Blogger Alice Spake, is in her third trimester so had kindly shared with us some of her good and bad expereinces whilst being pregnant!
It seems like yesterday we announced my pregnancy but no sooner were the first scan photos shown, we've blinked and I'm fast approaching the final trimester. Pregnancy has been pretty kind to me; and here's hoping it stays that way! One thing that I have noticed from talking with pregnant friends and from seeing myself is how other people react to your pregnancy and expanding bump so here are 8 Things that happen when you get pregnant...
Your body changes... a lot!
Everything has changed from my skin type to my hair, hands to my feet and of course my belly. My feet have gone up a size so flip flops are my new choice of foot wear, my boobs have taken on a mind of their own and for a usually small boobed lady, I have no idea where to put them and this is before my milk has come in! The biggest change of course is my bump, it just appeared one morning and has been throwing me off balance ever since but boy is it lovely to see.
You will Google everything
And really, you shouldn't. Googling pregnancy symptoms is much like Googling your medical problems when you have the sniffles, it throws up all sorts of problems. I search week-by-week updates and that's about it. Stick to trusted websites, apps and books and if you are really concerned about anything or speak to your midwife.
You start hanging around in book shops
I waited until I had my dating scan before buying any books just in case, but I did find myself hanging around the parenting section on more than one occasion. There are so many options available and before you know it, you're signed up to a Waterstones account and have a trusty bag for life full of books that then end up collecting dust for weeks on end. I promise I will read one soon!
Food is everything
Cravings are a barrel of laughs and your appetite is about to get a bit weird. From those sour sweets, you usually hate, to fizzy drinks and random bowls of broccoli, if those cravings get you, fulfil them! I make sure I get my fruit and veg fix every day but if I fancy Drumstick Squashies or a bowl of ice cream, I'm going to satisfy those cravings especially on those teary days.
Everyone will have an opinion on your bump
My bump has really begun to stick out the last few weeks and I love it but many people, whether family, friends or strangers seem to have an opinion. According to measurements, my bump is the perfect size for my stage of pregnancy but all I hear is "Are you sure you're not having twins?" and "Wow your bump is big". I personally find it offensive, I don't go around commenting on other people's bellies so be prepared, grow a thick skin or be ready for a witty comeback which is my choice of response.
Maternity clothes suckNot all maternity clothes, but most. I have tried numerous brands and have come to the conclusion they all think pregnant women wear stripes or florals and if they fit the bump, more often than not they don't fit the boobs. I've been buying a few sizes up from my fave brands to fit my bubba in clothes comfortably and if in doubt, the basic maternity range from ASOS is pretty good.
"But I'm pregnant" becomes your whine of choice to get your way
I will be the first to admit that I use this a little too much for my benefit, but hey it's a good excuse and I only have nine months to use it! Don't want to make another cup of tea? Can't be bothered to cook dinner? Just want some attention? Just whack out the "But I'm Pregnant" line. I always thought to myself that I wouldn't use it too much but the bigger you get, the more tired you are and soon it becomes your favourite saying.
You'll experience some blasts from the past
When we announced our engagement, we had a few surprise messages from people that were no longer in our lives but this goes next level when you announce your pregnancy. People from silly school feuds appeared along with distance exes which was all very weird. We shot off a thank you message and left it at that. Politeness never costs anything!