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26 Shocking Pictures That Show What Pregnancy Is Actually Like

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We asked the BuzzFeed Community to share pictures from their pregnancies to show what it’s really like. Everyone’s experiences with pregnancy are different, so here are the results.

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My face broke out with hormonal cystic acne that was so bad. I also had cravings for all the worst food… but I got an awesome table I got to carry around with me for a few months!

eskaytea

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Spent my entire last trimester in Old Navy flip flops because my feet didn’t fit in anything else. I also got pregnancy-induced carpal tunnel to the point where I couldn’t move my right thumb and had to wear a brace. My feet also went up an entire size, so I now wear a size 11. Totally worth it though.

meggie89

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I wanted to trim my bangs really quickly over the sink before my sister-in-law came to visit. This was the result.

enbstrong

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I had to cut the ring off because my fingers were so swollen.

arielle7

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Gaping shirt because of my pregnancy boobs, and no good place to put the napkin because something will be left uncovered.

jessicab99

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No one tells you about the roadmap you turn into when pregnant. This was me at 24 weeks, and it just got worse and worse as it went on.

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My daughter was always over to the right side of my body (which you can see in this pic). For the entire third trimester I felt like I was tipping over.

disorderlyconduct

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Stretch marks within stretch marks, from my ribs and ALL the way down. It was incredibly itchy and painful.

adrianajaec

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Peeing. Peeing all the time. Every. 20. Minutes.

ptyram7

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Eight months pregnant = motorized cart at the store. Note my swollen ankles!

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My pregnancy brain caused the bruised thumb. About 21 weeks in, I was climbing into a car. While I was holding onto the car, I accidentally slammed the door shut and got my thumb stuck between the car and the door. That was two weeks ago. This pic was taken after two weeks of healing.

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Pregnancy is not always a big, bad, scary thing! I didn’t have any morning sickness, swelling, or stretch marks with either kid. I also didn’t have any issues with natural labor (both labors were less than five hours). Pregnancy was a healthy and beautiful journey for me!

yogapoet

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I felt like a cow when I was pregnant with my first son, so naturally I dressed as one for a Halloween party!

danaemarie

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While pregnant with my second daughter, I could rest my pregnant belly on my countertop. People thought this photo was fake. It’s real, and my back still isn’t right…

ashleybarrettu

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Sometimes you just really need to put your feet up and have some Boston Creme Pie.

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Rash life. Wanna know the kicker? I can’t take anything to prevent the itchiness. I’m surprised my partner stayed by my side after all of my complaining lol.

nataleec2

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This was what I felt like.

alexar5

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End of third trimester pain relief includes sitting on a stability ball while simultaneously sitting on an ice pack for the lady parts. No one warned me about pelvic ligament tears!

katies4ec789fce

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This is my sister at eight months. She woke up with her feet very swollen, so we propped her legs up to see if it would help.

erikatheelvenqueen

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This is what happened when I wore mid-calf socks!

maddiemccauley2

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Sometimes pregnancy for me meant being so nauseous that I couldn’t even brush my hair. Rat’s nest ensued – mom had to help brush out the mess!

amyritterf

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Pregnancy brain… I caught myself just before I brushed my teeth with deodorant instead of toothpaste. Oops!

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My friend is a naturally emotional person, but one night our group of friends was hanging out, and one of us was trying to rock another one’s baby to sleep and all of a sudden the newly pregnant Julie burst into tears because “we are all friends” lmao.

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I’m a stomach sleeper, so here I am, seven months pregnant, sleeping in the space between the couch and the coffee table.

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Pregnancy and PUPPPs rash. The unglamorous side of pregnancy.

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My pregnancy feet vs. my normal feet.

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