The five things they DON’T tell you …
Everyone seems to be offering advice or opinions since I have been pregnant. It’s all the stuff about the good, bad and the ugly sides of pregnancy and parenting. Some I take on board, some I just ignore, and some I just think – are you for real!?!
But there’s also quite a few things they don’t tell you, which you should be told about. You definitely should be told about. So here they are…
Sleepless nights start LONG before the baby is born
Even if you’re not up every five minutes needing the toilet, you still won’t be able to sleep. In the very early days it may be because your mind is in overdrive. As the pregnancy develops you just can’t get comfy, or your legs ache or you’ll have some other affliction that stops you from sleeping. It’s all part of the preparation apparently….
Pregnancy is like a detox
I’ve never been so healthy. I get pregnant so I quit smoking. I quit drinking red wine like it’s a cup of tea. I drink two litres of water a day. I walk a few miles every day … okay, that last one I did anyway (that’s one of the perks of dog ownership). I eat so much healthier. My skin is great. This is one of the best perks of being pregnant.
Support stockings are life savers
I put up with WEEKS of having terrible leg cramp and achy legs. Weeks! I was in pain. Proper pain. Then my partner decided to invest in a couple of pairs of compression socks [http://www.boots.com/en/Boots-Flight-Socks-Compression-Factor-14-17_7782/], like the ones you get for long flights. Wear them at night or when you’re still long periods of time, and voila, your leg problems are solved – well vastly improved anyway!
Clothes shopping becomes horrendous
When you first need to get some bigger clothes, and start with the maternity section, you will HATE it. It takes time to understand how to dress your new shape but stay true to yourself. It’s not as bad as it once was, things are improving. Sites like The Bump Wear Project [http://bumpwearproject.com] are helping.
Rennie may become your best friend
I’d never had heartburn before I was pregnant, so when I did start getting it, I wasn’t even sure what it was. It got worse, and I tried some remedies that people had suggested. They didn’t work, so I just assumed it was just something I had to deal with. Then a friend gave me a packet of Rennies [http://www.boots.com/en/Rennie-Fruit-64-Tablets_1890/]. They worked instantly. I fear I am developing an addiction to them!
So that’s it, that’s the first five that popped in to my head. But I know there are more. Lot’s more!
Let us know what you think by adding your comments below…
This post has been submitted by Claire Chaplin, founder of The Bump Wear Project [http://bumpwearproject.com], a website which is letting all the pregnant people out there, that you can rock your bump! So if you are pregnant or know someone who is, pop over to The Bump Wear Project [http://bumpwearproject.com] and say hello…