before being pregnant, the narrative around pregnancy and childbirth was quite
a negative one that it really made me feel quite scared and overwhelmed when I
found out that I was pregnant because I didn’t have a clue how I would handle
what was about to come. Honestly, I was really lucky to have a positive and
healthy pregnancy with not too many debilitating symptoms and although it
certainly takes some getting used to, there are so many positive things about
being pregnant that need to be celebrated and promoted.
Literally. Everyone. It is impossible to be mean to a pregnant
person. Most people are terrified of a hormonal outburst so they do everything
they can to be nice to you. You’ll find strangers smiling at you in the street,
offering you seats on buses and SO many compliments which really do help when
you feel like a hippo. My advice is to enjoy it while it lasts and take
advantage of it. If somebody wants to feed you cake then you should let them.
While I do not advocate ringing in sick everyday and potentially losing your
job, I do advocate being easier on yourself when your pregnant and not being
afraid to take the day off when you need it. And the best thing is if its
pregnancy related, this can’t be held against you in your workplace. So yes,
being too physically exhausted to make the journey to work is a valid reason
for staying at home, and who doesn’t want a guilt-free duvet day?
Now we’ve all heard and seen many miserable sober pregnant women talk about how
much they miss alcohol, and I’d be lying if I said that I didn’t miss a glass of red
wine. However, being sober really does have its perks. Date nights are cheaper
because you save money on alcohol and taxi’s and no more dreaded hangovers. For me, it meant that my anxiety got considerably better and I’ve never felt so well rested
and all round healthier for cutting out alcohol.
How many mornings have you woken up and just felt like going to work in your
pjs? Well when you’re pregnant you can. Okay that might be an exaggeration… but
comfort really is key when you’re pregnant and no one (see point 1) is going to
question you leaving the house in sweatpants if they’re all that fit you and
they make your bump happy. So here’s to braless days and baggy jumpers! FYI you’ll never be able to go braless again after birth so let them be free while you can.
Obviously the most important point about pregnancy is the fact that no matter
how awful you may feel, that warm glow that comes with knowing
that you’re going to become a mum and feeling your baby kick inside you for the first time
really can’t be compared to anything else in the world. Aside from the love I
felt for Jacob, I was overwhelmed by the amount of love I felt from my
friends, family, colleagues and husband. Seeing everybody’s reactions when we
told them we were expecting was a memory that I’ll never forget.
Seeing how happy the imminent
arrival of another family member has made everyone really is priceless.