Being pregnant is really exciting! It’s a whole new adventure with new experiences, a lot of changes and a ton of preparations! I personally tried to enjoy my pregnancy as much as possible, even though it wasn’t always easy. It can be a bit overwhelming sometimes. I mean, you get to deal with a lot of different emotions and physical changes, which might cause some stress or discomfort. My pregnancy went great! I couldn’t sleep very well and I had a lot of back issues, but that was pretty much it!
Anyway, I would love to share my pregnancy story to give you a little peek in my personal life and because I thought it would be fun to talk about how it went and what I’ve learned. I’ve also decided to combine this blog post with the Pregnancy Tag, which includes a bunch of personal questions about the baby, the delivery and so on! Grab a cup of tea and enjoy! We have a lot to discuss!
How far along your pregnancy are you?
I’m over 8 months pregnant and I’m actually really glad that I’m almost at the end. The baby is coming soon, which makes me massively excited and pretty nervous at the same time! My pregnancy went very smoothly, as I’ve mentioned before. I mean, I can’t complain, but I might have underestimated the last 2 months. I’m really exhausted and I have a lot of mood swings, even though I’m actually really happy. I don’t know, it’s weird. Maybe I worry too much about everything, which requires a lot of energy. Having a baby is a big deal, that’s for sure. I mean, this will definitely going to change our lives, but I know we’re ready for this and we are so thrilled to meet our little daughter soon! It’s really exciting!
How did you react?
I noticed some changes in my breasts at first. They suddenly became bigger, they were sensitive and they felt really heavy. That’s when I knew I was pregnant. I wasn’t completely sure yet, of course, so I bought a pregnancy test, followed the instructions as soon as I came home and waited for a few seconds. It was very nerve-racking, gosh! It almost felt like my heart was going to explode!
When the plus sign appeared, I literally didn’t know how to feel. I was really excited and terrified at the same time, it was really weird! I did the test a second time, which also turned out to be positive. I needed to call someone because I was freaking out! I couldn’t keep it to myself, so I called my dad and told him the news. He was very happy, just as I expected and he congratulated me. It felt great to tell someone, it made me calm down a bit. I really wanted to call Jeremy as well, but I had to wait until he came home.
How did your family react the news?
Jeremy remained very calm when I told him that I was pregnant. (I told him the minute after he got home from work, obviously.) It was a bit scary, also because I didn’t know how to deal with my own emotions. It was kind of a shock for the both of us. I mean, we’ve talked about children before, but we didn’t expect it to happen so fast. It was unexpected and a bit overwhelming. I guess he just needed some time to process the news and let it sink in for a few minutes. After all, he was (and still is) very, very happy! He already loves her so much, it’s really cute!
Our family and friends were massively happy and supportive when we decided to spread the news. Some people had to cry, some were pleasantly surprised, it was amazing!
Do you know the sex of the baby?
It’s a girl!
What has been your biggest craving?
I ate a lot of cookies and chocolate, but that’s pretty much it. No weird cravings or disgusting food habits, lucky me! There were a few things that made me sick, though, especially in the beginning of my pregnancy. I literally couldn’t stand the smell of herb cheese spread, salmon and mushroom soup. I don’t know, I found it disgusting!
What do you like the most about your pregnancy?
It was wonderful to see how fast she has grown into a tiny, little human with tiny, little toes and tiny, little fingers! The different stages and the development of the baby were extremely fascinating. I’m so, so glad that I was able to experience this process. It was definitely my favorite thing about my pregnancy!
I’ve also learned to love and accept my body. I mean, isn’t it impressive that a human body is able to create a new life? I think it’s pretty mind-blowing! My pregnancy made me realize what my body is capable of, which gave me a lot of confidence in some way. I’m really grateful for that!
What is the worst part of being pregnant?
The mood swings were pretty annoying and I also don’t really like the stage that I am in now. I’m exhausted, everything hurts, I can barely walk and my bladder isn’t really happy either. I guess I just have to be patient. I mean, what else can I do?
Have you picked out a name yet?
We decided to call her Alice. I think it’s a beautiful name and we wanted to keep it short and simple, just what we like!
Are your ready to give birth?
I can only imagine what will happen and I’ve already thought about it a lot, but I think you can never fully prepare yourself for labor. I went to my physiotherapist to do some exercises and she gave me a lot of information as well, which I’m very grateful for! I’m sure this will help me out a lot. She also taught me how to deal with contractions and how to stay focused when the time comes. It’s almost like meditating. I think it’s really important to stay calm. This will make it a lot easier to give birth!
Anyway, my plan is to stay at home as long as possible. I’ve already packed the bags and Jeremy has arranged a wheelchair, since we don’t have a car to take me to the hospital. The hospital isn’t far away, though, it’s literally at the end of our street! So am I ready for this? I hope so!
Who will support you during labor?
Jeremy, of course! I think I wouldn’t be able to do this without him.
Do you want a natural birth or a C-section?
If someone would’ve asked me this question a few months ago, I definitely would have said C-section. I was really afraid to give birth. I mean, I didn’t know what to expect and I was afraid it would hurt. It literally terrified me. I really don’t like pain. I can’t handle it and I hate it!
I’ve done a lot of research in the past 2 months. This actually gave me a lot of courage and self-confidence, which is exactly what I needed! I spent hours searching for information and reading personal birth stories. I think I just needed some time to mentally prepare myself, to give myself that extra, little push. I strongly recommend you to do the same thing if you’re struggling with this as well. You can also contact a physiotherapist to do some exercises and to prepare yourself for labor. You won’t regret it, believe me!
But to answer the question; I want to keep everything as natural as possible!
Will you record your labor?
No. I thought about it, but I just don’t think it’s necessary.
What do you mostly look forward to after your pregnancy?
I can’t wait to meet our little girl, to play with her and to hold her in my arms! And sushi, I really want sushi!
Will you breastfeed?
Definitely! It’s very healthy and natural, which is very important in my opinion. I want everything as natural as possible, as I’ve said before! Breast milk contains a lot of antibodies, it saves time and money, it provides the perfect amount of nutrients and it has many other advantages! I’ve read a lot of information about this as well.
I’ve already prepared a basket with all of the essentials that I’ll need whilst breastfeeding. I’m going to write a blog post about this very soon! I would love to share some organization tips and tricks to make your life so much easier as a fresh, new mom, so make sure to stay on tune!
Are you going to work or do you want to be a stay-at-home mom?
I would be more than happy to become a full-time mom! It would personally save us a lot of money and I also don’t really like the thought of leaving her behind every day. It’s really sad!
Are you going to prepare your own baby food?
Of course! It seems a lot of fun to prepare everything myself, especially when I become a full-time mom!
Do you have any nursery ideas or themes?
We decided to keep everything nice and simple, so there isn’t much of a theme, but we did buy a lot of cute stuff to decorate her room. Her room isn’t finished yet. I mean, we still have some time left, since we decided to let her sleep in our bedroom for the first few months of her life. It’s much safer and I just want to be there for her when she needs anything!
Do you want more children?
Absolutely! Being pregnant is amazing! I’ve learned so much in the past few months and I’ve also discovered a lot about myself. I don’t know how many children I want, but I definitely want more!
What do you like about being pregnant? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments down below!
Lots of love,