Getting pregnant was something exciting, anticipated and very much desired. It took some time and effort, endless worries that only grew with time but in the end it was all worth it.Looking forward there is a long journey ahead of me that I cannot wait for despite inevitable lifestyle changes that I’m trying to predict and manage. I know it’s unrealistic but keeping the good spirits up tend to quite essential skill to have while I’m pregnant. Here is my brief overview of the past seven months complimented by few entertaining stories involving travel, dealing with friends and general logistics.
Since I had nothing else to compare, this first trimester was full of all types of excitement. The first baby scan was really a pivotal moment since your new world as a parent materialize. The image of that little human moving and kicking inside of you really changes your whole perspective on life and life goals. Before the scan all you feel is constant urge to nap and exhaustion, all day “morning sickness”, bloating, raging hormones and general sense of insecurity (am I doing it right, is this normal or what exactly should be happening next ???). There are many unanswered questions with answers that tend to come much later in time so try to be patient or at least try. Also the internet is cruel space filled with tragic stories of women seeking comfort. It is important to understand that their story is not your story and it does not mean same is going to happen to you. Keep doing what you are doing and block all negativity. During my first trimester we moved house, travelled to Thailand and I managed to gain whole 5kg. Moving house was stressful and very antagonizing experience that I refused to repeat in the next year. Travelling to Thailand felt exciting at the time but was very tiring. I did not dare to try all the wired looking dishes prepared by the side of the road, which I normally would or managed to walk around exploring cities and places for hours. Gaining quite some weight was also not a pleasant experience since the weather during our trip was hot, humid and very much bikini appropriate.
This was period of time where some of my burning questions were answered and many worries were put to bed. First kicks and listening to baby’s heartbeat was very joyful experience and served as a reassuring sign that the little human inside of me is growing and already complaining about my life choices. Finding out the sex of the baby was also trilling and almost life defining experience that shaped my new shopping patterns and dreams for the future. Talking to other pregnant women is always helpful and very reassuring since you realize that you are not alone. Weight gain slowed down to a reasonable paste, the constant feeling of nausea disappeared and at last the only concern i had was finding comfortable position to sleep. Pregnancy pillows are a bit of a gimmick but in all cases worth a try. Reading number of books also helped a lot to get into the right frame of mind. Monitoring the baby’s growth week by week and educating myself on the potential dangers and signs for things going wrong is always great but i try not to get really obsessive over it just for my own scanty .
My belly together with other parts of the body continue to glow out of proportion. Now I’m finally recognized as the moody pregnant women that needs slightly more attention. At this point in the pregnancy there is nothing wrong about asking to be served first, making people to carry heavy stuff for you or being slightly more fussy about undercooked ingredients served in restaurants. Gradually I started to feel more and more tired and walking long distances (over 20 minutes) becomes physically impossible. Im sure towards the end of my pregnancy there will snails passing faster In addition occasional swelling of fingers and feet seems quite normal. Recently I started to collect all bits and bobs for the baby including clothes, furniture and toys. Planning a whole new wardrobe for a tiny person is very entertaining since there is nobody to object if you want to match fuchsia top with lime green bottom. Baby Gap is a great place to find quality clothes with cute designs. At 32 weeks I continue my journey and anticipating meeting the little creature that loves to vigorously kick at 7am, 3pm, 5pm, and 10pm. Not a morning person I suppose unlike its mother…