Pregnancy behaviour for 1st timers

May 22, 2017

As this was my first pregnancy, I took the liberty of listing certain 'pregnancy behaviours' I encountered during my pregnancy. Do any of them sound familiar to you?

1. At the beginning of pregnancy I couldn't wait to get the 'pregnancy bump' look. I couldn't wait to start showing that I started wearing tight fitting clothes very early on waiting for the acknowledgement from society for someone to offer me their seat on the train. Unfortunately for me, it took a while for me to 'look' pregnant as I just looked fat at the beginning! My bump didn't really start to show until around 19/20 weeks.

2. Each week when I would be another week preggers, I would google women's baby bumps and compare my bump size. In reality, we are all so different no size is right or wrong, I was just intrigued.

3. Rennies became my best friend - I had a stash EVERYWHERE! In the car, in my handbag, bedside table, kitchen cupboard, bathroom.

4. Telling yourself you are going to be so healthy and not going to be one of those mums who pile on the weight! If you sussed out how to do this, then please let me know! It's bull shit and in my eyes impossible, I craved no such thing as vegetables or fruit - my baby wanted the good stuff like bread, sausage rolls and bacon sarnies.

5. Each week religiously reading up on your babies progression on baby apps. The app I used was ovia. Every week I would look forward to reading my update and how big my baby has grown with the comparisons to vegetables and fruit. I actually got to a point where I was guessing what fruit it was going to be compared to next.

6. There was a point in my life where I would check out shoes and bags on women, now I'm all about the prams and nappy bags. checking out other people's wheels as they walk by in the street. I went for a silver cross in the end.

7. EMOSH beyond belief. I found myself having a tear over silly TV adverts. I once nearly cried because I missed my train by 2 seconds - pathetic but true story!

8. At times I found myself being completely unreasonable with my hubby, stubborn and completely over the top and irrational. In that moment you know you are being all those things and completely aware of it, your partner knows it too but yet you still have no control over it and continue to do so. Bless my husband, he was in a no-win situation.

9. Poking baby to kick like it is performing monkey. My baby was always shy at performing on demand, as soon as I put my hand or hubby's hand on the belly it would stop moving, or got my phone out to film the movement it would stop like it knew it was being watched. it was typical that as soon as you stopped it would do a double backflip or something.

10. At around 30 weeks onwards, I noticed that I was waking up in the middle of the night around 3 am - every night without fail! How bizarre is this? My mum said it's my body's way of telling me the baby will be born around this time - (baby was actually born around 3 pm during the day.)

11. Nesting is a real thing! I found myself wanting to get up at silly hours in the night and clean my kitchen cupboards. bizarre behaviour - like my unborn child cares about the kitchen cupboards, but something does come over you and wants to ensure your house is fully clean and prepared for the new arrival. My nesting urges didn't come until about 32 weeks onwards.

12. Baby brain is also a real thing! I once locked myself in my house and was late for work because I couldn't find my keys - hours later I found them, in the cutlery drawer?!? I obviously left them on the side and accidentally put them in the drawer when I was cleaning.What a wholly!


13. At the beginning I read up on how to get organised for your babies arrival - I read that loads of 'mum's to be' pre-cooked meals and had frozen them so they didn't have to worry about cooking for the first couple of weeks with a newborn. I made a list of what meals I would prepare. Looking back, it's actually laughable to think I could actually be that organised to do this!! this never happened - I wish it did, but it didn't!


Sharlene

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