... No, they don't. Probably because I don't have a yard. But ohmygod, holy boobs! The symptom of the week has definitely been a growth spurt in my bbs. That's 'boobies' in pregnancy forum speak, for all the uninitiated folks. By the way, the number of acronyms on the pregnancy and TTC (trying to conceive) forums could easily rival the military.
But back to the boobs. They are in pain and they are growing out of control. I am only five weeks along, and already I am busting out of my regular bras. And those bras had some wiggle room to begin with. I knew that breasts increase in size during pregnancy, but I didn't expect it to happen so early on. What am I going to look like in eight months??? (Update from the present: now that I am in my second trimester, the boobs have grown two cup sizes.)
I should stop complaining, though, because really this is the bombshell stage of pregnancy. The belly bump isn't showing yet, but the increase in bra size is putting me on the path toward Pamela Anderson. Still, despite what all the men might think, this growth spurt is not all good. Not only do the boobs hurt all on their own, but the too-small bras are making it even more painful.
To remedy the situation, I went shopping for a maternity bra today. I started out with high hopes, only to be thoroughly disappointed. This was my first encounter with maternity clothing, and it did not go well. I went to Destination Maternity and the Macy's maternity department (which is just Pea in a Pod, really). What I learned is that:
a) maternity bras are super ugly; but that doesn't even matter because
b) no one carries them in my size!!!
Seriously, what the heck? Do pregnant boobs not come in my size or something? I even tried on the maternity sports bras, which are just S, M, L, etc, but none of them fit either. The Small was too small in the cup, and the Medium was too big in the circumference. So I went home braless. Well, not literally braless, just... you know what I mean.
I was able to find maternity bras in my new size online, but they are very expensive and I just don't feel like I can invest in them just yet since the bbs are likely to keep expanding... For now, I just ordered some regular cotton bras from VS in one size up, so hopefully they will tide me over for the time being.
Here I am at five weeks. Yes, my hair is a mess, and that is what it usually looks like when I just get out of the shower. Welcome to the real life. And I also look very tired. That's because pregnancy hit me like a truck this week (from now on, it will be referred to as the pregnancy truck), and fatigue set in. I'm not always tired, but the exhaustion usually sets in around 4 or 5 pm in the afternoon, and all I can do is lie down on the couch and take a nap.
Aside from the growing boobs and the fatigue, I am not experiencing any pregnancy symptoms so far. Some days I feel so normal that it worries me. But really, I should be enjoying this time as much as possible and thanking my lucky stars for the lack of symptoms. And I am truly thankful. Meanwhile, I have started going to prenatal yoga classes, and I met a girl there (35 weeks pregnant) who told me she never had morning sickness. So now I have this unrealistic hope that the puking won't happen to me either. Keeping my fingers crossed! (Update from the present: hahaha!)