Because things just change when you have a bump
- People will actually offer you a seat on the bus. Not always but sometimes. It's usually offered with a tone of “please tell me this woman is actually pregnant and I am not insulting her”.
- There are limitations to being in places with extremely loud noises. Certain performances, demonstrations and activities will ask any pregnant women to leave the room. The noise can be damaging to your unborn child.
- You are not supposed to eat unpasteurised cheese or dippy eggs. Yeah, about that....
- You are very easily reduced to tears. I have fond memories of crying at a commercial for floor cleaner.
- You are legally entitled to attend your antenatal appointments and still by paid by your employer.
- You will notice every single pram and travel system within a two mile radius.
- One Born Every Minute will empower and terrify you in equal measures.
- You will become acutely aware of yourself. It's a tough thing to explain in words but you can often feel as though you are out of body looking at yourself from a distance. A lot of women feel this way. It's often one of the reasons a woman can tell that she is pregnant. Amazing really.
- You will not enjoy or entertain the word “no” in any situation. You would also commend the bravery of the person who says it to you.
- You will be told that you are “carrying low”, “carrying high”, “look very neat” and “are massive” all on the same day.
- You will regularly compare your baby to various fruit and vegetables. You can thank the apps.
- You will be advised not to hoover or mop floors as it can be a dangerous motion. Embrace it and delegate to someone else. Doctors orders, remember?
- You will hear birth stories time and time again whether you have asked for them or not.
- You will suddenly discover that every single woman or man who has ever known a woman to be pregnant is in fact an expert.
- You will be merely months away from meeting the love of your life.
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