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.
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.
All you need to do is:
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.