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11 Embarrassing and Gross Things About Pregnancy

Updated on February 26, 2013
Embarrassing Pregnancy Problems
Embarrassing Pregnancy Problems

Embarrassing Pregnancy Problems

Becoming pregnant is one of the most special times in a woman's life. There will never be anything that tops this experience. As you start your journey on this 10 month path, you will be sure to hear suggestions and ideas from almost everyone on pregnancy and child birth. You'll hear everything from how to predict whether it's a boy or girl to things NOT to do when your pregnant. But, there are some things that you won't be told about. Mainly, because they are embarrassing and no one wants to admit that they went through it. So, I decided to put together a list of the most embarrassing 'side effects' of pregnancy. Don't feel like a freak, everyone goes through it!

Excessive Gas and Burping

It happens to all of us expecting moms, especially during the first trimester.


A ton of expecting mothers deal with constipation, it's not only embarrassing but it can be painful as well. But, it does come along with the territory and enemas work wonders. Just try not to wait until it's so bad you have to go to the ER, now that is embarrassing!

Peeing Yourself

When you laugh, cough, or pretty much do anything at all! This is definitely one of the least glamorous issues of pregnancy, and you may have to resort to wearing pads.


Hemorrhoids can be a huge problem if you're also suffering from constipation. Your doctor can give you something to help.


As if you weren't feeling crappy enough, now your skin decides it wants to be 14 again. I'm not just talking about your face either, many women find that their backs break out as well. Just wonderful, right?


Many women find that they have a huge increase in discharge during pregnancy. This isn't harmful, just pretty annoying. Again, you will want to invest in some pads.

Hairy Belly

Yes, some of us will be lucky enough to experience an increase in hair growth on our bellies. Some resort to shaving it because it becomes so bad.

Not Being Able To Shave

Once you get around 7 months or more you will find it almost impossible to shave your legs...or anything else down there. Which is kind of a big issue if you are pregnant in the summer. You can never feel cute sporting shorts when your legs look like they have fur on them.

Belly Button Pops Out

Yes, your belly button will pop out. And, it will look odd. It will return to normal after delivery.

Leaking Breasts

This is really embarrassing if no one is kind enough to point it out to you. Who wants to walk around socializing when you have two huge wet spots on the front of your shirt. Not me.

Going To The Bathroom During Labor

This is every pregnant women's nightmare. Going to the bathroom when delivering! Fortunately I've heard that the doctors won't tell you if you did or didn't, so at least you'll never have to know.

As I write this, I am 9 months pregnant myself. Most of these things I have went through during the last few months and you kind of just got to grin and bear it and remember that it's all for your little angel. It's all worth it in the end when you get to meet your little one, and if given the chance you would do it again in a heartbeat. This is just a fun little list for expecting moms and new moms to enjoy, and hopefully get a laugh out of.

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    • mommyhood profile image

      Karla D 

      7 years ago

      oh man, I got one for you ladies...I had problems wiping. lol It was hard for me to reach. -_____-

    • Nell Rose profile image

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      lol! Oh I remember it well! its great to see the real side of pregnancy here, so useful to anybody saying, 'what the hell is going on?' haha!

    • LisaMarie724 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Stover 

      8 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      epigramman - Yes pregnancy is beautiful but there are some very unwelcome side effects that come with it. The weather is cold, I need to move somewhere warm!

      DzyMsLizzy- Oh I know the stress incontinence is just lovely lol. It's nice to know that others go through the same things so you don't feel like it's just you and you're somehow odd.

    • DzyMsLizzy profile image

      Liz Elias 

      8 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Uh-huh--been there, done that--twice! The hemorrhoid problem is also one likely to last you the rest of your life, as can the "stress incontinence" (laugh/cough/sneeze=pee) issue--which just keeps getting worse with age. Lovely side-effects, but as you say, they pale in comparison to the end product.

      Very well-done hub. Voted up, useful and interesting. Many first-time moms can read this and not freak out thinking they are somehow 'freaks.'

    • epigramman profile image


      8 years ago

      Hi Lisa Marie - you are probably not going to get too many men here but I was very interested in seeing/reading 'how the other half lives' so to speak and I was educated/enlightened indeed by your world class hub presentation. In fact I was so moved I will write to something on this subject myself (Epi style of course) and my respects to you and all women - I don't know how you go through all of this - because I know men would wimp out in no time flat - we couldn't handle any of it. lol lol

      And it's not too late to wish you sincerely warm thoughts for your continued health, happiness and prosperity in 2013.

      Lake erie time ontario canada 3:44pm with nice cuppa tea , some jazz and my two pussycats - Tiffy and Gabriel - by the way how is the weather for you so far this winter? We are getting our coldest temperatures in three years starting on Monday - the big chill.

    • LisaMarie724 profile imageAUTHOR

      Lisa Stover 

      8 years ago from Pittsburgh PA

      Yeah, they are the less attractive side of pregnancy lol.

    • Glimmer Twin Fan profile image

      Claudia Mitchell 

      8 years ago

      Great hub. Nobody likes to talk about these thing, but they happen to almost everyone who has a baby.


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