The past couple of months I have, like most new mums, been a bit hormonal and an emotional rollcoaster. There is obviously the biological side to this but I was feeling particularly sorry for myself moaning to my husband about why it can be so tough some days.
Fortunately, the men in my life (husband, dad and little boy) are all quite caring and considerate. Usually trying to empathise (although this is hard for a 2 year old) and when they can’t, are just supportive.
However, it doesn’t make it much easier with all the shit that gets flung at you when you are a woman.
Apart from the obvious monthlys, hormones during pregnancy are just crazy. One minute you’re laughing at how your stupid baby brain meant you put your knickers on back to front, the next you’re crying because the baby that cooed at you in the street was just too cute.
Nothing makes sense and the smallest trigger can make you so angry you could turn green and burst your shirt off.
Most women are either constantly on a diet or have been on one recently. It suuuuucks balls big time! If the hormones weren’t enough to get your blood boiling, being constantly hungry while everyone else eats McDonald’s will bring on the rage.
3. Stretch marks and cellulite
Even when you do eventually lose the weight, it doesn’t guarantee your legs will be orange peel free. And to go with that fetching look you now have varicose veins and stretch marks to accessorize. Winning!
Now you may be wondering why I would list this as a negative, think about it; a bloke wakes up and the toughest decision they have is whether to go for shorts or trousers. Other than that its normally jeans and t-shirt or trousers and shirt.
Women have too many variables and when it comes to dressing for the work place it is an absolute mine field. Trousers, skirt, shorts or dress? Then what do you wear on top? Will your underwear show through? Are your shoes the right height? Do you go for a matching bag or clashing colours?
Or shall I just put on a bloody sack and be done with it? Even then I will probably manage to tuck it into my knickers after going to the toilet.
5. Higher risks
You will find that the majority of serious illnesses or conditions effect women more or we at least have a higher risk of contracting them.
Even the not so serious but bloody annoying or painful conditions effect us more; water infections, cystitis and thrush are the big three.
But hey, we outlive the blokes girls so we can endure all of these perks for even longer 😉
To end on a positive, despite all the crap we have to endure, whether or not we are pregnant, men will never experience all the little wriggles, kicks and hiccups inside that give you the strongest bond with your baby or child, ever.
So I’ll shut up now.