Open any pregnancy book and you’ll read all about morning sickness and heartburn. You’ll read about cramps and sleepiness. You’ll read about vivid dreams and forgetfulness. I doubt that you’ll read about the hypersensitivity that is my main pregnancy woe.
Within days of getting pregnant it’s like all of my senses go into hyper drive. I hear everything, and have trouble tuning out anything. M’s snoring becomes a buzz saw that wakes me up every few hours. People’s conversations at work are near impossible to ignore. My nose wakes up and the pungency of the world becomes apparent, not all of it good! My taste buds detect every single grain of salt in any dish.
By far the worst of it though is the overall sensitivity. Minor annoyances become huge obstacles. Small slights take on monumental significance. And the general stupidity of people becomes the most intolerable part of my days. On any given day I must communicate with at least 50 different people. It’s a given that at least a few of them are going to say or do stupid things. It drives me up the wall. It’s tolerable when it’s a random person on the phone, but when it’s a coworker or a family member then it becomes a problem. The biggest issue is going to be keeping my mouth shut for the next few months. Cross your fingers for me… or send me some duct tape!