5 Post Pregnancy Surprises
For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to be a mum. When we first started trying for our first baby, I would stare longingly at every pregnant women I saw, desperately wanting to have a bump of my own.
I knew that I would love being pregnant. I just knew it. Then I got pregnant – woo hoo!
I did not love being pregnant. I mean, I didn’t hate it, but I wasn’t quite prepared for the weird pregnancy symptoms I experienced. The things they don’t tell you about. It didn’t stop me going for a second baby though!
I was surprised at how much pregnancy affected me but more than that, I was surprised at the difference I felt after pregnancy too. Here were my top 5 post pregnancy surprises:
1. Body Confidence
Yes, confidence! Rather than reeling in disappointment at how my post-pregnancy body looks, I actually feel a whole lot more confident.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m dealing with losing the baby weight now, my back still kills and my boobs will likely never be the same again but I honestly don’t care all that much.
Now that I’ve seen the extraordinary lengths my body has gone through to produce, carry and birth a baby, I have a new found respect for it. I’m proud of my body – as we all should be, mother or not.
Yes, I want to lose weight. Yes, I’d like to make some minor adjustments and yes, I want to be a stronger and healthier role model for myself and my children but body hangups just do not keep me up at night. Surprise!
2. New Friends
Before pregnancy I had no idea about the new parent club that was about to open it’s supportive, kind arms to me upon becoming a mother.
I joined a mums and babies group soon after having my first baby and it was a life changing decision to go – for the very best. Over 2 years on, I still speak to my mums group so frequently (albeit it on email since we moved overseas) and I know they’re always there for me – me and my constant questions on motherhood!
As a blogger, I’ve also recently discovered the wonderful world of parenting bloggers. They’re not only there for blogging and technical advice but they’re also a huge community of other parents who I’ve found to be overwhelmingly friendly and supportive.
Even better is that there is literally always another blogger to talk to whatever the time of day or night – just check Twitter – surprise!
3. Even Bigger Boobs
I’m not going to go into this too much. Well, for obvious reasons. Let’s just say, I didn’t ask for bigger boobs and it wasn’t exactly a welcomed surprise.
I also did not appreciate how much I had undervalued the power of the underwired bra pre-pregnancy. Surprise!
4. More Sleep
Yes, MORE sleep. I’m not talking a full night’s sleep of course. Don’t be ridiculous.
I just found pregnancy sooo uncomfortable that I barely slept so now the baby is out, I’m actually getting more sleep than I was before! Pelvic pain and pregnancy reflux have a LOT to answer for.
I never knew that it was possible to get more sleep with a newborn than with the pregnancy aches and pains that some of us have to deal with. Surprise!
5. Getting used to early rising
I used to only ever see 6am when I was coming in after a BIG night or on the way to the airport for an early flight to Ibiza!
I would leave getting up for work until the very VERY last minute. Oh, how I cherished sleep (see no. 4).
When my first baby was born, I think it took me a good 18 months before I can say I got used to getting up at 6-7am every day. Thankfully now, with the addition of baby #2, I’m well used to it. Getting up early is now the norm.
It’s taken me 30-odd years to give in to the need to get up early – I’ve fought the good fight but now I relent! I can’t say I like it but even on the very rare occasions I have the opportunity to have a lie in, I can’t! I lie in bed, wide awake, planning all of the things I can do before 10am. I don’t miss having the opportunity to lie in, I miss having the skill to lie in – surprise!
What changes surprised you after pregnancy? Have you embraced wobbly tummies and early starts too?