Pregnancy problems I never expected

I’ve had (touch wood!) a really good pregnancy so far, actually. But I’ve still had a few weird pregnancy problems that I would never, ever have expected. No book that I’ve read (and I’ve read a few!) has mentioned any of these ones!

Once you’ve got that positive test, taking pregnancy tests is addictive. I took three of the fancy ones and then about 10 cheap ones off Amazon. I only stopped because I ran out. Oh, and then I bought one of the very posh digital ones and took that too. Honestly, I’d still be doing it if I wouldn’t get weird looks buying them with a huge belly!

When you do the washing up, your bump gets very wet. And cold. And at first you can’t tell, because, well, it’s just a bit of a splash and it’s warm water at the time. But then it’s two hours later and your jumper, your maternity vest and the big stretchy jersey waistband of your maternity jeans are all still damp and your belly is still cold. Lovely.

Rabbits getting too close - the least of all pregnancy problems!Baby will kick. You know that. But did you know that baby can kick things outside as well? If I have my laptop tray on my lap, kick! If I sit too close to my desk at work, kick! Sometimes cuddly rabbits get a little tap from the baby as well. They usually nudge back – that’s rather sweet, actually.

You will need the loo a lot. Again, not a surprise. But did you know this bit? Sometimes you think you kind of need the loo while you’re sitting or lying down, and then you get up and this big baby head falls down right into your bladder and you have to run like mad to make it there in time. No one ever told me that!

And, on that note, I have been known to leave the bathroom and immediately turn back round to pee again. Infinite loop of loo.

You may forget that the bump is there. I bash into things a lot these days. It’s particularly tricky as we’re doing so much moving of furniture lately so things are always in different places! But I keep on forgetting that my body is a different shape and I need to leave room for this belly to go ahead of me.

Nightmares. Some are awful. I still can’t talk about the worst one I had in early pregnancy, but suffice it to say that it had me running down the stairs at 1am to cuddle Gingee while I wailed and promised him I’d always, always, always take good care of him. He’s a very patient rabbit, fortunately. The nightmares mainly stopped around week 12 or so for me, thankfully.

Colleagues and friends who’ve never been pregnant will be terrified of your moving belly. Not going to lie, sometimes I am too. It looks freaky. Alien-like. As pregnancy problems go, that one’s kind of fun though – I like freaking people out.

People you don’t really know will ask you weirdly personal questions. I see you once a month at work meetings and you want to talk about perineal massage? Really? Let’s not. I was prepared for the strangers trying to have a feel of the belly, but not the acquaintances who suddenly want to talk about my ladyparts.

Maternity clothes do not always fit all the way to the end. Sometimes you can size up and they still won’t. (Hi, H&M!) Don’t blame the belly 100% of the time. Your chest deserves some credit too.

Your one pair of comfortable shoes will start to smell bad because you wear them every single day. You may decide you don’t care and move full time into wearing Birkenstocks, even to work.

(Please note: I do know that none of these are true pregnancy problems, and I’m very lucky to have had such an easy pregnancy – I’ve heard them referred to as “unicorn pregnancies”. In general, it’s pretty good. Nice blood pressure, no bleeding, not too much pain, nausea mostly gone now… all good things! Of course, I’m only 30 weeks pregnant. I don’t want to tempt fate!)

It’s not just me, is it? What are your weirdest pregnancy problems?

What I didn’t expect about being pregnant

16 week scan - a bonus from the scary pregnancy moment!

I had all these ideas about how being pregnant would be. I think everyone does.

Me and my pregnant belly

How I was going to be as a pregnant lady

  • I was going to announce it to my husband in a really wonderful and romantic way.
  • I’d be this amazing earth mother type. Every meal would be home-cooked and meticulously planned to optimise the nutrition that a growing baby could possibly need.
  • Baby would have a name from the start. One of my favourites, obviously, as a life-long name nerd.
  • The house would be in immaculate shape from early on.
  • We’d take belly pictures every week, talk to baby all the time, write letters… the whole thing. This would be the most bonded-with baby in the history of babies.

How I actually am as a pregnant lady

Hahahahaha. No.

I mean, some of it has worked out. We’ve remembered to take bump photo most weeks from week 19 onwards – I think we missed 24 and 28, but we did week 29’s today, in fact. See above!

But, on the other hand, most of these haven’t happened.

I took a pregnancy test in the half-light at 6am on a Thursday morning and saw the faintest of faint second lines. I woke my husband up by thrusting the stick in his face and demanding to know if he could see a line as well. We shone a torch on the test for a few minutes before deciding, yes, probably. I took a second test to back it up that afternoon, in a Holiday Inn 200 miles from home because I was working away that night. Romantic, huh?

I’m probably as far away from Earth Mother as we can get right now. For about 16 weeks, all I could eat was cheese sandwiches and Fab ice lollies. Hardly optimal nutrition! I forget to take my pregnancy vitamin quite often.

It’s weird to feel so out of control in your own body. I’m used to being really supple and energetic – I used to take two or three ballet classes a week, for heaven’s sake. Now I can’t pick up a piece of paper that I’ve dropped on the floor, and cleaning the bathroom means I need to lie down for the afternoon. I feel a bit disabled by the stuff that I can’t do. I used to drive hundreds of miles regularly, but a trip to see some friends last weekend had me exhausted until Wednesday.

30 weeks pregnant tomorrow and we still call baby Shroody. It comes from Schrodinger, because before we’d taken the test, it was Schrodinger’s Baby. Then it stuck. It feels like we’re further away from having a name now than we were ten weeks ago! It’s oddly upsetting to me at times. I just want to know who baby is, and I feel like knowing the name would help.

The house is a mess. It turns out that being debilitatingly nauseous for four months means that cleaning is just a pipe dream, and even though I’m much better now, we’re still playing catch up. No, the baby’s room is not ready. Not even close! We are getting a new dishwasher on Thursday though, so that’s exciting.

We do talk to baby and we do take photos sometimes, but we’ve not really done the whole pregnancy journal thing. I’ve started a new bullet journal just for baby stuff in the hope that I can get something together, because my parents kept a lot of pregnancy information from when they were having me and it’s been pretty awesome to read through. Not journals or anything, but medical notes, adverts, that sort of thing – it’s kind of cool to see how things have changed!

There’s still a lot I want to experience during pregnancy – it’s going too fast now! I can’t believe there’s only 10 weeks or so to go. How do I slow time down a bit?!

I can’t be alone in feeling completely different during pregnancy than planned, right? What’s it like for you?

 

Pregnancy books for the neurotic

I’m a bookworm, always have been. So naturally, in lead up to taking a pregnancy test, I filled my Amazon basket with pregnancy books, ready to pull the trigger if and when we saw that second line.

Well, we got the second line, and within a few hours I’d placed my order!

I’m an anxious person and always a bit wary of the unknown, but some of these have helped me. I’ve included Amazon links.

What to Expect When You’re Expecting, by Heidi Murkoff

I think this is my husband’s favourite of the pregnancy books – in fact, I think it’s currently over on his side of the bed! Whenever I’m feeling something that’s not great (whether it’s an emotion or a pain), he’ll ask if we should get the book out. He always means this one, and, to be honest, we’re always reassured.

A lot of people describe this book as “scare-mongering” – I’ve even found articles in the New York Times about it! But we’ve found it actually to be the opposite. We didn’t read it cover to cover, but instead have dipped in and out as necessary. It’s got a really comprehensive index, and I like that you can look up pretty much every symptom under the sun and find it in there.

What to Eat When You’re Pregnant and Vegetarian, by Dr Rana Conway

This book is great. I love the meal plans and the explanations of what exactly each nutrient does. To be honest, I think it should be mandatory reading for non-pregnant vegetarians as well.

I had such great ideas of the meals we were going to have to ensure baby got all the necessary nutrients. However, within about a week of reading it, I was struck down with constant nausea that meant I couldn’t eat anything but cheese sandwiches for four months. So, yeah. A great book, but it hasn’t been a brilliant success in my life, I’m afraid!

I will say that, even without having the best pregnancy (or pre-pregnancy, let’s be honest!) diet, baby appears to be thriving. It’s made mostly of sandwiches, apple pies and rice krispies, but it’s active and on track. My new motto is, keep on eating and drinking something, take pregnancy vitamins if you can, and chances are baby will be okay.

Mindful Hypnobirthing, by Sophie Fletcher

My favourite of the pregnancy books: Mindful Hypnobirthing

I think this is my favourite of the pregnancy books. I was getting more and more anxious about the idea of birth, and not being in control, and life in general, to be honest. It was still early enough that I hadn’t contacted anyone about birthing classes, but I was still starting to worry a fair bit.

I did a bit of reading around and found the idea of hypnobirthing quite pleasant. It’s not saying that everything will go perfectly which is pretty important to me. I’m a bit of a control freak.

The breathing exercises and mindfulness exercises are good. I’m finding them rather helpful outside of birth, to be honest. It was good for getting through my last blood test (pregnancy is a great time to develop a fear of needles!), and honestly, the slow breathing is helping with my occasionally spasming back. (Pregnancy is so much fun!)

As you can see, I’m making my way through the book and making plenty of notes. I’m maybe approaching this in a slightly too academic fashion!

We shall see whether I’m able to actually use the tools on the day, but I’m feeling more confident, anyway.

The Expectant Dad’s Survival Guide, by Rob Kemp

Pregnancy books for men mostly seem really macho and this seemed to be an exception. I’ve not read this one (it was for my husband, obviously) but he enjoyed it! He did keep on coming up with product recommendations afterwards – “We want rubber tyres on the pushchair!” “Three wheel pushchairs are easier to steer!” etc. Which, considering I hadn’t even thought about any of those things so early on, was quite useful.

So, yeah. Not a bad little selection – I’m sure there’ll be more in the remaining months!

 

An introduction to Outnumbered by Bunnies

I have to say, the bunnies and I are not sure what to write here.

I’ve never been too good at the starts! I usually like to jump straight in when I’m writing and then get my introduction together later, but that feels a little abrupt here.

So here’s a very (very!) brief introduction to us.

We are two humans and one seven-ninths of a human (due to make a début in November), sharing a house with three exuberant house rabbits.

We look forward to talking to you more!