7 Women Get Honest About the Ways Pregnancy Actually Kinda Sucks

Pregnancy isn’t always the glow-y, goddess-like experience it’s made out to be. Yes, creating new life is incredible, but that doesn’t mean that being pregnant is all sunshine and rainbows. The weight gain, cravings, and hormonal fluctuations can seriously suck. Many women feel uncomfortable all nine months—and that’s just the physical stuff! Pregnancy can also bring up mental and emotional stress you might not have anticipated.

If you’re struggling with the sickness, the sleeplessness, the mood swings—and the pressure to love it all without complaining—you’re not alone. More and more women, including a few famous ones (ahem, Kim), are speaking out on some of the less-positive aspects of cooking a bun in the oven.

Here's what a few of them had to say about the most miserable nine months of their lives. 

1. "I just don't think pregnancy and me really agree with each other. I'm just being honest about [it]. I hate it. … I've heard stories forever about how amazing pregnancy is from my mom and Kourtney, and that's just not the case for me. … I'm not going to sit here and lie and act like it's the most blissful experience. It's awful." —Kim Kardashian via E! News

2. “When I found out I was pregnant with twins, I cried. I thought we were going to have a second baby and be done, so it was hard to accept that I was getting two more at the same time. My maternity clothes stopped fitting around 30 weeks. My belly was so heavy and huge that the mere idea of walking to the bathroom sometimes made me cry. Everywhere I went in public, people gaped at me and cracked jokes about my size. I wanted to enjoy my last pregnancy, but it was mostly exhausting. By 34 weeks, I couldn't stand for more than a few minutes. I started walking with a cane around the house. I was constantly worried that I wasn't eating enough, that my babies would be premature, that I would be forced into a Cesarean section because of their position in my uterus. ... It was a very draining, anxiety-riddled, physically painful time.” —Melanie B.

3. “Even though I want another baby, I don't want to be pregnant again. It was the worst experience of my life. I didn't feel attractive, either. You hear people taking about a pregnancy glow, but I had no glow!"Kelly Clarkson via Mirror.co.uk

4. “For most women, being pregnant is filled with excitement and warm, cozy feelings. For me, it was filled with constant, attention-demanding nausea. The bigger I got, the more my discomfort set in. By the end of my pregnancy, I was allergic to practically everything I touched, including my beloved body pillow, which was the only way I could comfortably sleep! Pregnancy had a few good moments, like feeling those first kicks and finding out my baby's sex, but really, I couldn't wait for it to be over, to have my body back, and to enjoy eating. Oh, and drinking alcohol.” —Sarah B.

5. “I love making a person...but it's hard. They don't tell you everything. 'It's a miracle of life, you feel like a flower the whole time.' It's, like, bullshit. You feel like a fat-ass, you are exhausted." Christina Applegate on Lopez Tonight 

6. “I thought I would love being pregnant, but I was fairly miserable for most of my two pregnancies. They seemed a sequence of weird symptoms and disasters—for example, in my first pregnancy, I struggled with awful morning sickness for 14 weeks—like, laying-on-the-bathroom-floor-all-day kind of morning sickness. I felt mostly okay for the second trimester, except that I contracted a weird soil-borne infection in my cuticle that baffled the doctors. And by the third trimester, I felt completely trapped in my own body.” —Debbie W. 

7. “I loved knowing that I was creating new life, that my body was capable of growing a whole human being. What I didn't love were the actual physical changes that came along with growing that little human being. After struggling with my weight my whole life, I was very healthy when I got pregnant. The 50-pound weight gain took a toll on my joints and overall health. I really bought into the myth that breastfeeding would help the weight 'just melt off.' Not the case for me! 18 months since I gave birth, I'm still holding onto 40 of the 50 pounds I gained—and it's harder than ever to lose weight.”—Hope B.

See? There’s no shame in not loving pregnancy—it’s a different experience for every person. And if you’re less-than-enthused about being pregnant, it certainly doesn’t mean you aren’t excited about becoming a mom or that you won't be a terrific one once your baby finally makes his or her way into the world; it just means that, right now, you can't wait for this hell to be over. 

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