My pregnancy was nothing like I would have imagined.
I moved twice. I was lucky enough to have financial help at every point. My mental heath was really fucking bad at some points. I had a daughter (I always thought I would be more prone to having boys). It was more of an alien experience than I could have ever dreamed it to be.
Throughout the pregnancy I went through a lot and learnt a lot. Here’s just a smidgen of the things I now know about pregnancy.
- Morning sickness is more nausea than actual vomiting (at least it was for me).
- The first scan is unbelievable. You get to have definite proof that you have a human being growing in there.
- You never really come to terms with the fact that your body is MAKING ANOTHER HUMAN.
- Not only are you MAKING ANOTHER HUMAN but you are also MAKING ANOTHER ORGAN (the placenta).
- Afternoon naps are vital. Have them when you can.
- Maternity clothes suck.
- The first kicks are pretty amazing.
- The kicks never stop being amazing (but they can get irritating when you’re trying to sleep).
- Near the end, you can feel the feet and/or hands pushing against your skin, like hard little rocks.
- Only sleeping on your left side is really frustrating.
- Your feet do swell up. And your hands. Though it’s only because of all the extra blood pumping around your body (up to 50% more than regular folk).
- Giving birth seems like a long way off, until the weeks start to fly by and you’re suddenly almost at your due date.
- You wish for more time to get everything ready (including yourself, mentally and emotionally).
- It’s a miracle.
- It’s a gross miracle.
- The due date is locked in your mind (though only 5% give birth on their due date).
- Babies need so much stuff.
- You become incredibly protective over your bump.
- Considering and then booking a C-Section out of fear and anxiety can make you feel like a bad mum (even though 25% of births occur via C-Section in the UK, and it’s a completely legitimate choice).
- There are pros and cons to all birthing options, and it’s a really difficult decision to make.
- You wish to just get that baby out of you because 40 weeks feels like forever towards the end.
- Hypno-birthing is so calming, I wish I had listened to it much earlier.
- Walking like a normal person (instead of waddling) seems like a luxury.
- Your body is heavy. I mean really heavy. Heavy like you want to carry your bump with your hands as you walk down the street, just for some extra support.
- You think about what you’ll actually do when you walk through your front door with your baby for the first time, and freak out because you have absolutely no idea.
- Everyone’s pregnancy is different.