In the whole scheme of things, nine months might not seem that long.
But for a pregnant woman, each passing month brings change and not just the increasing size of that beautiful bump. From hair sprouting from strange crevices to dealing with a thirst that never goes away, pregnancy has many wonderful but utterly bizarre realities.
So, we decided to list the eight biggest truths that all those who have endured the nine-month journey will relate to.
1. Throwing up in public.
Obviously named by some dude doctor who didn’t really have a clue about pregnancy nausea, morning sickness hardly disappears neatly by lunchtime like the name suggests. And not only does it stick around all day, but it also seems to really ramp up on public transport. Frustratingly, it’s at its worst during the first trimester when a bump hasn’t yet formed so you generally just looks like a drunk having an afternoon vom on the bus from work. Classy.
2. Sweet or salty?
Waking up at 2am to eat sliced lemon? Wanting to chow down on some soil (yes, that’s a pregnancy thing)? Eating cold beans out of the can? Pregnancy unlocks some seriously strange food cravings that generally fall into the camp of sweet or salty, with many believing it’s an indicator of what gender of baby you’re having. You can guess which is which, right? And what’s perhaps even stranger is that those cravings completely disappear once the baby pops out!
It’s definitely a girl. via GIPHY
3. Chasing waterfalls.
The thirst is real during pregnancy. The only other time you’ll feel like an ocean’s amount of water still won’t quench your thirst is when breastfeeding. So yes, you’re essentially feeling desert-dry for about two years if you also go down the breastfeeding route. It’s all down to your body working double-time, creating life or creating almost a litre of milk a day, so keep topped up, even opting for an electrolyte-rich solution like Hydralyte to replace water and electrolytes.
Pregnant women are recommended to drink 12 glasses of fluids a day – more than most of us usually have. So yes, pregnancy is a good time to pop a Hydralyte powder sachet, ice block or drink when you’re in dehydration mode – especially from that dreaded morning sickness.