Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Actual Things That Real People Have Said to me During My Pregnancy


  • What will you do if you don't love the baby when it's born? 
  • What will Ben do if you die giving birth?
  • Did you eat this much before you were pregnant? 
  • How did you decide to give up on your career to become a mum?
  • How much weight have you gained so far? 
  • Do you think you'll be in labour for longer because you're bigger?
  • Do you think you're going to get post-natal depression?
  • Why are you planning to have pain relief?
  • How are you going to shift the baby weight once he arrives?
  • How long did it take you to get pregnant? 
  • Do you have stretch marks?
  • Have you pretty much given up on doing anything properly at work now? 
  • What will you do if the baby is born with an illness? 
  • When are you getting rid of your cat?
  • Will you have to bring the baby to like every social event once he's here?
  • If we planned a girls holiday would you have to bring the baby? 
  • Why are you finding out the sex of the baby when a surprise is so much better?
  • Do you think you're going to hate your body after the baby comes? 
  • Was it planned?
  • You're going for a natural birth, yeah?
  • Do you know that *generic food item* is really bad for the baby?
  • Omg did you hear about *random person*? She nearly died giving birth last month. 
  • What are you going to do about money?


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Monday, 10 April 2017

Fredricks Hotel & Spa Maidenhead; a Review


On Monday last week I got the opportunity to experience my first ever antenatal spa day. It was the same as any normal spa day but with less champagne and more "OH JESUS" sounds every time I had to get up from the sun lounger without a hand rail or a serious shove from somebody.

Fredricks Hotel & Spa is in Maidenhead, Berkshire. It's about a 3 minute drive from the M4 so it's easy to find and there is also plenty of free parking at the front of the hotel. The spa is located at the right hand side of the hotel.

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Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Anxiety in Pregnancy


I am quite an anxious person. I'm the "Shit, did I just offend her?" kind of anxious, rather than the "Can't walk into a room of strangers" type of anxious, but it's always a voice in my head. For the past few years I've definitely had it under control- I would say there's probably been 1 or 2 days in a year where I've felt like I can't do something because of 'anxiety'. I've gotten pretty good at managing things that are going to put me into that 'zone' and avoiding them entirely. Not the best coping strategy in all cases, but it works for me.

Being pregnant has definitely exacerbated my anxiety. The other night I was home alone between around 4pm and 1am. This would usually be a DREAM for me (bath, book, chocolate, bed, film, sleep) but instead it was just awful. I spent the entire night counting down the hours until my husband came home. I was stressed, I was restless, I jumped at every sound, and I was convinced that there were burglars downstairs on three separate occasions. We have a home alarm system with surveillance cameras fitted and I think I requested photos from those cameras twice during the night just to check that there wasn't a murderer sat on my sofa in silence. I turned on all the lights in the house and then worried that I was creating a lighthouse effect and everybody who walked past my house would be drawn to the light like a criminal moth. I turned off all the lights and suddenly the house was full of intruders. I sat in bed bolt upright watching YouTube videos until my husband walked through the door and immediately felt like a total idiot for being so worried.

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