Wednesday, 26 July 2017

What I Have Learnt Since Becoming Pregnant...


This post is not just for those who are expecting a baby. I've tried to include some humorous points, some 'please do not say this to your pregnant friend' points and some serious ones. Being pregnant is completely different for each woman. However, a lot of online posts about pregnancy are not my kind of 'thing'. They seem to be either terrifying or a tad on the cheesy side. I thought I would write a post of what I have encountered since being 'up the duff'. I'm not a very serious person so this is my half jokey/half serious take on being pregnant so far.


1. You spend the first few weeks being terrified to tell people because you worry what their reaction will be. The majority of mine thought I was joking. 

2. Every time you go to put food in your mouth, you will pause and then google that food item to see whether you're allowed to eat it. You probably aren't.

3. People will analyse your weight. When you say your pregnant, they go to look at your stomach... when they're used to you being pregnant they will quite often comment on whether you have got fat. 'Your ass is definitely fatter', 'can't wait until you're proper fat', 'god you are getting big'etc etc.

4. You have a lot of different opinions thrown at you, whether you ask for them or not. Even though in some ways, it is helpful and beneficial, it can get a bit overwhelming when it's constant and they're all very different. 'You better not do that with your child'. It's also eye opening how many people know how to be the perfect parent before they have had children themselves...

5. You realise who your friends are. You can't go out and party and most of the time you want to sleep. It's nice to see who sticks around and makes an effort still. Also, people that you've not spoken to in a while come back into your life and that's always nice! As long as it is for the right reasons of course.

6. I personally, realised I know little to nothing about pregnancy and babies. The whole time I am like Rachel off of friends at her baby shower.

7. If someone know's you are pregnant, but they don't know the 'details', they will assume that any male you are with is the father, and congratulate them also. They also assume that you are happily in a relationship which is always a little awkward for me as me and the father are not together.  Luckily for me, it isn't a horrible situation (like someone walking out when they find out you are up the duff etc), however, it is still a little awkward! I feel bad for those who get continuously asked this and they are upset about their situation, whatever it may be.

8. Trying to find a name is an absolute joke if you are not one of those people that 'always knew what they would name their children'. I never planned on having kids, I planned my pet dogs name, but not a Childs. Every time someone asks I get really awkward to mention names I like as there have been quite a few times where I have said one and received a negative comment back. It shouldn't, but it does then affect my opinion of the name and I end up right back at the beginning.

9. Bloating and indigestion is now a way of life. Oh, and peeing every 5 seconds. I'm even throwing up whilst I sleep due to the acid reflux. Sexy eyyyyy.

10. There is a lot of pressure. As said previously, there are a lot of strong opinions, from friends, family, society, online, the other parent as well as the pressure you put on yourself. Although none of it is negative or meant negatively, it can get very stressful.

11. 'Sorry, I can't, I am pregnant', is a viable excuse to get out of anything. I decided.

12. Getting kicked in the ribs, from the inside, is not pleasant...

13. If I ever move jobs in the future, I will be looking at the maternity packages available. This is not something I'd ever considered before, however, this is definitely something to keep in mind for the future. Knowing that you will only be receiving statutory sick pay for the time you are off can be rather stressful. 

14. There is a lot of pressure to feel a bond with your expected bump from day one. This is not something I experienced and you are definitely made to feel badly about it as a woman. Of course you get protective over your stomach and worry about health etc of you and baby, but there is a high level of expectancy to be completely in love with your bump because it's attached to you. 

15. People assume you will breastfeed. If you google anything to do with it, you will basically be told to breastfeed or be classed as a failure. 

16. Back pain is now life. I had hip and back pain before, safe to say, pregnancy does not help. Especially as I am carrying towards to the back.

17. Your boobs will become out of control. I had no natural boobs at all (not being dramatic for once, I had nothing - to the point of being referred to the NHS), so I had a breast enhancement when I was 22 (not on the NHS fyi). However, since being pregnant, my boobs have got massive and now don't fit in anything! I have been squishing into sports bras to keep the bad boys in place, but even that is proving to be a struggle.

18. All other parts of your body will also enlarge. Say hello to bigger ankles, feet, thighs and arse! 

19. If you get ill, you just have to deal with it. Almost every medicine you will pick up with say pregnant ladies, stay away! However, if you suffer from hay fever or indigestion, go to your doctor and they will prescribe something for you. I was suffering really badly for a few weeks before I went as I didn't realise.

20. Sitting up isn't as easy as it used to be. You'll be 'rolling' your way off the sofa and bed more and more. Just keep rolling.

21. Shaving becomes a lot more difficult when you can't bend or see your lower half... As does putting your shoes on.

22. Hot weather is hell. Hell I tell you. I am so glad the heatwave is over!

23. If you sit on the floor, you will regret it. Unless you plan on staying there forever.

24. You have the nose of a bloodhound! 

25. Baby brain is a real thing. The amount of times I have left the flat or work, without very important belongings is a joke.

26. Do not google things. You will regret this... There have been so many occasions I have read something that has terrified me to my inner core about what could happen to my body or during birth etc. There is no need to even read these articles. If it happens, it happens. Until then, I would like to remain blissfully unaware.

27. Babies and pregnant women now stand out a mile. I never noticed if there was a baby near me before unless it was screaming. Now however, they are everywhere. I also see every pregnant woman a mile off and compare their stomach to mine.

28. Food cravings. Mine haven't been too strange, compared to some of the things I have heard. But before pregnancy, I ate really healthy and didn't enjoy sweet food (apart from biscuits). However, since pregnancy, I have not had an appetite when it comes to savoury food at all. There is nothing that I sit and think 'ooo I really fancy xyz'... apart from anything with sugar in. Cake, biscuits and even chocolate (never been a fan of chocolate bars etc), is now all I think about. This bump definitely is not all baby, there is a big section that is cheesecake.

29. It is not glamourous. Especially when you get stuck on the examining table with your pants around your ankles and need the nurse to help you up. Ahhh, good times.

30. Everyone deals with it differently. I am not a planner, I am an avoider. I will do the important things that need to be done, but I am not googling anything to do with labour etc. Other mum's to be seem to be far more on top of things than myself.
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12 comments

  1. This is so interest for me! Great to get insight :)

    Anika xo | anikamay.co.uk

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  2. Aww congratulations lovely! I loved reading these haha xx

    Gemma • Gemma Etc. ❤️

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  3. Looking forward to the future.. haha, congrats girl x

    Nev | Miss Nev

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  4. oh congrats lovely. i hope your pregnancy will go as smoothly as it can.
    ❤︎

    www.elenaisabelle.com

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  5. I had to share this post with my sister who is pregnant, she agreed with every single point!

    Danielle xx
    http://www.fashionbeautyblog.co.uk/

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    1. Hahaha good to know I'm not the only one! xx

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  6. This was kind of hilarious! I hope the rest of your pregnancy goes as smoothly as possible :)
    I know a lot of people who haven't told anyone what they were planning on naming their child, until after he/she was born, simply because people were more likely to keep their negative opinions about the name to themselves once the baby was born!
    - Rebecca ♥

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    1. Hahaha, well I every post I read is either too 'lovey dovey' for me, or absolutely terrifying, so I thought I'd do a more humorous one!

      True, people will find it harder to be rude when they know the name is already decided! xx

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  7. When it comes to pregnancy, people have no filter. It's really shocking. I enjoyed this post and related in many ways. Congratulations!! http://www.mrsqbeauty.com

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