When I fell pregnant I didn’t realise how much I didn’t actually know about what the next nine months would hold. If I were to offer myself any advice to my pre-pregnant self then this is what I would say to little naive me:
- Morning sickness can happen at any time of the day, do not be fooled by the name.
- You will want to know where every toilet in the vicinity is
because:1. Sick 2. Bladder control 3. You can’t move as quickly as you used to!
- That weird rolling, kick thing you’ve seen on Facebook is less gross when it’s your baby. It’s a very magical yet odd sensation but it makes you realise that shit is about to get real. And boy does it.
- Cravings are real. And so is being sick over broccoli or cleaning the sick. Do try and not have so much chocolate as you will regret it when you are trying to get back to a size 12.
- Sleep. Do a lot of it. You’re pregnant therefore no one can stop you.
- Don’t bother spending all that money on maternity clothes, just get a bigger size from Primark!
- Pregnacare is great for you during pregnancy but
takeit at night as it will make you want to vom when taken first thing.
- A support belt for the bump will become useful later in pregnancy when you can barely walk due to SPD and that shit hurts.
- You will get a tonne of advice. Some unasked for. Try not to bite off heads, just smile and ignore even if you want to scream.
- There are many more midwife appointments than you can imagine. When arranging your birth plan be realistic. You won’t get the beautiful, calm water birth you had hoped for. Epidurals are actually amazing and you will feel NOTHING. Be sure to ask for that instead of insisting that you will be fine in a Midwifery Unit.
- Going to Disney World (or anywhere hot for that matter ) won’t be as laid back as you think. You will feel too faint, hot, sick and sticky to do ANYTHING that pregnant women can do whilst on holiday. You should probably cancel the trip to the very crowded 30-degree theme park…
- Oh hi, boobs… You thought they were big before but be prepared bras are now a thing of the past.
- Chairs that aren’t filled with marshmallow are not your friend.
- You will need more deodorant than ever because of the sweats you will be experiencing. Sexy.
- No one wants to hear the truth about how you are feeling and will keep saying “It will be worth it.” It will be but it won’t feel that way for a long time.
- Your hair will be luscious and long and so will your nails. Make the most of it as they practically all fall out after giving birth. Oh, and your skin will be incredible. That doesn’t last either.
Is there anything you wish you knew about your pregnancy before it happened? Next up, THINGS I WISH I KNEW ABOUT GIVING BIRTH.