A big hello to any readers who are currently expecting a baby! This time two years ago, I was trundling into the second trimester of pregnancy, and experiencing the happiness of being able to tell friends and family. Isn’t it great, on so many levels? For various reasons, Tibbs’ appearance as a couple of faint pink lines was a huge, huge shock, and so very much longed for. But however they came about, those babies are coming. The downside is, the months of pregnancy can feel like years, sometimes.
On Friday, as we were choosing books in the Library, I suddenly started to think about being pregnant, and how it had felt. Could I even remember? Is it bad that I wasn’t sure I could? So, in tribute to all the ladies I’m seeing around Bristol with bumps, and with newborns, here’s the things I do and don’t miss about pregnancy.
I do miss..
- Being able to wear horizontal stripes, for the first time in my life, and thinking they made me look better
- Maternity leggings. God, they are awesome. That above the bump snugness! And always the right length too
- The pitching and rolling of the baby at about month seven, like a fish under the water, giddily gliding about with room to spare and joy in its heart
- The constant background excitement that whenever you’re alone with your partner – YOU’RE NOT REALLY ALONE! There’s three people in the room!
- Rubbing your big old tummy, and knowing it’s soothing you, and the baby (on this subject, did anyone else find that when the baby was born, it liked being soothed by being rubbed wherever you most commonly rubbed its body when it was still inside?)
I don’t miss..
- Heartburn during pregnancy! I’d never had it before, it just arrived during pregnancy right at the end. I also got terrible indigestion and was happy to find that there are some products suitable for pregnant women
- SPD – I’ve written about my SPD here, which was mild compared to some poor ladies’. Mild though it was, debilitating was the word I’d use to describe it’s effect. Luckily for me, it went almost the day after I gave birth
- Silly comments from strangers – my friend Gill over at A Baby on Board has written an excellent post on this – I would struggle to put it better myself
- Waiting. For test results. For the 20 weeks scan. For the right time to tell work. For the bus in the rain. For the irrational rage to subside when someone steals your parking space. Sigh
- Watching, most days, as someone you love slowly enjoys a lovely pint of cider/glass of red wine/wheel of brie/trolley of sushi
Good luck to anyone expecting at the moment, I think the good memories will outweigh the not so pleasant, especially once you have that baby in your arms.