when I was not quite 6 weeks pregnant.)
While my belly has remained the same size, the girls are growing like nobody's business and they hurt like hell.
I've already outgrown all of my bras...I foresee bra shopping in my near future. (a good 3 weeks later I have yet to go bra shopping...I think they're going to continue growing...not sure what I'm waiting for, is there a boob plateau? Will they stop for a little while before the grow again after the baby is born? All questions I don't know the answer to...thus the delay of bra shopping.)
I'm only 6 weeks in, holy hell what's going to happen over the next 34 weeks!
Seriously, I've read about or heard about every pregnancy symptom that ever was, I've been a birth junkie since I was 22. I love pregnancy and birth stories. But why, oh why does no one talk about how big and sore their boobs get RIGHT AWAY?! I expected bigger boobs...later, not the exact second I became pregnant. Nope, I wasn't expecting that at all.
The boobs were in fact the only reason I took a pregnancy test. I'll delve more into this later but I was temping and as a rule after taking what felt like hundreds of pregnancy tests over the last year I was at the point where no pregnancy test was even going to come into my house until I had a high temp for AT LEAST 18 days past ovulation. Nothing breaks your spirit quite like peeing on stick after stick month after month and it always flashing negative at you.
So, no peeing on sticks before the 18 day mark.
BUT my boobs hurt so bad that I took a test at 13 days past ovulation...a good 3 days before my period was due and a good 5 days before my rule of 18 days.
It was THAT noticeable.
So for this ONE reason I cannot fathom how people don't know they're pregnant right away. I do not have any morning sickness or nausea or cravings but by god I've got these uncomfortable tender things on my chest that let me know every time I try to turn over at night or run down the stairs that I am in fact still pregnant.
Is this how most of you feel just before you get your periods? Do your boobs hurt like hell? Is that why people don't usually know they're pregnant right away? I don't have normal periods, I don't ovulate...more on that later, but that's obviously why this took a year. But my boobs never hurt before my period, thus this was an extremely unusual symptom for me, there was no mistaking it. Please share, does everyone get sore boobs before a normal period? I'm very curious.
Update: I finally broke down and bought some new bras yesterday. For the curious I started out as a B and am now a very full C, I am hoping they stay this way though the left boob is teetering on the brink...it wants to be a D already. For the moment the girls are much more comfortable in a bra that fits...good advice for everyone, wear bras that fit, especially if you have sore pregnant boobs!