Why didn’t anyone tell me?

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The low down on pregnancy.

When I first found out I was pregnant, it was not the big celebration of happiness you expect. Yes our baby was planned, but nothing can prepare you for that moment when you realise it is actually happening. Yes you are about to leap into that scary world of becoming a mum. You will have a little one depending on you, babies don’t come with instruction manuals, you just have to muddle your way through and laugh about those ‘rookie errors’ you end up making.

It took us a day to soak up the information and thankfully, we did finally get that joyful moment, filled with pure happiness. We were becoming a family just like we wanted. I remember thinking I was odd for not being happy like those clear blue adverts, celebrating straight away. But reality is not what you see on the television adverts; it is managing your own emotions, your fears, your concerns and worries about parenthood. So I realised I was not odd, and that I won’t be the only one feeling like this.

This is the reason why I wanted to start this blog, filled with honest real stories about pregnancy, labour and parenthood.

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So down to pregnancy, why was I never informed by anyone that you have to take a sample of your urine to every midwife appointment? I have siblings with children, friends with children and no one tells you about the ‘nitty gritty’ stuff. If you want to start a family in the future and want real information then keep reading. However if you are not in to the gruesome stuff then I advise you to stop now, as my future posts will contain the reality of pregnancy, labour and parenthood.

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So yes taking in urine samples every 8 weeks, then every 4 weeks and 2 weeks as your pregnancy progresses. Like where do you put your urine, in your handbag? I’m not sure I wanted my bodily fluid in my handbag! What do you collect it in? The midwife gave me narrow tubes to collect my urine in. Was my aim good enough to get my urine in the tubes, no way because I’m not a man! My midwife told me to get a cheap plastic jug to collect it before tipping it in, (handy tip). Now the handbag situation, do I put my urine in my handbag or walk in to the medical centre waiting room, holding my urine? In the end I opted for carrying it in my handbag, and nappy bags came in so handy! I used to put my pot in a nappy bag and tie it up, which eased my worry of the lid coming loose and spilling in my bag.

You worry about such unnecessary things when pregnant, what really was the chances of my urine pot coming loose in my bag, if I made sure it was done up tight. So ladies what did you do, how did you transport your urine to your appointments, without showing the whole world you had a sample?

Now I had such an easy smooth pregnancy, I know some women will hate me for it, but I’m not going to lie and put people off having babies because of the horror stories you hear. Why does everyone feel the need to tell you the horror stories and not the good ones? It is a good job I am very laid back and take everything in my stride. I didn’t panic about pregnancy or labour, as we are all so different. So other then needing to take urine to my midwife appointments, there isn’t much else I can really tell you about the odd parts of pregnancy. I did get restless legs at night and I couldn’t drink coffee but to save this post getting too long and boring, we will save that for another day.

So mamma’s, were you shocked by anything during pregnancy that no one told you about until you experienced it yourself? Comment below.

Belle x

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