Weeks pregnant: 17
Baby size in vegetables: Turnip (again there is no emoji for a turnip)
Before I got pregnant I wasn’t convinced I was going to like having a pregnant body. I spent the largest part of the last three years changing my body completely and controlling and molding its shape. While I really wanted to have a baby, I didn’t expect to like actually being pregnant and losing control of the shape of my body… and let’s face it, based on my previous posts during the first trimester I didn’t like it much.
However so far the second trimester is a bit of a different ball game and I am surprised to discover that I love my pregnant body… more than I have ever loved my body… even more than when I was starting to get visible obliques just before I got pregnant. I love looking at my burgeoning bump, especially in contrast with my toned arms and legs. I love the way it curves and that there is a whole little human being built and nurtured in there. And if I am honest I have never felt sexier in my life. I suppose it also helps that I appear to have developed that famed pregnancy glow and that my skin and hair are definitely benefiting. So I suppose I am putting this question out there for other mums and mums-to-be… did being pregnant make you feel like a bit of a goddess? Am I the only one that thinks a baby bump is sexy or have I gone a bit mad?
In other news I have discovered that being pregnant has its financial pros and cons. Following a work conference in Berlin at the end of last week I decided to stay on and explore the city a bit (more about this coming up in a future blog). I soon discovered that there aren’t really any free public bathrooms in Berlin. Even if you go to a coffee shop and actually buy a coffee, they will charge you to go to the loo. I now pee about twenty times more often a day than I did before I was pregnant so in just one day I spent €2 on trips to the ladies!
On the other hand I had to get a filling repaired at the dentist this morning along with a general check-up, both of which cost me nothing since the NHS doesn’t charge pregnant women or women who have given birth in the last year for dental treatment.
Overall I think I am probably up!