You’re thinking about getting pregnant and you decide to go to your doctor and get some advice. You tell him your concerns and worries, you listen to his wise words and you vow to start eating healthily, sleeping more and stressing less. Then you mention you’ve been feeling a bit run-down, a bit tired, maybe you’re anaemic? So you get a full MOT – all the bloods, all the tests and a prescription for supplements.
You decide to treat yourself to a slice of cake and a coffee and feel calm – you’ve finally ticked that important thing off your “to-do” list. You head back to the office, get stuck into work and the doctor calls 2 hours later and asks if you’re “sitting down”. Because the results came back and YOU’RE PREGNANT.
“WTFFFF? AMAZING. SO EXCITING. CAN’T BELIEVE IT.”
“OH CRAP, I DIDN’T THINK IT WOULD BE SO SOON. OH NO. I DON’T HAVE A HOUSE. I’M SELF EMPLOYED.”
“I’M NOT GROWN UP ENOUGH TO LOOK AFTER A CHILD.”
These are just some of the thoughts that ran through my mind. Overwhelming joy and gratitude, excitement…but also panic, confusion and anxiety.
You think you’re going to do things in stages – get married, buy a house, start a family…but in today’s turbulent economy, things just aren’t as straightforward. We are the first generation that will be less well off than the previous generation. And that’s a pretty terrifying thing to think about when you’re bringing a new person into the world.
So, in an attempt to deal with both the growing delights and the very real challenges of being (slightly-unexpectedly) pregnant, I’ll be documenting parts of the journey.
The good: a BABY! An actual BABY! And stretchy waistbands.
The bad: pregnancy acne. And stretchy waistbands.
The weird: strangers touching your bump and unwelcome food cravings (Mc Donald’s double-cheeseburgers*)
*Disclaimer: not sure if that craving is strictly pregnancy-related.
Image – Elle Magazine