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While it's fairly common knowledge that labour can be strenuous (and that's putting it mildly), one Twitter thread has seen a number of woman recall how nine months' worth of carrying a human took its toll on their bodies.
Now, it's worth pointing out that many of these changes are rare, but if you're concerned, it's always worth consulting with a midwife or medical professional if you're worried about anything during pregnancy.
The thread came in response to writer and podcast host Toni Tone, after she wrote to her 214,000 followers: "Loss of teeth, loss of hair, facial paralysis, varicose veins, swollen ankles, acne, nausea, back pain...and so much more.
"Every day I begin to understand why some people on Twitter call babies 'coochie goblins', because wtf?
"I didn't even know pregnancy related teeth loss was a thing until this week."
The tweet, which quickly garnered over 10,000 likes, saw other women share their own experiences of pregnancy - some of which being truly jaw-dropping.
"One of my friends can't even jump anymore. She straight up pees when she jumps? I'm like not even a small jump? Like to get in the jeep jump? My goodness!" one woman said, while another said: "I have to sneeze when I stand still!"
"Yeah my teeth were breaking, my knees are shot, can't even do jumping Jack's or squats anymore," a second said. "Growing a baby is an experience."
A third chipped in: "I had hyperemesis gravidarum (excessive vomiting) and was hospitalised for dehydration five times plus.
"Toward the end of my pregnancy I developed ICP (intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy) which makes your hands and feet itch incessantly. My lower back is permanently jacked up. The hair loss post partum was scary lol. Never again."
"I lost a chunk of rib in my first pregnancy," a fourth said. "It broke when he tried to stretch out once. By the 8th month he was too big for my body and when he would stretch, he would lay on the blood vessels to carry blood/oxygen to my brain. I would instantly pass out."
A fifth person added: "For me, it was the temporary worsening of my eyesight , the cavities/swollen gums, nine months of vomiting, the brittle hair, lower back pain to this day and the yeast infections.
"Do NOT recommend and wouldn't do it again."
And one woman spoke about the real issue of getting blood clots in her breast milk.
"The bloodclots coming out the t***y after childbirth was enough for me to know I'm good," she said, before sharing a video of the phenomenon.
While the thread is jarring and at times nauseating reading, other women praised the honesty of those who had been through difficult pregnancy.
"Thank you for your honesty and sharing your feelings," one woman wrote. "Women are made to feel like they have to pretend it's the best experience ever and that's the first problem. People need to know what women really go through so we can make informed decisions."
Each pregnancy is different for every person, with some feeling no symptoms and others experiencing a litany.
But to reassure those of you thinking about having a child of your own someday, breaking bones and losing teeth are quite rare.
It's true that growing another person inside us can cause strain on our bodies, with the baby needing a lot of calcium while in the womb. This can cause our bones and teeth to weaken. However, a healthy diet with lots of calcium can help remedy any problems. Any loss of bone mass after pregnancy can be recovered in the weeks or months after labour or when you choose to stop breast-feeding.
Meanwhile, blood in your breast milk isn't necessary a sign of illness, and can be especially common in first time mums due to a number of reasons. If you are concerned, then be sure to seek the advice of a medical professional.
Mums, you really are superheroes.