Mind you, I'm not really complaining - I certainly wouldn't trade my girls (though I might give my right eye) for Heidi Klum's body. It's just interesting that there really isn't a very open dialogue among women about the "ugly" parts of pregnancy.
WARNING TMI - QUIT READING IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW
I have to say, very shortly after giving birth to Miss Chatterbox, I realized I felt betrayed by my fellow women (but hey it could also have been the GALLON of bendryl- epinephrine I had been given). I knew all about stretch marks, labor horror stories and weight battles. But why didn't anyone tell me I would have to push for 3 HOURS or that my business would swell to the size of a baseball and I would have to sit on ice for a week or how about temporary incontinence - BOY was that a surprise. I had been told to expect some hormonal moodiness - but the blubbering, nervous mess I became was a real shock to The Firefighter.
As far as I can tell, there are only two reasons we (women) don't talk about it.
1. It's a matter of survival. If we did, the world population of 7 billion would die out in one generation.
2. We are all individuals and just as no two children are alike - neither are any two pregnancies. Not all women experience it in the same way.
A friend of mine put it best - "Your stretch marks and spider veins are your battle scars. They just mean your on the front lines of motherhood. Those other moms - they must be sitting safe on base. At least now you know to stock up on Kotex pads."
Have another great day in the trenches, Mommas!