My First pregnancy
Even though my husband and I had planned to have children, when I found out I was pregnant we were definitely in a state of shock and disbelief that it was actually happening! Suddenly the idea of welcoming our own baby became very real for us.
As well as feeling excited I was also very very nervous. What if something went wrong? Miscarriage is something that isn’t openly talked about despite it affecting so many women. But I stopped drinking alcohol, took a daily pregnancy multivitamin and tried to reassure myself that I was doing everything I could for a healthy pregnancy.
When I was only 6 weeks pregnant I was feeling great. “Lucky me” I thought, “I might not get any morning sickness after all!”. Well – that didn’t last long. I now understand why everyone who has ever experienced morning sickness says that it should really be re-named “all day sickness”. It is exhausting feeling so ill for such a long time.
Luckily for me, Baldivis Family Medical Centre had not yet opened so I was able to rest at home and not venture out into the real world if I didn’t absolutely have to. My sickness lasted into my 27th week, but I know some women experience sickness the entire way through their pregnancy. My heart goes out to them!
I also quickly realised how DIFFICULT it was going to be to keep my pregnancy a secret in the earlier weeks. There is only so many times you can use excuses like “I’ve just got a bit of a tummy bug” or “No thanks, no glass of wine for me – I’m driving”!!. But, as difficult as it was to keep a secret, it was equally exciting to finally announce to family and friends. As soon as we shared our news with the world the time started flying by…40 weeks really doesn’t seem long enough to get everything ready sometimes. As this is my first baby I really have no idea of what I need or how much of everything I need to get – but at least it’s an exciting excuse for going shopping! Luckily I have some close friends who have recently had their first babies and they have been very patient with me and answering my millions of silly questions that every new mother wonders.
Now that I am in my third trimester it seems like the baby will be here before I know it. I must say that I definitely recommend getting those”bigger” ticket items like the baby furniture organised well before you are due – it is much easier when you aren’t as big as the furniture is!
I’m now also trying to slow myself down a bit. so that I can enjoy each day that I have left of being pregnant and appreciate all of the free time I currently have as I know that will soon be a thing of the past.
It won’t be long and our quiet little house of two will become a rather noisy house of three.
But to be totally honest I would not change this wonderful, exciting and terrifying ride for anyone