So my husband and I have spent the last six months, navigating the unpredictable waters of pregnancy. Acne, back-ne, flatulence, back ache, swelling, bleeding gums, leaking nipples, constant hunger… and that’s just my husband.
To be honest, despite the usual slightly unpleasant but more impractical symptoms, it has been fairly smooth sailing thus far and I’ve been loving it.
What’s not to like really- I now have a built- in shelf to balance all of my snacks. I get the occasional foot rub and people offer to do stuff for me out of sympathy! Result!
I do find that people’s perceptions of what a pregnant woman is capable of, vary wildly. It’s literally a continuum of, “No you musn’t lift that book, it’s far too heavy!” to, “You’re OK with not working reduced hours aren’t you… after all, pregnancy’s not an illness.” That last one’s an actual quote from the Head of HR at work.
My hormones have really carried me along throughout the pregnancy so far, along with my Antidepressants and despite the odd wobble, my mental health has been pretty stable; if not better than before. I am aware that this will probably dip after baby comes along, the hormones will drain away and reality will set in, like a train to the face. But, we’ll deal with that when it comes to it.
For now, we will keep waddling along (literally) and take each day as it comes. Here’s my latest video if you wanted to hear me waffle about things a bit more- particularly, about how I’m planning for labour with Hypnobirthing and Mindfulness: https://choosetransformation.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/1609.mp4