I’m just about to have my third bub and for some reason, this time around, I feel like I have been pregnant for a lifetime.
Come to think of it, I’ve been having kids for the last 5 years or so now so that aint far from the truth.
I’ve been on struggle town for the last 8 months. At the tail end of it now and I can’t bend over, touch my toes or even see my toes for that matter.
It is a damn good excuse not to vacuum, do large food shops, (hello on-line grocery shopping), or take the bins out.
Not so great during my hundred or so toilet visits a day.
Everything just seems so hard. I recall it being hard with my first, a walk in the park with the second and now with the third – well this is a whole new ball game.
There is the constant heartburn, the 22kg weight gain, the bleeding gums when I brush my teeth, the random blood noses, the excruciatingly painful lower back, the excess fluid causing immensely swollen legs (that’s my excuse and I’m sticking to it), the insatiable desire to drink Ribena ALL day, the sheer exhaustion 24/7 and the low libido. We can’t forget about the low libido that went out the window six months ago.
Oh how I love the ever so patient hubster.
Then there are the comments.
I know people mean well but when you get very big early on in pregnancy, have placenta previa, incontinence throughout the entire second and third trimesters, an umbilical hernia and torn groin ligaments as a result of being chased in a park by a strange man at 28 weeks, you kind of just wish that people would leave their comments to themselves. Yes that really happened.
Here are 10 things that I recommend you don’t say to a pregnant woman when you can see that she is clearly struggling.
1. Are you sure there is only one in there?
Of course I’m sure. In this day and age, we have things called ultrasounds. I have had five already and I can assure you, if there was more than one in there, I’d be the first to know.
2. You’re looking fabulous!
Really? Is it the oily hair that hasn’t been washed in over a week that gives it away or perhaps my XL Cotton On pants that are two sizes too small for me. Perhaps you want to start that sentence again.
3. It’s so nice to see that you’re enjoying your last few days of freedom.
Actually I’m only 4 months pregnant but carry on walking your little pooches, head over to the café on the hill over there and grab yourself a warm glass of “shut the f*!@ up.
4. Surely you must be due soon.
Surely, I must be but I’m NOT. I’ve still got 13 weeks to go.
5. Oh look I can feel a limb. Look it really is a limb!
Actually no, that’s my belly button and I have an umbilical hernia which is why it is protruding like this. Now, please get your drunken little mitts off me and go and annoy somebody else.
6. You’re still hanging in there?
Yes I am. Do I have much of a choice?
7. You were big with the first two but never quite this big.
Oh you’re so sweet. Yes we like to grow them big in this house.
8. When are you due? Any minute now by the looks of things.
If I tell you again, will you promise to stop asking me EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.I.SEE.YOU???
9. Don’t worry, you’ll lose all that weight once you start breastfeeding.
Is that right? What if I choose not to breastfeed or I can’t breastfeed? However will I lose all this weight then? Newsflash – weight loss comes from lots of hard work and healthy eating and at a time that I feel my body can handle getting active again.
10. You’re going for number 3? Wow, you’re gamer than I am!
Yes, I thrive under pressure and have always loved a challenge. Now I don’t judge you so stop getting all judgey mc judge on me.
I have become very tough skinned over the past 8 months, that’s for sure. All this aside, we are super excited and waiting in anticipation at meeting the new edition to our beautiful family very, very soon.
Has anyone else experienced some interesting comments during their pregnancy? Hit me with them.
Linking up with Grace from With Some Grace for FYBF.