The bump chronicles #6: On feeling like a bit of a goddess and the costs and benefits of being pregnant

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.


Little O’s current size but hopefully not constitution… unless it takes after my Oupa Roy (maternal grandfather)

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!


  1. I think a lot of folks would agree that a baby bump is indeed sexy. I can’t believe that you had to pay to use a bathroom – hopefully that means they were cleaner than your average ones.

    1. abbiosbiston

      They were magnificently clean so I guess in a way it was worth it but when you pee all the time , it gets pricey quickly! Lol!

  2. I really like your “baby bump” series. It’s interesting to read when somebody writes about things honestly. 🙂 I’m not going to be mother (probably ever) but it’s still nice to join to your journey.

    1. abbiosbiston

      Thank you! I think pregnancy in particular has taken on a kind of mythical quality and some parts of it are quite magical like feeling your baby move and hearing its heartbeat but some of it is downright horrible and people need to know what they’re getting into! Lol! I never thought I wanted to be a mother until I met Mr O, so you never know!

  3. Having never been pregnant I can’t shed any light on the sexy goddess issue, but I am amazed that pregnant women get free dental treatment under the NHS! That is amazing because that shiz is expensive.

    1. abbiosbiston

      It’s an excellent benefit. I think it’s all about remaining in the best possible health throughout pregnancy. We get free prescriptions as well.

  4. I am really loving these articles Abbi, they are awesome! I love that dental benefit, how useful! But paying for the ladies’ every time?!

    1. abbiosbiston

      I’m glad! The dental one is great because dental is the one health thing we pay for here so it can be very pricy.

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