Pregnancy – A learning curve.

So, as I reach the end of my third pregnancy, I feel like a bit of a pro!! There are quite a few things that I have learnt from my pregnancies that quite frankly I didn’t expect (this is what I have learned/experienced – I realise everyone is different!)

  • People talk you all the time. Seriously, strangers in the street will potter up to you to talk about your pregnancy. Whilst I find this a little baffling, I have noticed that when I see a pregnant lady, I have an urge to go and chat –  how strange!
  • You have no idea how big you will get! You think you can’t possibly get any bigger…but then you do – the human body is pretty amazing.
  • You can never plan for labour – of course you can try, but in my experience every labour is totally unpredictable. All you can do is go in there with an open mind and go with the flow.
  • You are aware there will be a lack of sleep once your baby arrives, but you have no idea that a good sleep is long gone way before the baby arrives. Sleeping with a big bump is uncomfortable, the endless middle of the night trips to the toilet and, for the last few weeks, waking up at around 5am every morning. I am sure it is my body preparing me for what is in store!!!
  • You think you will go into labour early – everyone says it.  I think this goes back to the point above, you don’t realise how big and heavy you get. I have found myself saying it with this one and, whilst a little early would be nice, only a week please, and possibly on a Tuesday when the girls are in school and pre-school? Am I asking for too much?
  • Morning sickness does not necessarily mean in the morning, it can happen all day (with Meme it did!) It also isn’t exclusive to the first trimester. However, in the first few weeks when I was so sick with Meme it did give me hope and I remember counting down the weeks until I hit that magic number, 12 weeks pregnant. I actually ended being sick up until week 20 and I know plenty that have experienced pregnancy sickness throughout!
  • With your first pregnancy you will spend crazy money on baby bits – you wise up after the first (you also can’t afford it following your first)

And finally, you can never put into words the feeling you have when you have done that final push and you are handed your baby. The 9 months of struggles, being sick and tired (and in my case grumpy) become a distant memory, which you would do all over again. The feeling of relief, love and happiness is incredible – possibly the best feeling in the world.

So, 8 months in and, whilst I’m feeling hormonal and fed up and ready to throw my pregnancy leggings in the bin, I look at my girls, as challenging as they may be at times, and know it is all worth it.

 

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20 thoughts on “Pregnancy – A learning curve.

  1. Aww what a lovely post. You’re so right, there are many things people don’t tell you about pregnancy and I sometimes think it’s a bit of self-preservation really, if we all knew the rubbish stuff first time round, would we do it anyway??
    Nat.x

  2. I learnt so many things with my pregnancy. It’s funny how many things you think are true but they aren’t, like waters breaking in a splash! I couldn’t believe how many people just stop and talk to you either, and touch your bump!! Great post, good luck x #sharingthebloglove

  3. I learnt so many things during my pregnancy that i had no idea existed. You are so right about people approaching you. I met so many nice ladies in the last few weeks of my pregnancy just by wandering over to town in the sunny weather. They’d stop and talk to me in the shops or on the street. It was just lovely. Good luck in the last month of your pregnancy. I hope you manage to get a lie in before baby comes! (and by lie in, i mean anything past 5am!!)

    #SharingtheBlogLove

  4. I don’t ever think I could go through pregnancy again, having said that I find myself craving the feeling of being handed your baby. I love that first night in hospital when nothing else in the world matters. I do not want another, I do not want another!!

    #ablogginggoodtime

  5. So exciting you are nearly there!! I agree so many things that you have no clue about and things I forgot the instant I had Alice. I guess that’s why we go on to have more, because we do forget a bit. The strangers thing is really weird, but so true!!! Thank you for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove X

  6. Aww this is so precious, and you’re so right, it will all be completely worth it. I felt a bit sad reading this that I never had any strangers approach me when I was pregnant as I never had a bump, not one person asked me if I was pregnant the whole time, even sat in the midwife clinic clutching my green notes. I sometimes wonder if I would have a bump with a sixth…haha! #sharingthebloglove

  7. Oh this brings back memories. I now remember not sleeping through a lot of my pregnancy and just shuffling about very very slowly. You look gorgeous with the bump and I hope you have a very easy going labour. I’m very excited for you 🙂 xx

  8. Ah, I’m so excited for you! I am not a lover of pregnancy at all – the lack of sleep definitely came as a surprise to me. RIght from the first trimester I struggle with sleep, so the helpful people who would say to get your sleep in before the baby comes probably got it in the neck! And the sickness too – I was sick a lot, and was expecting it to stop by 12 weeks, then 15, then 20, then I just accepted that it was probably going to carry on the whole way through. You’re right though, it is totally worth it, that’s why we put ourselves through it again! Thanks for joining us at #SharingtheBlogLove

  9. I completely agree with all of these points – I am currently 40 weeks pregnant with my second and fed up of waiting. We all thought that this little one would come early because he felt so much heavier than my first, but I’m still here overdue again! I’ve also found that everyone comes and talks to you, or points out the fact that you are pregnant (as if you hadn’t noticed!). Good luck for when the baby arrives! #PicknMix

  10. Not long at all now 🙂 I am so looking forward to baby spam, and I really feel for you as I still remember how uncomfortable the last stage is.

    Thanks for linking up to #PicknMix

    Stevie x

  11. Pregnancy and Labour were miserable, complicated, traumatising affairs for me both times, but I certainly will never forget as long as I live how I felt, like I couldn’t catch my breath I was so awed and over whelmed by how much I LOVED that little person the first time we met. I stared for so long in awe at my first. With my second it was not so extreme as it was expected but instead I let out a huge sigh of relief, like ‘finally, you are here in my arms!’, it is a magical moment 🙂 x #sharingthebloglove

  12. You are literally looking AMAZING and I look rough as a dog 2 years after my 3rd… You’ll be fine chick and you’re so right, there is a LOT people don’t tell you about being preggers. Sending you so much love and luck.xxx #bigpinklink

  13. Ha! I distinctly remember while I was pregnant with my twins being astounded at how I kept growing WELL past where I thought I would be at my largest! A woman’s body has such an amazing design, does it not? Congratulations on your upcoming arrival!
    #SharingtheBlogLove

  14. Such a lovely post, and all so very true! Almost makes me miss being pregnant though in a strange way?! Thanks for joining us at #SundayBest, hope to see you again tomorrow! x

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