Let me say this as I continue about this topic. I am not saying that my daughter is a mistake. Quite the opposite. I just thought for a long time that I wouldn't be able to have kids, and suddenly, when I took a pregnancy test, it came out positive. Those nine months were the some of the best of my life.
And now, I will continue with some facts about pregnancy.
While those nine months were enjoyable, they were also somewhat difficult. Now, every pregnancy is different because there are major complications that could arise. For instance, a woman could have an incompetant cervix which could cause a spontaneous miscarriage/abortion once the child gets a certain size. Another problem is placenta prevea, which is the placenta could be in a bad place, such as over the cervix, and it tends to seperate from the uteran walls, causing bleeding. Another one is the woman could have morning sickness all day every day throughout the pregnancy. I, thankfully, did not have any of those problems.
The first trimester is where you most generally have your morning sickness and extreme fatigue. I have actually almost fallen asleep at my internship, not because of lack of sleep or how boring and droning the calls I had to make were, but because of the fresh batch of hormones that were now coursing through my body. Also, a woman tends to get extremely irritable and irrational during the early part of the pregnancy. From this my husband knew I was pregnant. And due to morning sickness, I tend to avoid meats, but I could eat everything else. And, on top of that, the woman's libido has slowed way down. Towards the end, the woman will be able to hear the heartbeat of the child Around ten weeks I believe.
The second trimester is where the woman starts to show and the hormones calm down slightly. She also gets quite the appetite in more than one way. This is also the point where cravings start to set in. What cravings really are is your body telling you that you need something that is in a particular food. The woman is going to many appointments to see not only the OB/GYN, but also an ultrasonographer to determine whether or not the child will have certain genetic defects or a cleft lip. During these appointments the woman will find out if she will have a boy or a girl.
The last trimester is when the belly really starts getting big as the child is finishing up the last part of development and getting ready to come out into the world. Back pain is a bitch but is tolerable. I found that I couldn't run; It hurt my legs to run. Also, I was waddling like a penguin lol. I found that I could not tie my shoes without help. And my feet were so swollen from water weight, my toes looked like little sausages. I couldn't stand for a long period of time without my feet killing me. I actually almost passed out at a flea market one time and it scared the crap out of me.
In the delivery room, you can't eat or drink, but they will stick you with an IV so that you can stay hydrated. There are many complications that can arise in the delivery room that can result in a Caesarian Section or much, much worse. With the exception of my daughter's foot in my ribs with every contraction, I had an easy delivery with the help of epidural, although there are times where a woman either: (a) doesn't choose to get the epidural, (b) comes in too late to get the epidural, or (c) the epidural was administered but it doesn't work. Delivery is a bloody process, as during the pregnancy, the woman's blood will increase to 1.5x the normal level, and that excess blood is lost on the delivery table and six weeks following the delivery.
I had a great time being pregnant and delivering, but my experience is my own, and not another person's. A woman would have to live for 150 years before she could experience all the hormones that are coursing through a pregnant woman's body. It is not always an easy thing to go through. You can tell when a woman is ready to make a child by the fact that she will be hornier and more willing to wear sexy and more revealing clothes, because most likely she is ovulating. The woman's hormones fluctuates, depending on the "time of the month". I don't know what it is like to be a man (obviously), but I do believe that their hormones are more leveled out once they get past puberty. I could go on and on about this, and talk about the woman's psyche when it comes to sex, but I have written enough for now. I might write more later.