Ten months ago I was pregnant, in the last year and a half all of our lives have changed and what a whirlwind it has been! Sometimes I find it hard to believe everything my body, my mind and our family has been through during my pregnancy and the months since. I have taken a look back at it all and come up with:
9 Things No-one Tells You About Pregnancy
- Hiding your pregnancy in those early days can be tricky if you’re not ready to tell anyone yet. Day to day no one will notice, but if you suddenly start turning down the cocktails and become the designated driver people may start wondering. I used the “I’m on antibiotics” excuse… I don’t think anyone noticed??
- That time when your normal clothes get a bit tight but maternity clothes make you look like a sack of potatoes? That happens to the best of us, don’t worry about it. Just be comfortable.
- That being said 👆🏻don’t waste a fortune on maternity clothes unless you are planning on more children. You can get away with cheap tops and vests in a larger size, also floaty dresses will usually work (you just may need to team them with leggings/trousers if they get a bit short as your bump grows).
- Mood swings are normal. The sooner your other half accepts this, the better. Your body is doing so much to grow the baby that all the excess hormones can turn you into a bit of an emotional rollercoaster. It gets better, don’t worry 😉
- You don’t have to have cravings. With both my pregnancies I was asked what I was craving and apart from chocolate (which isn’t pregnancy related!) I didn’t want anything. I think people thought it was odd that a didn’t want to eat coal or sponges or something else out weird, but it doesn’t always happen.
- Your body is no longer yours. No, not because your baby is sharing it, but because when you’re pregnant friends, family, work colleagues and strangers believe your body is fair game for unwanted touching and comments. So many people asked me if I was having twins and tried to pat my tummy. Not cool people, not cool!
- Pregnancy = Birth Stories. Women LOVE to share their pregnancy and birth stories when someone else is pregnant. I’m as guilty of this as the next mum, but when you think about it it can get a bit scary for a first time mum, especially if the account is a bit of a traumatic one.
- You won’t be able to sleep. Of course, at first you’ll be fine. But as you get bigger, and especially in those last few weeks, sleeping will become a problem. A 4 or 5am wake up call will not be unusual, but just try to rest later in the day if you can.
- If you need to take iron tablets, make sure you have a high fibre diet. Those supplements will (here’s the gross bit) block you up. Eat all the fruit and veg, and keep things moving!!
So there it is, the 9 things I don’t think I knew about pregnancy before having children. To be honest, I think I forgot about some of them after Oliver too. Parents, what do you think? Are there any other things you wish you had known about pregnancy? Let me know in the comments!
If you liked this, check out 13 Bits of Advice for a Mum to Be or New Mum