The three things I wish I had known before getting Pregnant

Pregnancy pregnancy advise

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, and while I almost all of the time don't regret having children (the incident with the paint and the sofa aside really), it would have been easier had I know then what I know now.


Everyone will tell you their experience and often these will be contradictory

Several times during my first pregnancy I managed to slightly freak myself out listening to others experience and comparing it to my own. Not to say they were not being completely honest but it's their experience and each one is different, as was mine.


Pregnancy plays havoc with my emotions

Not that it necessarily takes being pregnant to do this to me, but even though my Post Natal Depression was mild, it was difficult to realise what was going on, even harder to ask for help. I felt guilty about feeling this way, which with wonderful hindsight is not helpful or even right. There is a lot of help out there if only you ask and I think being prepared would help.

That plans can change

I had a lovely birth plan, music, essential oils and birthing pool in the nearby hospital. It was all going to be lovely, natural, spiritual experience.  Well that was the plan. I knew it could change, I think I was even warned it could change by the midwives but when it did change it made me feel terrible and panicky. It was the right thing to do, there was complications with my son with the cord wrapped round his neck. But again if I had been mentally prepared I would have handled it better.


Please leave the things you wish you had know in the comments below.

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  • Laurel on

    3 Things I wish I knew:

    1. You can never have too many bibs, wipes or nappies

    2. No baby is the same

    3. A well charged phone is a life saver!

  • Louise on

    1. That no two pregnancy are the same after suffering with extreme morning sickness the frist time round. I’ve not been sick once the second time round be kind to yourself and take time to rest and that’s it’s ok to put your toddler Infront of the Tele so you can take 10 …9months is a long time to be pregnant
    3. Take bump shots I regret not having any photos of me pregnant you forget so quickly what you look like with a bump and I really missed my bump afterwards
    4. The forth trimester exists and is a massive learning curve for everyone but things get easier with time 😀

  • Joy on

    1. That pregnancy wouldn’t be a lovely magical time, it would be full of feeling ill and anxiety
    2. That you can never have enough muslins and bibs
    3. That pregnancy doesn’t always go smoothly and could involve a lot of hospital visits

  • Suzanne Minnis on

    1. That no 2 pregnancies are the same so don’t compare your experience to others and expect to feel or look how they do.
    2. That it’s a total adjustment for your body and mind and although it’s a wonderful thing, it’s ok to feel not great throughout.
    3. That I would basically need to be beside a toilet at all times. I must have needed to pee 20 times a day.

  • Amanda Smith on much my life would change (for the better)
    2.never try to be a supermum ..just enjoy everyday (even if you spend it in your jammies)
    3.stock up on the fabulous funky giraffe bibs !!!!

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