There is no denying that pregnancy is a special and amazing experience, however during my first pregnancy there were more than a few things which happened to my body that I wish someone had told me about.
Most of us have heard or even commented on the thick and shiny locks a woman seems to develop during pregnancy, but let’s talk about hair in other places besides our head - hello stomach hair! I became VERY familiar with my beauty therapist during my pregnancy as thanks to the truckloads of hormones racing through my body it wasn’t just the hair on my head which didn’t stop growing or needing to be removed from strange new places….
If you thought the sleepless nights started after your baby was born - think again! In between trips to the loo there are also battles trying to get comfortable, back pain and let’s not forget about those weird pregnancy dreams and fears which can keep you awake for hours.
When pregnant you really do a lot of waiting. Waiting for the lines on pregnancy test to appear, waiting to see Doctors, waiting for scans - the list goes one!
While for everyone else life may seem to go on as normal, when pregnant the days and weeks seem to creep slowly along, and slow down even more the further into your pregnancy you get. In those early months you are anxiously waiting for your first milestones, scans and appointments and then as your due date gets closer and the excitement builds a week feels like it’s made up of 127 days.
If you think you are prepared for the emotional roller coaster you are about to go on when you fall pregnant, think again. You will find yourself crying through your favourite tv shows, even if the scene isn’t sad. You will also become irrational (not that you will admit it to anyone at the time) and the smallest thing can and will set you off on a tirade.
Even now after three pregnancies I still find it hard to put into words just how amazing the experience is. While pregnancy isn’t an easy time for many people (myself included) the fact that you are growing another person inside of you is a feeling you will never forget.