When a good friend announced her first pregnancy earlier this week I was beyond excited for her. That excitement was quickly followed by an insatiable desire to tell her literally everything I know about pregnancy, ever.
The poor thing was probably overwhelmed with all the information and tips I was throwing at her so I thought I’d write this post for her and all the other new mums to be. A light hearted, tongue in cheek, but super honest look at the joys of pregnancy.
40 weeks months can feel like a long time, and yet it can also fly by so I hope you find some ways to enjoy and make the most of this incredible time whether you’re expecting your first or your third baby!
30 things every mum to be needs to know about pregnancy
#1 Keeping your pregnancy a secret for the first 12 weeks when you actually feel the worst makes its one of the hardest secrets to have to keep.
#2 You’ll feel like crap for the first trimester, amazing the second trimester and fed up by the third trimester.
#3 Everything you are probably feeling at the moment, every discomfort, weird ache and change to your body is probably normal and healthy.
#4 Morning sickness can happen at any time of the day, and for some women they may just feel sick whereas others may actually be sick.
#5 Some women can experience morning sickness just in their first trimester whereas others can experience it for all, or most of their pregnancy.
#6 Get a pregnancy pillow as soon as you start to feel uncomfortable in bed, they really do help.
#7 Invest in a good nursing bra as soon as you feel you need one. Bravado nursing bra’s are amazing and worth every single penny.
#8 Invest in some good pregnancy bump oil or cream to minimise stretch marks. I swear by Aveda’s Japanese camelia oil which is totally worth the splurge.
#9 40 weeks of pregnancy is actually longer than the 9 months everyone talks about, which is kind of annoying if you only realise it later into your pregnancy.
#10 You’ll need to pee frequently.
#11 You’ll get out of breath really easily and quickly.
#12 You will be hungry all the time, especially late at night. Midnight snacks actually become a thing in pregnancy.
#13 Your stomach and your back will get itchy as your skin stretches and grows with your bump. Mama Mio tummy rub cream is actually like magic as it instantly stops any itching. Definitely make sure you invest in a tub (or two!).
#14 Pregnancy sex can be pretty amazing once you get past the part where you feel awful.
#15 You may experience some of your best hair days ever, as your hair becomes thicker because it stops shedding. Great during pregnancy, not so great post pregnancy when it sheds more than usual to make up for the lack of shedding during pregnancy.
#16 Feeling your baby kick is literally the best feeling in the world.
#17 Followed by feeling your baby hiccup.
#18 Thrush is the worst, but surprisingly common during pregnancy.
#19 Some of us lucky ladies get to experience weird stabbing pains in our lady bits when we are pregnant called lightning crotch. No one seems to know why they happen during pregnancy, but they do.
#20 Maternity clothes may be unattractive, but they are so much more comfortable. Definitely invest in a few key pieces for your wardrobe early on to get the most from them. Jeans, tights (for autumn/winter) and a good nursing bra are a must.
#23 Two books that will see you through your pregnancy and help you feel informed, in control and relaxed are What To Expect When You’re Expecting and Mindful Hypnobirthing. I swear by them and recommend them to all my expecting friends.
#24 At some point, usually towards the end of your pregnancy you’ll suddenly feel compelled on embarking on a spring cleaning frenzy or home make over project in a bid to get everything ready and ship shape for your new arrival.
#25 Not everyone gets cravings, but if they do they can change from week to week and month to month.
#26 You may get weirded out by people touching your bump. Some people don’t mind it, some people hate it.
#27 When people ask you if you want a boy or a girl and you reply that the most import thing is that they are healthy, you genuinely mean it.
#28 You wont be able to help but obsesses about what/who they are going to look like.
#29 Baby names are really hard to choose unless you already had names picked out before you got pregnant.
#30 Babies look really squashed when they are first born.
#31 Pregnancy and birth, all 280 days and 40 weeks of it are totally worth it.
Did I miss anything? Let me know if there’s anything you’d add to this list in the comments below!
If you fancy reading about the things that people don’t tell you about life after birth, make sure you read my post on the truth about 4th trimester!