Now that I've got my blogging mojo back, I've been revisiting all my old haunts to see what I've been missing out on and getting back up to speed in the world of social media. Whilst mooching around Pinterest, I stumbled upon a post that really grabbed my attention- '14 Things to do when you find out you are pregnant'. Ooh, I thought, how intriguing...let's see what things I did, or didn't do, wish that I had done etc...apparently the guilt train is inevitable for all parents, so why not jump on board from the get go.
Keeping a pregnancy journal, taking your vitamins and making a doctors appointment is all very good and sensible, but reading the list made me chuckle as I thought back to the day we found out we were pregnant. However much we worked for it, tried for it and wished for it, I don't think I was entirely prepared for it. So I thought I'd compile my very own version of the list, just for a laugh. I promise I'm taking this pregnancy lark seriously!
Spend All Day in Bed Crying
Which is exactly what I did do...only moving to pee, get food supplies or more tissues to mop up my never ending stream of sobbing tears. Shortly after we discovered that we were going to be parents the Hubster had to leave for work so I did what any normal person would do when they're in shock. I went back to bed and cried for pretty much most of the day. I cried for a number of reasons- of course happiness was tucked away in the midst of my emotions, but mostly because I'd spent the entire festive period knocking back the alcoholic beverages, unbeknown that I was in fact with foetus. Which left me mortified and in a hormonal panic, calling the Hubster in floods of tears every hour to tell him that I was sure I'd given our baby 'that DFS disease that was on the news'...
Google 'DFS Disease' (AKA FAS)
OK so I might have been a little confused, not helped by the Hubster reassuring me that the chances of our child coming out looking like a three-piece-suite were very slim and that the disease I was referring to was FAS, 'Foetal Alcohol Syndrome'. Whatever, I felt terrible and so worried that in all my merriness, I might now have a baby with no arms and legs or ears. Again I still haven't researched this disease properly as my alcohol consumption wasn't the only thing I was worried about...
Go Over Everything You've Done Wrong Leading Up to this Moment
Drinking aside, what about the foods I'd scoffed, the caffeine I'd consumed, the hot tubs I'd lounged in, the lifting, the workouts, the gymnastics? OK so there weren't any gymnastics, but there could have been! I found myself searching the internet for 'things not to do when you're pregnant' and I'd covered pretty much most of them (aside from smoking and drugs I should point out...I'm a good girl) up until this point. The guilt was overwhelming...no wonder I was in bits.
Check the Pregnancy Test Result a Hundred Times
You're past caring that this stick has your pee all over it by this point. You might have even kissed it. (I didn't incase you're wondering) But to check that your eyes weren't deceiving you and that this snotty state you find yourself in isn't a dream, you'll check that stick as much as possible until that little screen fades away...in my case after about two weeks. Yes I checked it on a daily basis.
Scour the Internet Pregnancy Forums
They will make you feel so much better and as if you're not alone during this scary moment in your life. Big Fat NOT. These crooked corners of cyber space aren't overseen by level headed guardian angels. Oh no, they are purely fuelled by other completely irrational hormonal crazed women- just like you and you'll only walk away from them will a zillion more fears and worries than when you first clicked on the site. Step away...and do something else to take your mind off babies altogether.
Watch a Film
But not 'What to Expect When You're Expecting'. This perhaps isn't the wisest of moves to make when you're already in a fragile state of mind, covered in you're own snot and genuinely concerned that your baby will come out asking for a glass of prosecco instead of milk. May I suggest watching something like Dumb & Dumber, or Beauty & the Beast as opposed to something purely focused on the honest lows, highs and the nitty gritty side to having a baby.
Avoid Everyone You Know & Love
If you're planning on keeping your little bean a secret until that all important first scan, then now is the time to get your story straight. Why aren't you drinking? Why can't you eat that yummy parma ham that's in front of you? Why do you keep nipping to the loo to pee or chuck up? Have your excuses and your poker face at the ready because you're going to need them. Seriously I reckon I've clocked up enough lies and indiscretion points to bag me a job with MI6.
Don't Compare Yourself to Others
It was as if our little blob of a baby waited until we realised that it was cooking and then decided to hit me with a big fat payback bat in the form of sickness, exhaustion and a severe dose of constipation for good measure. Brilliant. Every pregnancy is different, try not to compare yourself to your friends or (even worse) other pregnant chicks on internet forums. Just be prepared to take every day as it comes and looking back now, whatever you do when you discover that you're pregnant, the most important thing is to take care of yourself and the blob/baby. You can't change the past, only the future and as much as the worry and guilt still hangs over me, there's not an awful lot that I can do now than be positive, be sensible, stay healthy and step away from programmes like One Born Every Minute, because there's no going back now. Eek!
What did you do when you found out you were pregnant? Let me know in the comments below...!
With Love & What To Do's,