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
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.
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.
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
- 7 Things That You Need to Know When You’re Pregnant - February 9, 2016