Welcome to my pregnancy series.
Just a quick disclaimer for any family or close friends reading, these pregnancy posts are going to be a little TMI (too much information – clarifying for the noobs) by their nature.
Read on for a nosey about my first thoughts.
When I found out I was pregnant I was delighted, scared, nervous but mostly excited.
It was early July. I had only been back from my holiday in Lille for a week or so and I just had this feeling that I needed to take a pregnancy test. Well, it was more than a feeling, my boobs hurt so much and that’s not something I normally experience during the run-up to my time of the month.
I grabbed one of those cheap pregnancy sticks, ignored all the rules because I’m really impatient when it comes to things like this and took the test right away. It’s best to take the pregnancy test first thing in the morning because your urine contains the highest concentration of HCG – the pregnancy hormone.
I’ll be honest, I can’t quite remember if there was a super faint second line or a pretty obvious one. Either way, it was there but I wanted to make sure. So I headed straight out and picked up one of the bougie tests. You know, the ones that seem to come on as an advert before every YouTube video. The fancy shiny ones with a little screen that tells you how many weeks along you are.
I saved this second test ’til the following morning.
I mean, I knew deep down I was quite clearly pregnant but I thought I’d have a little patience and save some excitement for the following day. I was pretty nervous about the whole thing too.
Yep, there it was, clear as day.
The words confirming I was pregnant.
I didn’t really know what to do next (after telling Phil, of course). So, I did what any millennial would do and headed to my dear friend Google.
The following thoughts ran through my head:
Was I meant to call my Doctor?
Was there a place to contact a midwife?
Which supplements should I start taking?
OMG I haven’t visited Japan yet!
It turns out that when you find out you’re pregnant you just give your local a GP a call and they’ll book you in to see a midwife. My appointment wasn’t ’til 3 months had passed by. I mean, I understand there isn’t really much to see or even say. However, it would have been useful to have a professional to chat to at the start of this journey and to be made aware of the importance of taking folic acid and vitamin D.
I can’t quite believe that 5 months have gone by since then. Time is flying by and I very much want to savour the months I of pregnancy I have left.
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