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Five Biggest Surprises about Pregnancy from Rosie Pope

We invited Rosie Pope, a maternity fashion designer, mom of two, and star of new Bravo reality show Pregnant in Heels, to share some of the biggest surprises about pregnancy. For more from Rosie, visit

Many women spend so much time thinking about getting pregnant (I know I did) that when it actually happens we are often shocked, staring in disbelief at a home pregnancy test (and you know you peed on more than one of those things just to check.  I peed on so many I wish I had stock in "First Response"!).    After the initial surprise of finding out you are actually pregnant, there are many more to come.  Here are just a few:

1). For most women the nausea and fatigue of the first trimester does actually disappear between the 12th and 14th week.  When you are in the thick of it though, even one trimester feels like a lifetime.

2). Your mom probably hasn't warned you about this one:  towards the end of your third trimester, your boobs may start leaking a gold liquid.   Don’t freak out.  This just means you are getting ready to produce milk.

3). Most women (approximately 85%, in fact) don’t have their water break on its own.  That's right: you probably won’t experience the same fate as all those pregnant ladies in the movies whose water breaks at some ridiculously awkward place and time (breathe a sigh of relief).

4). Now for a more depressing surprise: an average-sized woman experiencing an average pregnancy only needs approximately300-500 extra calories per day.  Please don't take this sad fact to mean that you shouldn't enjoy little extra indulgences -  just don’t enjoy them every day! 

5). It is true that many pregnant women have steamy dreams.  But here is the surprise - whatever fantasy you end up dreaming about probably won't be something you actually want to practice in real life.  Or, let me put it this way, your hubby probably won't be in the dream!

Alas, many surprises, but the best of all is that bundle of joy you'll eventually get to meet and bring home.

What surprised you most about being pregnant?