Pregnancy is an eye-opening time. From physical changes, to emotional joy and tears, it has been an educational experience in many ways.
Already life now seems different to before (‘Just you wait until baby is born!’ I can almost hear you say), so I have started to compile a list of ‘things I have learned during pregnancy’:
Comments and behaviours that would normally be rude, hurtful or unacceptable are suddenly allowed. Apparently.
Particular ‘favourites’ thus far include being told: ‘Camille, you’re waddling’, ‘You have turned into a right unit’ and ‘Cor blimey girl, you’ve blown up like balloon’. Now, I may be more than six months pregnant but I wasn’t aware that gave anyone licence to liken me to Violet Beauregarde from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, however, it seems I was wrong.
While attracting inconsiderate comments, a visible baby bump can come in handy at times. Think being called over to the fast-track security queue at Stansted Airport, or being given a whole row of seats to yourself on an aeroplane. Two recent unexpected pregnancy bonuses!
Baby bumps can also get in the way. The classic example is returning to your car to find someone has parked inconsiderately close and getting back inside either involves getting in the passenger side and climbing over the gearstick and handbrake, or breathing in and squeezing between two cars (likely to make your clothing slightly grubby in the process).
Speaking of breathing in, when wearing swimwear on holiday it is impossible not to do what one has always done in the past, namely holding in one’s stomach. Such activities are fruitless at this stage of pregnancy as the once visible ribs, abs and hip bones are long gone and no amount of breathing in will reveal them.
As the weeks advance say goodbye to your ankles and hello to swollen feet and ‘cankles’! You might, however, say hello to pins and needles in your hands at night, heartburn, bleeding gums, and a long list of other pregnancy niggles.
But also say hello to glowing skin, shiny hair, a warm feeling of wellbeing and the knowledge that every pregnancy drawback and niggle will lead to a much yearned for son or daughter before too long. Roll on August!