With a baby on the way, there's not too much you can do except sit back and twiddle your thumbs, right? Wrong! Pregnancy is in itself a magical time for an expectant mum. Your body is going through a lot of change and, while there are a fair few aches and pains that come with that, it also allows for a lot of good old-fashioned relaxation and 'me' time. After all, that pregnant glow isn't going to maintain itself!
To help you make the most of this special time in your life, here's a list of the seven best things about being pregnant, as decided by all the mums I know.
1. it's time to buy a brand new wardrobe
Let’s be honest – we all love having an excuse to buy a new outfit. Pregnancy is your chance to choose a whole new capsule wardrobe; and today’s maternity clothes come in all the latest styles. One of the lesser-known interesting facts about being pregnant is that your feet get a bit bigger – so you can update your shoe rack, too.
2. you can eat what you like (within reason!)
Sadly, the old “eating for two” advice has been disproved. However, don’t be too disappointed, as food is still a super-important part of pregnancy. Nobody will bat an eyelid if you choose Yorkshire puddings for breakfast or spend an entire day grazing on grapes and crackers. Hopefully you’ll crave something really delicious, and not spend several months chowing down on dry cereal...
3. sit down on the bus: you have priority
Chances are you haven’t had a seat on the bus since your school days. Welcome back to the Age of Chivalry, with people offering you their chairs on the tube or train. Grab the opportunity to take the weight off your feet for a while: people genuinely want to help a mum-to-be.
4. you're allowed to binge on boxsets
Thanks to Netflix, iPlayer and all those other viewing options, it’s a great time to be pregnant. Schedule in a few boxsets for the third trimester, and put your feet up in front of the telly. It’s also worth downloading shows for when baby arrives: you’ll spend a lot of the early days feeding on the sofa.
5. you can try new activities
Yes, really! OK, we don’t suggest you take up coasteering. However, if you’ve ever fancied yoga or a water-based exercise class, this is a great time to start. You don’t have to worry if you’re not flexible, or feel self-conscious in your swimwear. You’re pregnant, and not expected to be at Olympic level. Enjoy the exercise and company.
6. it's easy to meet new friends
Joining a new class or an NCT (National Childbirth Trust, a parenting support charity) group is a lovely way to meet new friends. As your babies will all arrive at roughly the same time, this also conveniently lines up company for the early days of parenting. You’ll experience pregnancy and early parenthood together – creating a bond that can last for life.
7. getting your own little baby at the end of it
And of course, this is the best bit about being pregnant. The wonderful sense of anticipation combined with gentle reminders from your wriggling little passenger that they'll be here soon can make this the most beautiful time of your life. Enjoy moments of reflection about your pregnancy and baby – oh, and shopping for tiny baby clothes and nursery furniture adds to the excitement.