The A to Z of pregnancy

Now that I am full term and thinking ahead to being a mum I thought I would do what so many others have done before me and take a look back on what I will and will not miss about being pregnant.

Overall, as you will have read on the blog, I have had ups and downs throughout pregnancy but despite this I will say there are some things I will miss about the whole experience - like having a checkout opened just for me at Tesco the other day because I was struggling to walk! Great service.

A - I will not miss the anxiety of pregnancy

Are my symptoms normal? Should I contact the midwife? Is the baby moving enough, too much? There are so many things that you worry about when going through the nine months.

At first you worry that the scans will come up with issues, then you worry that something is going wrong with the baby. Nothing you can do will really ease your mind that much so I will not miss this. I know that come baby's arrival I will swap these anxieties with others so won't be free of anxiety for years to come.

B - I will miss my bump

I know having a bump makes you feel like a beached whale and means you can barely find anything that fits you but at the same time it is such a great feeling seeing your baby is growing inside you by watching the size of your bump expanding (oh and lucky, so far, I have not got a stretch mark).

C - I will not miss longing for baby cuddles

Yep that's right, from the minute I knew I was pregnant I have been longing to give my baby the biggest, squishiest cuddles you have ever had. I am now so close to that moment and I just can not wait.

D - I will not miss struggling with dog walking

I have two dogs who have not been on such long walks that they are used to. I have tried to take them as far as I can, or to a field so they can play catch, but I really look forward to long walks through the woods and nature trails with a pram and the hubby.

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E - I will not miss having to think about what I can or can not eat

I have to admit that I have not be the best at making sure I can or can not eat something throughout this pregnancy, although there have been times I have eaten something and then got myself into a panic that I maybe shouldn't have.

Having to google items whilst in a restaurant has been a pain too and just the general unknown.

I can't wait to eat things that I haven't been allowed to, or to eat without guilt.

F - I will not miss the fatigue

I have struggled with energy levels for most of the pregnancy and so I hope that I will regain some of my energy levels once baby is here.

I know that I will be shattered from getting up at night for the baby but I am hoping that I will feel more human within a few months.

G - I will miss playing the guessing game

How big will baby be? What sex is it? What personality will it have? I am eager to find out but I will miss the constant guessing game about our little one!

Of course it will be a perfect size, will look as pretty as a picture and will be the sweetest person around!

H - I won't miss heartburn

I was lucky enough not to get this until the last couple of months but when it came it was awful. To begin with I couldn't tell you what it was as I had never had heartburn before but after a bit of searching I worked it all out.

At times it was so bad I was physically sick from it and to this day I am not sure what the triggers are.

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I - I will not miss having to restrict the amount of Irn-Bru I am allowed to drink

Cutting down caffeine was one of the harder parts of pregnancy, although I managed to surprise myself by doing it so well.

I love Irn-Bru, it used to be all I drank but because of caffeine levels I have had to drastically cut it down. Now I love orangeied and lemonade

J - I will miss many of the pregnancy joys

From the first ultrasound or the second (and getting to see babies perfect little feet!), to feeling the kicks, or hiccups. I will miss these as they keep you going throughout pregnancy.

K - I don't know if I will miss baby kicking

When I first felt baby kicking I was unsure as to whether I liked the feeling or not. I know shocking eh. However, as the pregnancy progressed I loved the reassurance of feeling baby kick and squirm inside me. There was the opposite feeling though, the one of dread when you haven't felt baby in ages (or maybe just five minutes).

I am not sure whether I will miss this feeling as I will have baby in my arms and will be able to see and feel its kicks from the outside rather than the inside.

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L - I will miss long lies that I have enjoyed during the last few days of pregnancy

For most of the pregnancy I really struggled to sleep. Sometimes I could not get comfortable and at others there seemed to be no apparent reason behind the insomnia - just another symptom I guess.

Strangely at 39 weeks plus 6 days I suddenly got two very good nights sleep. YEs I Still had to get up for a couple of pees throughout the night but I got around 10 hours for two nights running. Then I was back to being awake all night and up until 7 a.m. before getting a wink of sleep. I enjoyed it whilst it lasted.

M - I won't miss restricted movements such as bending

Putting on my own socks, picking something up off the floor, bending over to pet the dogs. Many things that I am looking forward to being able to do again once baby is here.

N - I will not miss worrying about Neural-tube defects

Since I found out I was pregnant I worried about everything that could go 'wrong' and neural-tube defects were high on my list of concerns.

After having 12 week scan I was calm for a bit, until the 20 weeks scan neared and I panic again. Even during the scan I was panicking. Luckily we have a brilliant sonographer who quickly put our minds at ease when she realised how worried I was about them

O - I will not miss overheating

In the later parts of pregnancy I have been struggling with feeling too hot all the time. At night I will wake drenched in sweat, during the day I will feel uncomfortably hot. There seems to be no way of cooling down.

P - I won't miss having to get up six times a night to pee

I guess you just have to accept this as being part and parcel of being pregnant and, yes, you do get used to it after a while - doesn't mean I won't miss it though.

Q - I won't miss feeling queasy 

Okay so I didn't suffer morning sickness as such but feeling queasy is something that I will not miss.

R -  I will not miss rib flare

For far too long throughout the pregnancy I suffered very badly with rib flare - to the point I used to break down in tears it was so sore. I had it for a good few months and I can honestly say it is something I hope never to have to go through again.

At times I felt my ribs were actually broken and sticking out of my skin and nothing I did ever allowed me to get any sort of comfort. Thankfully the pain vanished, as if my magic, one night and although I still gets semi sore ribs it is nothing like what I suffered for months.

S - I will not miss restricted sleeping positions

Throughout pregnancy you are encouraged to sleep on your left which is all well and good if you can get comfy on your left. I am someone who likes to sleep on her tummy but who suddenly started finding lying on her back was super comfy - not great when you are recommended not to sleep on back when pregnant.

I am now looking forward to just being able to lie in any position that I want to and to be able to turn over in bed without hurting my back/tummy/pelvis.

T - I will not miss not feeling I can travel far

This related to the later stages of pregnancy when you start to feel you can't move too far away from the house. I could be for comfort reasons or just anxiety of being too far from the maternity unit.

 Being able to book a holiday, get on a plane, jump in a car and go where ever we want is something I am looking forward to.

U - I won't miss trying to find bright unisex clothing

One thing I hate is bland clothing. I have always enjoy colour and so I was annoyed when I could not find unisex clothing that was bright and colourful with ease.  Why do unisex babies have to wear white? or cream? Give me bright yellows, oranges, red, greens any day.

V - I will not miss having to remember our vitamins

Okay so I will be on vitamins for a few months yet as a breastfeed but I have felt stressed about taking them for the good of the baby. 

W - I won't miss not being able to lose weight

I wish I had lost weight before falling pregant. Being a size 14 I am not huge (although no idea what size I am now lol) but I wonder if I had started as a size 10 if I might have avoided the rib flare, or back aches, or tiredness.

I can't wait to get back into exercising once baby is here - being able to walk more than a mile without being in pain. Think the dogs will be chuffed with this development as well. 

X - I will not miss having to worry about x-rays

Thankfully I haven't needed to have one but when we flew to Thailand when I was 8 weeks - 11 weeks pregnant I was worried that we may have been asked to go through the new x-ray machines at the airport. Thankfully we weren't so all was fine.

Y - I will not miss yawning all the time (although I guess this won't ever go!)

Yup tiredness moans again. What can I say? I hate feeling tired all the time. Once baby is here it will sleep and eat, never waking me during the night *cough*

Z - I will miss all my lost ZZZZ's

I cope out I know but what else can you use for Z?

Training Mummy

Training Mummy is a 30 something mum to two beautiful children - a girl born February 2014 and a boy born in October 2015.

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