Most women go into pregnancy knowing the TV version: You pee on a stick and squeal with delight -- either before or after you wake up feeling nauseous -- your boobs get big, your belly balloons, your water breaks, your husband freaks out, and you’re off the hospital to have a baby. But a lot of that stuff isn’t exactly realistic. Here’s the lowdown on what every mom should really know about one of life’s biggest adventures.
You’ll Judge Your Partner More Harshly
Once you find out you’re pregnant, your husband is no longer just a cute guy you don’t mind clipping your toenails in front of -- he is “The Father of Your Child.” Every time you open that certain drawer of his, the one overflowing with crumpled bank statements that he swears “planning to organize real soon,” you panic that this man is going to plunge you and your offspring into financial ruin. Every time you see him sprawled out on the sofa in boxers, watching SportsCenter with rapt attention, you think, “This is will be my child’s male role model?” Every time he walks out of the house with one pant leg stuck in a sock and a piece of food in his teeth, you’ll briefly think “OMG, what was I thinking?” And when he asks why you look panicked, you say a small prayer (even if you’re not religious). For the baby.