7 Things That You Need to Know When You’re Pregnant

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Having been pregnant now for 38 weeks and with D-Day creeping ever nearer and nearer, throughout my term I have discovered a thing or two about how intrusive, life-changing, wonderful and scary the whole process can be.

The point of worrying begins from the moment you discover you’re pregnant

monitoring

If you assumed that once your little bundle of joy is born, you’ll be fretting about feeds and poo consistency, you thought wrong! Every quiet day the baby has in the womb seems like an invitation to make a trip down to your local hospital to make sure the baby is doing ok. Although you become familiar with the staff and the layout of the maternity ward, so maybe that is one less thing to worry about…

 

Vital Stat Monitoring can become obsessive

 

That ‘pregnancy glow does not happen to everyone

My first and second trimester I spent a lot of time staring into the sick bowl, trying hard not to let the smell of chicken, or whatever offending smell, make me queasy. When people exclaim that you look like you have the ‘glow,’ I have often thought they have mistaken that golden aura often portrayed by model-mums for a green-like tinge that creeps in to our skin for us lesser mortals.

 

Might as well take inspiration from our feathery friends

Your centre of gravity will change

As the baby dips lower in your pelvis, the ‘waddle walk’ begins. You know the kind, you begin swaying side by side, like a duck. You thought you could avoid it, but it is in fact, unavoidable. I would definitely recommend flats.

 Might as well take inspiration from our feathery friends

 

People will stare and it is hard to stop them

 Not unless you spend all your time indoors shielded away from prying eyes, there will be a time when you have to venture out and face the world. Women staring are the worst culprits, as many size you up as they try to work out how far along down the pregnancy line you are. You want to scream ‘HAVE YOU NEVER SEEN A PREGNANT WOMAN BEFORE?!’ but instead you walk in your dignified duck waddle manner, straight passed them, with your eyes fixed firmly ahead.

 

You will constantly be told that your bump is either ‘too big or ‘too small

 Roll your eyes and know that you and your bump are actually PERFECT.

 

You may get pregnancy fatigue

By this I mean it will feel like you have been pregnant for what feels like a millennia. Your body may be aching all over and you may not be able to climb the stairs without huffing and puffing for breath. You may have swollen hands and feet, and even your maternity clothes which you bought in the first trimester, are getting tight.

Time Stands Still

Time Stands Still

 

You are a life-creating force and do not forget it

When all the niggles and pains become unbearable and you feel like you have been preggo for what feels like eternity, you need to pinch and remind yourself that you have been given a great gift from the Almighty, a superpower even. Hollywood really needs to cotton on and create a pregnant Superwoman because that is exactly how amazing you and your body are. Creating a life is not easy, just remember, at least 50% of the world’s population cannot do it!

 

Salaams and love to All! xx

Hejaab Bukhari

Hejaab aka The Blogsmith, isa 28 year old Copy Editor, Mum-to-be and short story Blogger based in Berkshire, England. She enjoys the simple thing in life such as walks in the fresh country air, online shopping, and debating about almost everything with her nearest and dearest. She has the patience of a Saint, the grace of a gazelle and the humour of Ron Weasley. (Only one out of the three are correct, I’ll let you guess which one!)

She writes predominately at: http://www.theblogsmith.co.uk and hopes that you enjoy her observations on life.

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  • Irum

    I enjoyed reading this one…lol… Especially people starring point… Lol… U really have a good sense of humour !
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    • Hejaab B

      Thanks so much Irum, that’s very kind of you to say. I guess the only thing I can say is that i’ve had the advantage of honing it for many years- atleast there’s one small advantage of ageing! x

  • Fozia S

    One thing I would add to this list is that people think its acceptable to touch your stomach! I had my friends mum who I barely know randomly have a feel. I was in shock and didn’t know what to say or do!
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  • Sainab

    I don’t think I got the pregnancy glow at all, I was staring at that sick bucket until about 5 months in. Alhamdulillah though, I forgot all of it the minute I had the little being in my arms!

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