31 Things Every Mum To Be Needs To Know About Pregnancy

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!

31 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 bras 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 camellia 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.

#21 The most stylish and affordable maternity wear can be found in Topshop, H&M and Asos.

#22 For more upmarket maternity wear Jo Jo Maman Bebe and Seraphine are a good place to start.

#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 makeover 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 won’t 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 firstborn.

#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!

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  1. April 20, 2017 / 11:18 pm

    These are exactly what I would say too… fab list.

    I could do with the urge to spring clean this week! … we moved house when I was 34 weeks pregnant so there was more than just a spring clean then haha xx

  2. April 24, 2017 / 7:43 am

    I recently found out that one of my friends is pregnant, it’s still very early so she’s yet to publicly announce it but I’ve just sent her the link to your post. So many great points which I’m sure she’ll find helpful #MarvMondays
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  3. April 24, 2017 / 7:50 am

    Good list! I couldn’t believe how often she used to hiccup, usually at 2am which was cute but rather uncomfortable lol #MarvMondays

  4. April 24, 2017 / 8:24 am

    I love this so much – nodded along the whole way through and can complete relate to so many of these xxx #marvmondays
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  5. April 24, 2017 / 8:57 am

    You missed a sad but important one… 1 in 4 pregnancies end naturally in miscarriage. I wish no one ever had to go through this but I also wish it wasn’t such a surprise, because it is so common. A fact you don’t learn until it’s you. Perhaps if we were more aware of this when we get our two blue lines, perhaps it would be easier to be mentally and physically prepared? It’s also very very wise to tell someone you are pregnant who can help you if the worst should happen. Raw topic for me at the moment. Loved your happier points. #marvmondays

  6. April 24, 2017 / 10:01 am

    I have to say I eagerly awaited most of these, but I had a twin pregnancy and it’s a WHOLE different ball game! Kept waiting for my lovely 2nd trimester but it was a horrible slog throughout. I am actually kinda looking forward to carrying a singleton as I hope I will get to enjoy things like pregnancy sex and cute maternity gear then haha!

    Totally agree with the 12 week secret. I had to tell people almost immediately because by week 5 I had hyperemesis and couldn’t work, and by week 7 I was showing!

    Fab post #marvmondays x

  7. April 24, 2017 / 10:08 am

    What a great list ! I was definitely one of the people that didn’t like people touching my bump ! #marvmondays

  8. April 24, 2017 / 11:24 am

    Great List.
    With the 40 weeks, my 1st went over 2 weeks so I ended up being pregnant for 42 weeks of the year. Haha.

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  9. April 24, 2017 / 2:41 pm

    This is a great post! I would add that if you have had fertility treatments it feels impossible NOT to tell anyone! Loved this list. #Marvmondays

  10. April 24, 2017 / 3:03 pm

    Baby hiccups are the weirdest feeling/sensation I’ve ever had! I miss it, but not the pregnancy bit – I had a terrible nine months of constant nausea and vomiting til I gave birth. No one ever tells you it could last the whole nine months, let alone affect your sleep. Not forgetting legs cramping! Do NOT miss that at all! Fab post for Mums-to-be.

  11. April 24, 2017 / 6:50 pm

    Ah this brought a lot back to me I had forgotten! My hair was amazing for a few months! But I never got the desire to nest at all!! I think hubby was disappointed!! Great post! #marvmondays
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  12. April 24, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    These are great for any first time Mummy – definitely going to book mark this to share. #marvmondays

  13. April 24, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    Ahhh man it takes me back ahhhh love it!!! I wonder if I will ever be preggers again?? Its such a weird, scary and wonderful thing. I get terribly sick with it and my hips and bum KILL!
    Id also add Babies and pregnancy never go to plan so just plan to go with the flow haha #marvmondays x

  14. April 24, 2017 / 8:59 pm

    Totally agree with every single one here! I really got out of breath in my third pregnancy – was awful! #MarvMondays
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  15. April 25, 2017 / 4:46 pm

    Great tips. I couldn’t have lived without my maternity pillow. I had spd so it really did come in handy #marvmondays
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  16. April 25, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    I wish #2 had been true for me, I felt rubbish the whole way through! #31 is my favourite point, it totally was worth it. I’m not sure if I wish I knew these things before I was pregnant or not – perhaps ignorance was bliss 🙂 #MarvMondays
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  17. April 25, 2017 / 8:58 pm

    I could not have lived without the pregnancy pillow!! I really struggled to keep the news quiet. Especially as we had an early scan and found out it was twins, I still wanted to wait until the 12 weeks and it was SO HARD! x #MarvMondays
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    • April 30, 2017 / 9:11 pm

      Oh my gosh, those first 12 weeks are so hard not to be able to tell anyone. When you are feeling so rough, especially on a work front its really hard to not be able to explain to people why you are all of a sudden tired and not as energetic as you once were!

    • April 30, 2017 / 9:09 pm

      Oh no way, two pregnancies without a pregnancy pillow! How did you survive?! At least you got one in the end 😉

    • April 30, 2017 / 9:09 pm

      Its funny how quickly you forget these things isnt it! I’d forgotten lots of things and its taken having a second baby to remember them all lol

    • April 30, 2017 / 9:08 pm

      Oh my gosh yes, you dont think you’re hormonal until you find yourself crying into a punnet of grapes in the fridge for no real reason, well in my case anyway lol!

    • April 30, 2017 / 9:06 pm

      Thanks lovely, those pregnancy pillows are definitely worth every penny!

  18. April 27, 2017 / 5:58 pm

    I hated the stabbing pains down there, it really was one of the worst parts of pregnancy. the best? the sex… seriously brilliant until i became too big and i was so worried id squash hubby with bump! #marvmondays

    • April 30, 2017 / 9:05 pm

      Yes and yes! Surprising on both points and the same both time rounds too – at least you know what to expect after the first 😉

  19. April 28, 2017 / 6:26 pm

    So many great points here!
    Congratulations to your friend! #MarvMondays
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    • April 30, 2017 / 9:03 pm

      Thanks lovely, I just thought it might be a better to way to share everything that to bombard her all at once!

  20. April 30, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    Great list. I was sick for the first 4 months with my first, but for the full 9 months with my second. I don’t know what I’d have done without my mom.

    • April 30, 2017 / 8:59 pm

      Wow, thats a long time, you must have been really unwell you poor thing! Those first few months are really tough for us all 🙁

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