What I wish I knew about pregnancy – Giveaway

I was just five weeks pregnant when the morning sickness started.

At first I willed it on. I excitedly embraced the increasingly seedy feeling taking over me. I was finally pregnant. This was real. I was going to be a mum.

It didn’t take long for my excitement to wane though, when my ‘morning’ sickness quickly turned into ‘all day and bloody night’ sickness.

None of the books I read or sites I googled could have prepared me for the way I felt.

I was a shell of a woman. The walking dead. All I could keep down was dried crackers, pizza shapes, or cheese and vegemite toasted sandwiches. Anytime I branched out from these three food groups or went over an hour without eating, I would be staring down the toilet bowl or lying on the floor of the shower lifeless.

At the end of each day I told myself that I would never have to live that day again and I was one day closer to the golden second trimester where I would allegedly feel on top of the world and radiate like the sun.

14 weeks

This is me at 14 weeks in my first pregnancy.

Instead of feeling on top of the world and radiating like the sun, I was pale, pasty and completely and utterly exhausted. Nobody told me it could be this bad or last well over halfway through the pregnancy. (Princess Kate, I know you’re reading this now nodding your head saying, ‘I hear you, sista’).

Not long after the ‘all day and bloody night’ sickness subsided, along came the next problem. I started to get the worst tail bone pain in the world. I couldn’t even stand in certain positions for fear of getting an electric shock up my backside.

If that wasn’t enough, then came the most delightful of pregnancy ailments that I had NEVER HEARD OF BEFORE, Montgomery tubercles, skin tags, and the most hideously looking and horribly painful veins down … umm … well, you know … down there.

Every appointment with my obstetrician I’d be whinging about something new that was so gross and bizarre I couldn’t in my wildest dreams have imagined would happen.

And then of course came the blocked nose, the snoring, the need to have four pillows in bed and wishing Dave would stop being so selfish taking up a measly quarter of the bed. Oh, and I wish, wish, wish, wish, that someone told me that they’re not kidding about the importance of pelvic floor exercises.

Like me, Erin from The Mums Group spent a lot of her first pregnancy and labour saying, ‘Why didn’t anyone tell me about this?’

Erin has captured all of the information she has gained from her pregnancy into an eBook What I wish I knew about pregnancy. Plus, she has added in real life experiences from other women.

Today, I am giving away a copy of Erin’s eBook to a lucky reader. If you have a friend or family member soon to be a mum, this is the perfect gift for them.

What I wish I knew about Pregnancy-cover

All you need to do is:

Like Mummy Wife Me on Facebook

Like The Mums Group on Facebook

Tell us, in the comments below, the one thing you wish you knew about pregnancy.

This giveaway is open until Thursday 5 December, 5pm.

The winner will be announced on Friday 6 December via email and the winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize.

* Mummy, Wife, Me received a copy of the eBook for the purpose of this giveaway. No financial compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

42 comments on What I wish I knew about pregnancy – Giveaway

  1. Trisha Willcox
    November 28, 2013 at 6:11 am (3 years ago)

    I wish I had known how bad “baby brain” actually was. I suffered extreme baby brain during both of my pregnancies but I thought I was going mad whilst carrying our eldest son. A kind customer explained it to me when I fumbled my way through serving her, in a job I’d had for a couple of years =/

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 28, 2013 at 6:13 am (3 years ago)

      Oh I know, Trisha! I don’t think my baby brain has ever disappeared. Sometimes I draw a complete blank!

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  2. Katie (@mumabytes)
    November 28, 2013 at 7:13 am (3 years ago)

    I pissed myself laughing at that photo of you on the table!! I remember the feeling πŸ™‚ Looks like a fab book (and YAY for giveaways!) I had a pretty good pregnancy overall, really but nothing could have prepared me for the fatigue and feeling so hot (and not good hot!) all the time. I thought I would combust!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 28, 2013 at 8:50 am (3 years ago)

      Oh yeah, I forgot about that hot feeling. I think one of the drawcards of lying on that table was the fact that it was nice and cool πŸ™‚ Thanks for your support!

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  3. Zanni Louise
    November 28, 2013 at 10:10 am (3 years ago)

    Lovely Renee. I didn’t have morning sickness (lucky me!) for either pregnancy. Looks like a lovely book though! x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 28, 2013 at 1:17 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh lucky you, Zanni! I was always jealous of women who managed to escape the morning sickness xx

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  4. Josefa @always Josefa
    November 28, 2013 at 10:49 am (3 years ago)

    Great giveaway Renee, and written so well! No one told me about the blocked sinus! Terrible!! Looks like a great book for a new-to-be-mum xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 28, 2013 at 1:18 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Joesfa. It is πŸ™‚ Yep, that blocked sinus is horrendous. Apparently I was a really loud snorer. How attractive?! πŸ˜‰ xx

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  5. Simone
    November 28, 2013 at 11:43 am (3 years ago)

    Having not yet been pregnant (but hopefully soon!) I can’t contribute but I had to giggle at that pic of you Renee. I remember when you were so sick, so sucky. Maybe you had more than morning sickness- hyperemesis gravidarum- which is something a friend of mine was diagnosed with during her on-going sick pregnancy. Guess you will never know now! All these stories make me wonder if I WANT to get pregnant, LOL!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 28, 2013 at 1:20 pm (3 years ago)

      It is totally worth it, Simmy πŸ™‚ I’m sure a super healthy person like you will sail through xx

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  6. Toni @ Finding Myself Young
    November 28, 2013 at 1:24 pm (3 years ago)

    Lol Renee. I was so excited to be finally pregnant I willed on morning sickness then got all day and night sickness! I literally lived on vegemite and cheese toast and shapes for 3 weeks straight. My pregnancy was just wonderful (not), by the end I had siatica, psd, carpel tunnel to the point of wearing braces 24/7 on both hands, then the pupp rash in the last week! Not doing it again for a while.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 28, 2013 at 2:50 pm (3 years ago)

      Oh my Lord, Toni! That is intense. I heard carpel tunnels could be really painful. I don’t know how you survived. Lucky your little one is such a doll.

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  7. Housewife in Heels
    November 28, 2013 at 9:51 pm (3 years ago)

    I too suffered from ‘All day sickness’ for too many weeks. Those foetuses really take everything of you. My husband called it training for motherhood!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 29, 2013 at 5:40 am (3 years ago)

      It sure is training for motherhood. I guess we have to get used to those sleepless nights somehow πŸ™‚

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  8. Lydia C. Lee
    November 29, 2013 at 5:59 am (3 years ago)

    That I would gain 25 kilos each time, regardless of what I ate – I wouldn’t have wasted so much snacktime on carrot sticks, second time around….

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 29, 2013 at 10:05 am (3 years ago)

      True, Lydia. I was surprised how much I blew up with fluid.

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  9. Shelley @ Money Mummy
    November 29, 2013 at 6:48 am (3 years ago)

    My killer symptom was a heightened sense of smell – you see I have pretty much no sense of smell under normal circumstances so when I got pregnant I quickly realised how smelly the world is! The inside of the fridge would make me gag, the smell of dirty washing too and let’s not even talk about the train trip to work!!!!! Lucky I didn’t throw up but there was some close calls. I am so glad it went back to normal after I had my daughter!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 29, 2013 at 10:05 am (3 years ago)

      Oh yes, public transport when you have morning sickness can be an absolute nightmare. That heightened sense of smell is a killer. I would walk around with my hand over my nose.

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  10. Neets
    November 29, 2013 at 7:13 am (3 years ago)

    He he I did chuckle when I saw that pic of you. You poor thing. I didn’t experience morning sickness with my first two but the nausea this time around, OH MY LORD! All I want to do is sleep. Means it’s going to be a placid baby, right? RIGHT? πŸ™‚ x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 29, 2013 at 10:06 am (3 years ago)

      Ummmm, sure πŸ˜‰ Ahh you poor thing. I hope the nausea passes quickly. It must be hard with two kids to look after too.

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  11. Rhian @melbs
    November 29, 2013 at 8:02 am (3 years ago)

    I hear you, this time round has definitely been worse for me. I have had THE worst sciatica amongst many other things. Still it is the home straight for me now 37 weeks and counting . . . .

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 29, 2013 at 1:35 pm (3 years ago)

      Wow, Rhian. I hope the next three weeks go super fast for you and the sciatica doesn’t get too bad.

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  12. Talia
    November 29, 2013 at 9:18 am (3 years ago)

    I’ll be 41 weeks on Sunday! I wish I knew how DIFFERENT pregnancies could be! My first son was born at 39 weeks, so to go this far is a bit of a surprise!
    Also, I hear ya on the skin tags. I didn’t get any with my first pregnancy, and here they are ALL OVER THE PLACE with this one. Yikes!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 29, 2013 at 1:36 pm (3 years ago)

      41 weeks, Talia! You must be well and truly over it! I will be listening closely for details on the birth πŸ™‚

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  13. Aroha @ Colours of Sunset
    November 29, 2013 at 9:49 am (3 years ago)

    I wish I had known that what I was feeling was not “normal” much sooner than the 18 months it took to finally see someone and get the proper diagnosis. Although that’s not about pregnancy so much as it is about childbirth and becoming a mother. For pregnancy, I wish I had known that what weight you put on, must come off, maybe I wouldn’t have eaten so much! πŸ˜‰

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 29, 2013 at 1:37 pm (3 years ago)

      Ahh yes, that’s a good one, Aroha. And a good point too about knowing what’s not normal. There are definitely some gaps in the pregnancy/child birth books out there.

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  14. Kim@spiritedmama
    November 29, 2013 at 11:26 am (3 years ago)

    Oh you poor thing. I began to feel ill reading it. I got none of that – I was an absolute picture of blossoming health … But I did the entire pregnancy alone – my partner and I had separated before I knew I was pregnant. We kept in touch but knew getting back together wasn’t going to work … So in some ways I think we all deal with what we can just cope with – I don’t think I could have done what I did feeling sick – I wouldn’t have mentally been able to do it – we are stong though, us women x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 29, 2013 at 1:38 pm (3 years ago)

      That’s right, Kim. I truly agree that the universe gives us what we can cope with too. x

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  15. Kate
    November 29, 2013 at 12:58 pm (3 years ago)

    I have to say I do not like being pregnant, especially during the height of summer and the attractiveness of fluid retention and swollen ankles! Yuk. The kicks are pretty special though, I’m still missing them 6 months after the second pregnancy – babies are so much easier to control when they are still on the inside πŸ™‚ Great photo!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 29, 2013 at 1:39 pm (3 years ago)

      Hahah, yes they sure are. I do miss the kicks. Sheer excitement every time πŸ™‚

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  16. Grace
    November 29, 2013 at 1:20 pm (3 years ago)

    I loved being pregnant…for the most part! Then I got to 30 weeks and started getting excruciating groin pains and thought, “WTF??!”
    That photo of you at 14 weeks is actually really cute. Although, I’m sure that’s not what you were feeling at the time!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 29, 2013 at 1:40 pm (3 years ago)

      Hahaha yep, I was feeling far from cute. Groin pain sounds awful. I can’t imagine how I tiny person like you carried twins!

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  17. Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    November 29, 2013 at 2:55 pm (3 years ago)

    My last pregnancy was 10 years ago. I can no longer remember what I wish I knew. Because (a) I have never retrieved my pre-pregnancy memory and (b) I now of course know it all!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 30, 2013 at 6:39 am (3 years ago)

      Lol. Very clever, Leanne. So the memory never comes back then? Hmmm πŸ™‚

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  18. floodproofmum
    November 29, 2013 at 4:33 pm (3 years ago)

    So glad all that was so long ago πŸ™‚ My morning sickness cure was plain ice cream cones. I went through lots of them! No more babies for me. After the twins (who are not identical) were born, they told me I could ovulate several eggs at a time and could have more multiple births….yep, I had the snip! πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 30, 2013 at 6:41 am (3 years ago)

      Oh my goodness! Aren’t you clever?! Plain ice cream cones is an interesting one. Whatever works, right? πŸ™‚

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  19. Sam Stone @ A Life on Venus
    November 29, 2013 at 5:22 pm (3 years ago)

    What a great idea for someone who is yet to be pregnant and learn the horrors. Both you and Erin are super ladies.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      November 30, 2013 at 6:41 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Sam πŸ™‚

      Reply
  20. Carolyn @ Champagne Cartel
    November 30, 2013 at 7:43 am (3 years ago)

    Honestly, I’m glad I didn’t know all of that stuff. I might have never done it! You poor thing – it sounds like you had a tough time.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 1, 2013 at 6:27 am (3 years ago)

      It’s all worth it though πŸ™‚

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  21. Lucy @ Bake Play Smile
    November 30, 2013 at 6:46 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh that photo cracks me up!! It’s never good when you end up lying on the coffee table lol! Unfortunately I haven’t been lucky enough to be pregnant yet, but I am soaking up all of your and your readers comments for future reference! πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      December 1, 2013 at 6:27 am (3 years ago)

      Haha, yes, when you can’t make it to the couch, you know it’s bad πŸ™‚

      Reply

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