Things that make your pregnancy real
This mom-to-be tells us what made her pregnancy real to her.
The blood test. If you’re a couple, then taking a pregnancy test or four with positive results were not enough. We needed medical proof. Science is never wrong. And when the blood test comes back positive, that’s the biggest reality kick.
Obstetrician or midwife? Deciding on your obstetrician or midwife isn’t like choosing a hair colour. You have to choose wisely. They have to make you feel comfortable and will help bring your bundle of joy into this world.
The first scan. They say a picture speaks a thousand words. Once you see that little kidney bean shape on the screen, you know, it’s not about you anymore. It’s for real. You’re pregnant.
When hunger strikes. Once you’re over the nausea and morning sickness, being hungry all the time is another big clue that your body is changing. The weirder the food combinations, the yummier the food tastes.
Time for a new pair of jeans? You’re sure your jeans fitted you last week; that was last week. Time to be a big girl, and get those maternity jeans. There are very stylish ones and once you’re in them, nothing will feel more amazingly comfortable.
Lose the heels. If you’re used to prancing around in heels all day, that will soon change as your fashion style does a 360. The added weight will exhaust you and your suddenly swollen feet will punish you. So lose the heels for flats.
Are those the price of diapers? First on every new parents list of “things to buy” is diapers. You’ll find yourself venturing into the baby aisle aimlessly. And together you and your partner will stop and stare at the different brands of diapers.
The first kick. Pregnancy books describe it as “butterflies”. As your baby gets bigger and becomes stronger, you’ll realise its little kicks. And you’ll love it. It’s the best bond between mother and her unborn child.
Decisions, decisions. Whether it’s a nursery colour, choosing a birth option or deciding on a cradle or camp cot, all the decisions you’d need to make is something you can’t avoid.