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Pregnancy: the things that *no-one* ever tells you

What are the things that no-one ever tells you about being pregnant and having a baby?

Things that no-one tells you about being pregnant, pregnancy secrets


Congratulations, you’re pregnant! It’s all floaty kaftans and graceful, naval gazing introspection from here right the way through to your pain-free hypnobirth…isn’t it? Well, kind of.

While pregnancy is different from woman to woman, and even from pregnancy to pregnancy, there’s one thing that’s the same throughout. A whole host of weird and wonderful happenings that are never really mentioned, especially not in glossy magazine interviews. It’s what the heavily PR’d celebrity handbooks won’t tell you. But your best friend will, if she’s drunk enough.

So here’s a recap of the things that people don’t really talk about; what no-one ever tells a first-time mum about pregnancy. This post is for anyone, positive test in hand, who’s wondering; what really happens now? Continue reading Pregnancy: the things that *no-one* ever tells you


Pregnancy update weeks 0-13: Everything I’d forgotten about the first trimester

13 weeks pregnant bump shotWhen I was expecting Eliza,  pregnancy seemed so all-consuming that I couldn’t remember the grey and misty swirls of time before being pregnant, or ever imagine it ending.

Then pretty soon after I gave birth, I couldn’t for the life of me imagine what it had been like (‘baby movements felt like what again?’ ‘I couldn’t drink much wine for all the time…really?’).

So it was a relief that as soon as I got pregnant again, it all came rushing back in a familiar wave of symptoms and strange happenings.

Here’s everything I’d forgotten about being pregnant, the first trimester special: Continue reading Pregnancy update weeks 0-13: Everything I’d forgotten about the first trimester


What (not) to Expect When You’re Expecting

What did you least expect when you were pregnant?

Bump shots

For me it was the following:

  • Going off one of my favourite things – avocados – to the extent that even now, the thought of them makes me feel queasy
  • The multitude of bizarre pregnancy symptoms I had. Extreme thirst? Dry nose? Incredibly intense dreams? Yep, all of the above…
  • Despite developing a sweet tooth and cravings for strawberry milkshake, I was more healthy than I have been in forever. I ate three square meals a day, had my five a day, drank an awful lot of water and still walked up the tube escalators at eight and a bit months pregnant
  • Having a high-risk pregnancy meant I was under consultant-led care, with a multitude of ongoing medical appointments, extra scans and so many blood tests combined with daily injections that I felt like a human pin cushion. Basically, it meant spending a LOT more time at the hospital than I’d imagined
  • However, I also didn’t expect pregnancy to be as amazing as it was. I absolutely loved it, despite some not-so-great bits, and I still feel really nostalgic now when I think about it

Continue reading What (not) to Expect When You’re Expecting


Strange pregnancy symptoms: second trimester edition

What are all the strange pregnancy side-effects that no-one ever tells you about? As I’m now in the third trimester, I thought I’d round-up all the symptoms I’ve been experiencing for the past few months (my first trimester recap is here). These aren’t the obvious ones I’d read all about, but more like the startlingly odd symptoms that come surprisingly out of left-field.

What are the strange pregnancy symptoms and side effects no-one tells you about? Second trimester

Here are my top five: Continue reading Strange pregnancy symptoms: second trimester edition


Strange pregnancy symptoms no-one ever tells you about

What are the really strange pregnancy symptoms that people never tell you about in the first trimester? It occurred to me last night, as I lay awake in bed at 5am*, that there’s an awful lot of pregnancy symptoms I hadn’t known about.

Strange pregnancy symptoms no-one tells you about - the weird and unusual side effects of being pregnant. Great list, did you have any of these?

Sure, there’s the pretty obvious ones – morning sickness, tiredness, cravings and so on – but there’s a whole load of others that have come as a surprise along the way…