It is difficult to write about pregnancy without sounding like you’re either gloating (oh my pregnancy was a breeze, no morning sickness or difficulty whatsoever) or complaining (I hated every minute of being pregnant, the fat ankles, the constant pain – don’t even get me started on the birth!). Mine was definitely a combination of all of the above, so I thought I would share some of my pregnancy tips.
On discovering I was pregnant (8 weeks down the line), I was shocked to say the least. My ‘research’ – google, had suggested that because I had been on the pill for so long, it would take ages to fall pregnant. 3 days isn’t exactly ages….
I did enjoy my first two trimesters – where I luckily didn’t suffer from morning sickness, continued to be active, playing netball, yoga and going out as much as possible, knowing that that might not be so easy after bub was born.
In my third trimester, I hit a bit of a brick wall. I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes (GD). This was a bit of a shock, but I was adamant I would control it with a nutritious diet and exercise, so I cut out all sugar where possible (this was killer!) and swam every other day. I learnt about how GD could affect the baby, so I became obsessed with keeping it under control. I ached, and being about 5”3 I found the pressure on my back to be immense (although it probably doesn’t matter how tall you are!). Yes, I had fat ankles, yes, my feet got bigger and yes, my nose even grew!
Labour was, well, laborious. 36 hours which resulted in me dilating to 9cm, but not quite reaching 10 before the doctor advised an emergency C section, was not the ‘hypnobirthing’ plan I had dreamed of! Now when I think about it, I have clouded, but fond memories of the whole thing, my husband on the other hand is still slightly traumatised.
I think it goes without saying, that bringing a newborn baby into the world trumps every niggle, worry or physical pain you might feel, so if you’re currently pregnant my only parenting advice would be to focus on the positives and breathe…