I have been invited by Trinket from Trinket of Treasure to partake in the fabulous "Being Pregnant" meme started by the curious Trinket of Treasure!
- We are a very
noseycurious bunch, so please answer the following questions in depth. YOU’RE NOT ALLOWED TO LEAVE ANY DETAILS OUT (only joking). But, please do write as much as you want, keeping in mind the joys of life are in the finer details. X
- Invite three or more women and link them to your blog post. As I don’t know many mothers or pregnant women, I’d appreciate it if you could invite as many mothers/ expecting women you know to participate. But please remember you don't have to be invited to take part. THE MORE THE MERRIER! x
- Leave a comment about what you think of this meme and a link to your blogpost HERE
- For lovelies that have been pregnant more than once, answer the question in regards to your first pregnancy.
So lets get down to business ladies!
What was your first reaction when you found out that you were/are pregnant and why do you feel you reacted in that way?
We had been trying for a baby, so I had spent some time dreaming about the day I would get that positive result on the "pee stick"! Although at the time I was taking this particular test I was just sort of going through the motions as I had done in previous months and wasn't really expecting it to be positive! I didn't expect to react the way I did at all. I was in total shock to turn over that stick and see the positive result. I actually had a panic attack. I had to sit on the toilet seat with my head between my legs. I felt excited, scared and sick. I felt out of control (and I'm a control freak, so it isn't a feeling I can handle). It is probably the strangest moment/feeling of my life if I'm honest. The thing I had wanted for so long had finally happened but as much as I was definitely happy, I had this intense fear in the pit of my stomach. It had all become very real all of a sudden. As much as I wanted a baby, I've always had an intense fear of pregnancy, what it did to a woman's body always seemed horrific to me. The sickness, the stretching, the aches and pains...and now it was my turn. Then there was the fear of whether I was capable of being a good mum. I look back now and wish I had reacted better, but I suppose it was best to let out all my fears then than let them fester.
What major changes did/does being pregnant bring to your life?
We had one major change while I was pregnant. We moved house! We had lived in our tiny flat for about 8 years and we now had to put it up for sale and pray we could get it sold and move in time for baby's arrival! It was a very stressful time, and I spent many sleepless night worrying how we would cope in our tiny flat with a baby if we couldn't move in time. We even had a sale fall through on us, but finally in Oct we got our flat sold (it had been on the market since April). We had to find a new house quickly. Baby was due Dec 4th! We were lucky, we found and bought our dream house just a few days after the sale of our flat! We moved in two weeks before my due date, and used the final weeks to do the only decorating which needed done, the nursery. In terms of physical changes for me, I blossomed. As it turns out my pregnancy wasn't in any way as horrific as I'd expected. I was healthier than I'd ever been in my life. I had more energy and despite a bit of sickness in the beginning and some general aches and pains I carried on as normal. I didn't feel the need to rest, or change my lifestyle too much. The way people treated me changed though, and I hated it! People treated me like I was ill or tried to stop me doing things. I was pregnant, not ill. I know they were only concerned, but I was fed up hearing; are you ok?/should you really be doing that/you should be resting! I would like to think I was the best judge of what I could or should be doing! Trust me, if I wasn't feeling well or needed to rest I would let you know! It isn't as if I was going skydiving or hang-gliding or anything like that!
What did/do you like or enjoy about being pregnant the most?
I have to admit it. After being so terrified of pregnancy, I ended up loving it! I loved the energy it gave me, I loved every little (and big) kick from my bump, I loved my now glowing skin (my acne disappeared) and lustrous mane of hair. There was very little I didn't like about it! I know I was very lucky to have such a great pregnancy, not everyone is so lucky!
What did /do you dislike the most about being pregnant?
Well, the thing I absolutely hated was the way other people acted towards me. I was either treated like I was ill and told off for not resting or doing too much (when I wasn't doing too much - I was being normal), or the inappropriate comments. I had quite a very small bump even at 2 weeks overdue (although I still got plenty of stretchmarks) and someone actually said to me:
"Aren't you worried about your tummy being so small, it probably means something is wrong with your baby."
Seriously, what a horrid, awful thing to say to anyone!
On a lighter note though, I missed some foods terribly! Pâté, Blue cheeses, soft cheeses, shellfish and especially my beloved rare steak! Still, I think I substituted these with cake instead! Also, I had terrible cravings for eggs, and I HATE eggs!
What are your overall thoughts and feelings on being pregnant?
It was the most exciting, nerve-wracking, wonderful time of my life! I was extremely lucky to have such a great pregnancy. Given the chance would I do it all again? Yes, in a heartbeat! Although sods law would mean my 2nd pregnancy would probably be awful!
So now I'm done, all that is left is to invite some lovely ladies to take part!
unlucky individuals are: