10 Truths About Being Pregnant

Every pregnant woman will experience most of these

  • You will probably spend the majority of your pregnancy on online forums. These have become huge. You’ll hide behind your screen name discussing everything from embarrassing pregnancy symptoms to birth plans and baby names. What you may not realise now is that these online forums tend to morph into private Facebook groups and actual real life friendships. The beauty of the internet. Embrace it! Even if they do know more about you than your actual friends… 
  • You said you wouldn’t, but “bumps shots” will be taken. You’ve bitched about those “types” that take photos of their bump and post them online. Just don’t be too hard on yourself if you end up being one of them. There is just something about wanting to share your expanding belly with the world. To be fair, it’s growing a human inside and that is seriously amazing. 
  • You will constantly hear people telling you to enjoy this time because it “all changes when the baby arrives”. You’ll roll your eyes at them. Funnily enough when your baby is born you will understand exactly what they mean. I’ve caught myself saying it to others now. Not because having a baby isn’t incredible. It’s insanely incredible. But “nipping to the shops” is a bit of a luxury, so do enjoy this time. 
  • You’ll eat the cake. All the cake. Everywhere you go people will suggest cake. It’s always a good idea. Just enjoy the cake. 
  • In any one day you will be told that you look like you are “carrying high”, “carrying low” “tiny”, “huge”, “glowing”, “wrecked”, “carrying to the front” and that “pregnancy suits you”. It’s lovely really, enjoy the attention. 
  • Cry over an insurance ad, because you put too much milk in your tea, or because you really enjoyed your lunch. The eternal cliché, but one that I have found to be very true. Cry as much as you want Mama. 
  • Watch far too much One Born Every Minute. It’s just a given. That music…. 
  • Pack and re-pack your hospital bag seven thousand times. Somehow it makes you feel more prepared, and yet nothing can actually prepare you for when it’s show time. 
  • Purchase at least ten items that you will not use. We all do it. It’s impossible to resist most of them. Baby shops have it sussed, I’m tellin’ ya! 
  • You will have a baby at the end of it. Obvious right? Wrong. You’ve carried the baby for nine months, you’ve been to the appointments, felt the nausea, felt the gorgeous kicks and tumbles and compared them to various fruit sizes. But nothing can actually prepare you for the moment that you meet your baby. The moment that you realise there actually was a real life human being in there all along. No words can do it justice. The best moment of your life. Promise! 
Written by Tracey, mummy blogger and staff writer with www.familyfriendlyhq.ie
Check out her own blog at www.love-of-living.blogspot.ie 

Tracey Quinn

Proud mum of two who got married on Don't Tell The Bride and had an accidental home-birth (loves a good story). She's passionate about breastfeeding, positive thinking & all things cosy.

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