Highs and Lows of Pregnancy

I have to say that overall, I really love being pregnant. It’s probably because I’ve had such an easy ride with it – no morning sickness, no food aversions or pregnancy mask or any of the other, weirder pregnancy symptoms. I’m not saying it’s all peachy perfect though, so I wanted to share my 5 highs and lows of pregnancy.

I’m starting with the lows, so I can end on a positive later šŸ˜‰

  1. Food restrictionsĀ – I have to say, the no alcohol thing hasn’t really bothered me at all. And while the food thing isn’t too bad as I know it’s what’s best for baby, I will admit there is one thing that I really miss, and that is eggs. Sure, I can still eat them if they’re cooked through, but who seriously wants to eat a hard yolk? I can’t wait to have a runny poached egg sandwich as soon as I’m able!
  2. Caffeine restrictions – Similarly, limiting my caffeine intake has been hard. Before pregnancy I drank a lot of coffee, especially on writing days. I know it was mostly habit rather than needing the boost, but it felt like a real part of my writing routine. It seems cruel having to limit your caffeine intake when pregnancy makes you so tired too. I pretty much cut coffee out completely as I thought that’d be easier than letting myself have a limited amount. I’ve been really good and only had 1 proper coffee since I’ve been pregnant (at Christmas, as a treat).
  3. The aches and painsĀ – I won’t lie: the further I go on, the more of these I’m getting. Pain in my back is probably the worst, along with aching feet too. I find it harder to walk a lot, especially at my usual kind of pace. I spent a couple of days Christmas shopping in Manchester and London and then the rest of the weekend recovering from the agony the walking caused. I do look forward to being able to walk like a normal person!
  4. Stretch marksĀ – Not in a superficial way, but man they are awful. I’ll probably post about this properly at some point but I have a fair few below my bump and sometimes they feel horrible. The skin can feel really tight and sore, a bit like sunburn sometimes, and it just adds to the overall discomfort.
  5. Baby talkĀ – I do sometimes get tired about talking about it all. That probably sounds a bit awful, but sometimes I just want to have conversations about other things. I find that family and colleagues tend to be very focused now – luckily my partner and friends can still talk about other things!

And now on to the positives šŸ™‚

  1. Baby talkĀ – definitely a pro sometimes too, as it means there’s always something to talk about. At our Christmas work do I was sat with strangers and the baby meant we had something to talk about, whereas otherwise I think I would have struggled for small talk.
  2. MovementsĀ – I really love feeling the baby moving inside me. It can be a bit bizarre at times – trying to concentrate on a conference call at work when you’re being kicked in the stomach isn’t always easy! – but I love knowing that the baby is alive and kicking in there. It’s also great that Nathan can feel it too and other as well: my mom and one of my sisters felt it kicking on Christmas Day and were really excited.
  3. Special treatment – I know that’s probably bad to say but I have enjoyed some of the perks of pregnancy. Whether it’s people making sure I get a seat on the train/tube, or my special chair at work (seriously it’s amazing, it has inflatable back support and everything!) I figure I might as well make the most of things while it lasts! I’m including having no periods in this too, as that’s pretty awesome.
  4. Body imageĀ – I feel like I’m more confident in my body at the moment, mostly because there’s no pressure to be thin. I don’t miss trying to hold my stomach in to look skinny, or worrying about eating too much. I am obviously trying to eat healthily for myself and the baby, but I’m also not letting myself go hungry, which I might have done a bit of in the past.
  5. NathanĀ  – a bit soppy but I just love the way he’s been about everything. I know he loves seeing my stomach growing with our child inside and he’s forever touching it. He talks to the bump and I think baby will definitely recognise his voice when it comes out. I knew he’d be brilliant about everything because he always is, but it’s so lovely to see still.

As I said, overall pregnancy has been an amazing experience for me, and it feels weird that it’ll be over soon. I feel like I’ve just gotten used to being pregnant, but I’m not quite ready for the idea that it’ll end soon, and we’ll have an actual baby instead. I guess I’ve still got a few weeks to get ready for it yet!

Related Post

4 Replies to “Highs and Lows of Pregnancy”

  1. First time around I wasn’t bothered by the caffeine thing at all but now I just want to drink Diet Coke all the time and I don’t even usually like it!! I find food the hardest part. As someone with severe anxiety and OCD I am so worried about all the things we aren’t supposed to have and most days I’m living off toast and crisps. Not good. I can’t wait til I can stop stressing about it all.

    Have you tried the Cussons Mum & Me bump cream? I can’t recommend it highly enough. I absolutely caked it on when I was pregnant with Elsa and my stomach is stretchmark free. I only ended up with a few tiny ones right under where my bump was so perhaps I missed that when I was applying it. They were so small that they’ve disappeared now though. So far, so good with this pregnancy too although I’m only 18 weeks at the moment so we will see. It definitely stops the itching too.

    1. I felt the same in the beginning – I was worried about eating anything in case it was bad, which meant I hardly anything, which was probably worse for me! I hope you manage to find the balance, it is hard when you’re getting so many mixed messages as well :/

      I’ll have to give that cream a go – think I got some as a gift from someone but haven’t tried it yet. It’s the itching that drives me mad, such a horrible feeling!

      Thanks for stopping by šŸ™‚

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge

This blog is kept spam free by WP-SpamFree.