So, I’m pregnant.
A word of advice: If you are planning ever to use this phrase, be aware that its utterance is usually followed by screams and hugs and altogether too much commotion for a sensitive soul like mine, so use it sparingly or preferably in small groups. I actually prefer the phrase ‘So, I am being an oven’ but some people find that confusing.
Basically so far being an oven has just consisted of a lot of peeing, a lot of feeling sick but not actually being sick, and a lot of waiting around to see if anything else is going to happen. (Early on it also involved lots of keeping a secret, which was not my strong suit and consisted of me telling at least one new person every 1-2 days.)
Nobody tells you how boring the first trimester is, just waiting and waiting and waiting and the baby is growing magnificently but at the same time it is growing so incredibly slowly that I often wonder if perhaps I have imagined the whole pregnancy and I will have to awkwardly un-tell all of those people I accidentially-on-purpose told in the first 2 weeks after I found out.
Anyway. My main experiences of pregnancy so far:
1. There is a possibility that while pregnant you will start punching your partner in the face during sleep. I’m not sure if this is some subconscious ‘you did this to me!’ thing, or just a result of not being able to find a comfortable sleeping position and subsequently taking over the entire bed, including said partners face space. A maternity pillow did help with this development, stat: 2 out of 3 nights survived without face punch! Success.
2. Also: partner will then want their own maternity pillow. I said no.
3. As mentioned above, there seems to be a lot of 3am peeing involved in being pregnant. I’m not sure why 3am. I was always one of those people who occasionally woke up needing to pee at 3am and would just cross my legs and scrunch my eyes shut and go back to sleep because who wants to wander around the house in the dark at 3am?! Sadly this does not appear to be a conducive strategy for pregnancy peeing. Stat: crashing into things only 2 out of 3 nights: success.
4. I started off being super paranoid about foods and what to eat and what not to eat. I probably shouldn’t have read the entire internets opinions on what will definitely, 100 per cent, most likely, possibly, theres a chance, make you slightly sick. I started off despairing that I couldn’t eat anything at all, which for anyone that knows me was a major blow. But gradually I have given up on that and now just sticking to no alcohol and soft cheeses (and unwashed lettuce. And definitely not sausages. And also I should basically just be a vegetarian because any meat that hasn’t just come steaming off the hotplate should NOT be eaten, ever. ) sigh. Yesterday I ate pizza for lunch AND dinner and noone will tell me off because guess what? I’m an oven. Haha!
5. Also, speaking of foods. Anybody that knows me will tell you that there is a 9/10 chance that at any given food-serving place I will locate the burger on the menu in under 3 seconds and order immediately. I lied, its actually a 10/10 chance. When I got a job at a burger place which involved free burgers, my family and friends gushed over how perfect a job for me it was. So it was somewhat shocking to me that one of the things that makes me feel the sickest is the thought of my beloved burgers. It is true people, once you are pregnant you are purely a ‘host’ to your baby’s desires. My desire to eat only burgers forever and ever amen is on the backburner whilst I eat chicken, and some more chicken instead. Sad face.
6. It is worth noting that being pregnant is the greatest cover up for your fat, ever. A few people have found out I am pregnant and said ‘oh yes, I can see you are showing a bit’ and depending on the intimacy of the acquaintance I have either smiled and said nothing, or said ‘no, that’s actually just my fat!’. I’m not entirely sure what is actual baby and what is food baby, but I do look forward to when it becomes more clear!
My favourite thing about being pregnant though is that there is a baby growing inside me, somewhere in there. A freaking baby! It is magical and wondrous and I love reading each week how big it is and how it has now lost its tail, and is growing a spine. It will no longer get teased. I hope the baby is comfortable and doesn’t have too many complaints. I have tried to feed it some fruits and vegetables even though they are not my fave, so hopefully its getting the nutrients it needs.
It is frustrating that there is still like 5-6 months to go, but luckily the years are whipping past and its 2016 already! And soon enough I will have a teenager and wonder where all the years went. So I suppose it’s alright if it takes a while longer now.