A post I’ve been meaning to write for a little while but with one thing and another just haven’t got round to doing is one all about 10 things that no-one tells you about being pregnant. Pregnancy is such an amazing thing, but there are so many things that you just don’t expect, things that you had never even thought about when you’d been thinking about a baby. Seeing as I’m now 34 weeks pregnant and well and truly into the third trimester countdown to meet our little girl I thought it was about time I shared with you some of the thoughts that have been going through my head throughout pregnancy, the things I didn’t expect.
BEFORE YOU CAN FEEL YOUR BABY MOVE, PREGNANCY IS THE STRANGEST CONCEPT
Every time you see a pregnant person before you are pregnant you don’t think too much of it, other than it’s completely normal, but as soon as you are you’ll soon realise that pregnancy is the strangest concept …a concept you don’t quite realise until you are pregnant yourself. Knowing I was pregnant early on, but unable to feel her was something super hard to get my head around, even with a growing bump and scans. It’s such a strange concept that you’re growing a baby human but actually can’t feel or even see him/her.
FEELING YOUR BABY MOVE REALLY IS THE MOST AMAZING THING IN THE WORLD
Ahhh those first flutters are so unexpected and kind of make you question if they’re real but are the most amazing feeling. Feeling them get stronger as your baby grows really is the most amazing thing in the world. I can happily spend an hour just watching my little girl wriggle around my tummy.
WHILST HAVING A BUMP AND WATCHING YOUR BABY GROW IS INCREDIBLE, IT CAN BE DIFFICULT
I absolutely love having a bump and watching it grow week by week, but something I have found really hard in pregnancy is the inability to fit into my regular clothes and the inability to wear whatever I like. I haven’t been able to fit into a lot of my clothes from very early on as I had pregnancy bloat which then quickly turned to bump, which meant things like high-waisted jeans and waist flattering dresses were out of the question. I’ve mentioned before I sometimes feel a bit like a fat flump; this is what I mean.
MATERNITY CLOTHES ARE OVERPRICED AS ANYTHING
When you do go maternity clothes shopping, so much of it is overpriced as anything for simply having the word maternity attached to it. I’ve seen so many things I love that are just out of my budget, and seeing as I will only be wearing them when pregnant I’m not willing to invest too much money. Saying that; H&M has been my go-to for the maternity clothes I have picked up wihout spending the earth, with jeans for £24.99. Cheapy £6 dresses from Primark in two sizes up have been my other go-to and one of the only items of non-maternity clothing that I have found worked for my pregnancy bump and body.
…EVEN MATERNITY TIGHTS ARE REQUIRED TOWARDS THE END
Yes… they really are. Maternity tights are something I have completely avoided throughout pregnancy, but now that it is getting colder and I n-e-e-d tights I have found my regular ones super uncomfortable so have given in and brought maternity tights. And guess what, they are the best things in the world, so comfortable and don’t fall down immediately, something I found when I attempted to simply size up in regular tights.
PREGNANCY IS SCARY
Pregnancy really is amazing, but also incredibly scary. If you’re unlucky like me and experience some bleeding it may make you immediately think you have lost the baby or something is seriously wrong, when everything is actually absolutely fine. Bleeding can mean something is wrong, but it can also be normal in pregnancy. You question a lot of things and pregnancy sure does make you worry about your little one before they’re even here!
SMP IS ALSO SCARY
If your company don’t offer a maternity package or you miss out by a couple of months the alternative is SMP for a lot of people, something that is incredibly scary. 90% of your wage for 6 weeks followed by less than £150 a week is nothing and a big wage drop, especially when you have things like a mortgage, bills and food to pay for. But… it is what it is, and you will survive is what you need to remember, and the little baby growing inside you makes it all worth it.
PREGNANCY HORMONES ARE TOTALLY A THING
L-o-l, if you think the time of the month hormones are a thing, they’re nothing on pregnancy hormones. You can go from laughing hysterically to a state of tears, to being actually upset in a matter of seconds. You might question things, and your OH is the only thing that can calm you down again, or he may just wind you up more than usual.
YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO STOP BUYING BABY CLOTHES
Yep, you may already think this one, but seriously, you will not be able to stop buying baby clothes. Baby clothes are the cutest things, which means every time you do a food shop, this now involves a trip to the baby clothes section of the shop too. And with sale shopping, you’ll soon have a collection of baby clothes larger than you even realise. Our baby girl is pretty much stocked up to 3-6 months already!
EVERYONE WILL COMMENT ON THE SIZE OF YOUR BUMP
This, no matter whether it is someone you know or a complete stranger, everyone will comment on the size of your bump. Every bump is completely different is something I have really come to learn during pregnancy, but I don’t think other people realise this. From your bump is so huge, are you sure you’re not having twins, to how far really are you, to the standard big or small bump comments, nothing seems to be off-limits.
If you’re pregnant are these things you have found out too?