This isn’t going to be the usual “Stretch marks are evil! And I can’t lose the baby weight!” post you hear from new moms.
I lost the baby weight. I made it out of pregnancy unscathed by stretch marks. (How is this possible? I had a warhead-sized belly! Maybe cuz I drank 58 gallons of water each day? More likely, god is playing a prank on me and plans to inflict four times the normal amount of stretch marks on me for baby number two.)
I feared my feet would grow, permanently. I feared my hips would widen. I feared my skin would never be the same.
Nope, nope, nope.
What did happen were two things I never could have predicted: the back of my left knee is permanently tight and sore and I’m no longer freezing cold all the time.
Let’s all let out a collective “HUH?“
I’ve always been one of those people who is freezing when everyone else is “perfect” or “perfect” when everyone else is hot. While I was pregnant, I found myself overheated a lot. But I was 9 months pregnant in August in the desert. I sort of saw that coming. I prepared myself for the fact that I would go right back to being cold the second that little internal heater was born.
It never happened. I roll out of my condo in the morning with no jacket. And it’s like 40 or 50 degrees out. If you know me, you’re gasping right now. If you don’t know me, this is the craziest thing that I have ever said.
Ok, so I guess the pregnancy altered some hormones or something that affects my body temperature… I can kind of wrap my head around that. But why does the back of my left knee hurt?
I had no joint pain during my pregnancy. At 41 weeks pregnant, I was working out and walking lap after lap after lap around the neighborhood lake, trying to drop that kid out of me. It made me tired, granted, but my knees never hurt. Since Ryan was born, it has been stiff and sore, especially after I work out or after it’s been in a straight-out position for a while.
What’s up with THAT?
I mean, as far as permanent pregnancy side effects go, I know I got off pretty easy. But it’s kind of strange, no?