Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Stuff you always wanted to ask a pregnant woman...

1. What's morning sickness like?

I have no idea. Never had it. I think MS depends on person to person and I was one of the lucky ones to never have it. I was instead nauseous for the whole first-trimester. The smell of Thai or Chinese food made me want to hurl. Hubby used to force-feed me so I would eat. The moment the 3rd month was done - I was fine!

2. Did you know you were pregnant? Without doing the tests and stuff?

Hmm... once I thought I felt a fluttering in my tummy, but I couldn't really say. It look a week of a missed period for me to want make sure and get the proper tests done :)

3. What do baby kicks feel like?

Sometimes like a fish swimming from one end to another... sometimes like a slight nudge from the inside-out. Sometimes small movements or ticks (these could be hiccups, I can't say). It's quite magical sometimes and sort of personal because its only between you and baby. :) Sometimes I wish I could share the feeling with Hubs but I guess he makes do with just keeping his hands on my tummy and feeling her move.

4. Are pineapples actually bad for you?

I really get sick of the many food based opinions people have. So far I've been told not to eat seafood, papaya (?), pineapple etc. But reading new resources like What to Expect when You're Expecting and credible online sources- yes, there are pretty obvious things you shouldn't eat - like raw fish/ sushi, raw papaya, tons of chillie paste (that's just stoopid), unpasteurised milk or soft cheeses - but my stance was EVERYTHING IN MODERATION. Also, there is no such thing as eating for two, apparently you need only a few extra 400 calories to a normal diet anyway. Oh and pineapples? It could apparently only create pre-term labour if you eat like 3-8 whole ones... who would do that anyway? :/

5. Do you get tired?

I was SUPER tired during the first trimester. 2nd trimester was the best! No issues at all. Third trimester, I get tired if I work a lot during the day (physically - like cleaning or walking a lot or the heat) and need to lie down a bit and maybe sleep early. Sleep is beautiful.

6. Any discomfort?

Only in the third trimester when I'm trying to get out of bed. I honestly feel like I've got a small sized bowling ball strapped to my tummy, lol. Oh and the peeing - yep, at least three times a night.
Other discomforts would be clothes I guess, when even the looser jeans feel snug under the tummy. T-shirts never make it past the belly button. Its easy to resort to fugly kurthis and stretch pants - but don't. Just don't.

Oh! And BURPING. Embrace it. It's gonna happen. Almost all the time. Especially when you're just about to get hungry and post-meals also. Burp burp burp burp burp.

7. Any weird side effects?

I've started drinking flavoured tea- definitely a weird side-effect. No weird food cravings as such except during the 3rd trimester.. again, I think it depends on each person. My most recent cravings were chocolate biscuit pudding, bredhure (SO off-season) and spare ribs. (This could also be my usual greedyness...I can't say!)

8. What are the most awkward questions people have asked you?

Did you plan to have the baby? (No - totally an act of passion. Yes - I'm super planned and have a control of my reproductive system) I do you even answer that? :/ ( was the latter)

You're really big for 7 months aren't you? (BITCH, people carry differently. Some are small, some are big - deal with it, ignoramus)

Should you be eating that? (Yes. I should be. Who are you, my mother?)

All the above questions in the middle of lots of people... totally awkward (not everyone wants to constantly talk about babies/ pregnancy - including meee :D)

9. Do you wish it was a boy?

Well, once you know the gender, I guess you sort of get used to the idea that you're going to have a daughter and that excites you. If it was a boy, I guess I'd be a little apprehensive but excited non the less. I think your mind settles when you finally get to know the gender and then you start planning. (Say no to pink!)

10. How is it overall?

I would say a wonderful experience! :) Nothing like the movies.... very personal and sweet.

I guess that's about it for now. "Stuff you always wanted to ask about delivery" - coming up!


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