13 truths about the first trimester that no-one tells you
I'm giving it to your straight......this is what really happens in the first three months of your pregnancy:
1. You will stand in front of the mirror naked and try and guess what you will look like when you’re 9 months pregnant. You may even get a pillow/scrunched up cardigan and shove it under your dress to complete the picture. You will then turn into an emotional wreck whilst you try to decide if you love or hate your pregnant body.
2. You will become a hermit. The thing with getting pregnant, is that for the first couple of months, you're likely to keep it to yourself. This means that when friends call you up suggesting a boozy night out, you have to find an excuse not to go, And teamed with pregnancy tiredness, you will probably find that the thought of going outside seems far less appealing that snuggling up in your PJ's and watching a good box set.
3. Your amazon orders will become uncontrollable. As if a girl needs an excuse to shop? But when you are pregnant and can't sleep due to the nerves/excitement of that little baby inside of you, I can guarantee you will turn you amazon. You will discover 'pregnancy things' that you never knew existed and that you will convince yourself you need IMMEDIATELY. Such as the THREE pregnancy pillows I bought, the 27 baby outfits I bought, and the 'C section pants' that promised to make your tummy look like normal after the birth. Baby brain also convinces you that amazon DOES NOT LIE and those C section past will literally save your life (FYI - they don't. The last thing you want to do after c section is pull on spanx type granny pants.)
4. You will read every pregnancy book going. Even Holly Willoughbys
5. Online communities will become your new obsession. I promised I wouldn't go there but I did. The second I found out I was pregnant I was on every 'pregnant mummy' app there was: MumsNet, BabyCenter, what 'fruit is your baby today'....seriously. It's madness. But at the same time it's strangely comforting. When you are up at 4am with morning sickness, you know there will be someone in one of your online communities who will be feeling the same - and because they are complete strangers you don't mind talking about the more disgusting aspects of pregnancy such as constipation and wee samples.
6. You will spend hours trying to work out how to conceal your bump. In those first couple of weeks, you will feel excited but also petrified about being pregnant. Everything you read will tell you that those first 12 weeks are the most 'dangerous' and it's 'safer' not to announce your pregnancy until you are past the three month mark 'just incase.' So, if your bump is starting to appear, you're going to want to hide it. Which means you have to find clothing that is still 'you' without looking like it's pregnancy clothing. My saviour: Waterfall cardigans. Just genius.
7. You will then hate every pregnancy piece of clothing you buy. When you do eventually decide to start buying pregnancy clothes, you will wait in eager anticipation for the courier to deliver them following your online shopping spree. The problem is: Pregnancy clothes are awful. I have literally never come cross a single pregnancy wardrobe that is stylish. Apparently, if you are pregnant, all fashion sense has to go out of the window and you are destined to live in H and M t-shirts and Toyshop pregnancy jeans.
The one light at the end of the tunnel? Pregnancy jeans are AMAZING. Amazing in that they will be the most comfortable thing you have ever worn and you may still be wearing them 6 months after you give birth (cough cough, I'm defiantly not still wearing mine, cough cough)
8. Medical advice varies hugely depending on what country you’re in (and this will drive you mad!) Did you know that the French don't sterilise? Here we are in the UK, buying every piece of sterilising equipment we can get our hands on, whereas the French simple put all baby gear in the dishwasher and are done with it. Same goes for blue cheese and wine. The french say 'yes' during pregnancy, the British say no. I know what nationality I'd rather be....
9. The exhaustion is unbearable. You will literally feel as if a twenty stone man is hanging off your eyelids.
10. You will google “how to find out the sex of your child” and then do every old wives take going, in secret, in your bedroom. After all, who wants to be caught dangling their wedding ring on a piece of string over their belly?
11. You’ll suddenly want to become best friends with any of your friends who are also pregnant. Even if you hated them before. It's a cold hard fact. Once you're pregnant you will become fascinated with everyone else who is also pregnant or who has had a baby, and you will want them to be your best friend immediately. Queue lots of instagram stalking and Facebook 'likes' under photos of their perfect family.
12. You’ll convince yourself you need EVERY baby product on the market. Even that double breast pumping bra. I kid you not. Even I fell for that one.
13. You’ll sometimes use your pregnancy as an excuse. Don't fancy staying out late at a boring colleagues dinner party? Want to reject that invite to visit your parents in law in the countryside. YOU NOW HAVE A VERY LEGITIMATE EXCUSE. Pull the 'morning sickness card', pretend you're 'so exhausted you need to be at home' or (the best tactic by far) just scream and shout and cry and then blame it on the pregnancy hormones. It will literally get you out of anything...;-)
What did you do during your first trimester that you think other mummies should know about? Let me know by commenting below!