Pregnancy seems such a long time ago now my last one being around 6 years ago and my first being around 20 years ago (Oh gawd that makes me feel very old)!! Being pregnant was one of the most amazing and horrible experiences I have ever had really, my first was wonderful I was 18 years old and I didn’t suffer much at all apart from having morning sickness for 9 months. All those people who kept saying it would go at 12 weeks were definitely wrong! Thankfully I never felt bad with it I would just be sick. Who gave it the name morning sickness because I was sick morning, noon and night??
My second pregnancy was worst I had awful ‘morning’ sickness for 16 weeks but felt like I was dying for the entire time and then I got SPD which made doing most things nearly impossible, my third pregnancy sadly ended in miscarriage and my fourth was much the same as my second without the SPD. I think my last pregnancy was my hardest as I had a 3-year-old and a 13-year-old to look after too. Most days I would take Boo to nursery and then come home and collapse on the sofa until it was time to fetch her.
One thing that remained constant through all of my pregnancies was how good I felt about myself, I had a glow, a confidence with myself that I never had before, I loved my pregnant body, I had a purpose and I loved it. I felt special and I loved hitting the shops to treat myself to Maternity Clothes. With my first there wasn’t a massive range available just jeans with huge elastic bellies and dungaree dresses but with my last two lots of high street stores were selling gorgeous maternity wear and I just loved to treat myself as my belly expanded.
The most important thing I learned from being pregnant is that you need to take time for yourself and get all the rest that you need, don’t over do it and just relax and enjoy every second. There are so many rules and so many people will tell you different things about what you should or shouldn’t be doing. I took most advice with a pinch of salt and did my own research.
Pregnancy is such an amazing, special time! You are growing your very own little person in side of you and as soon as they are in your arms it is all a memory 🙂
* This post is written in collaboration with George.