9 months in three paragraphs (p1)

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9 months in three paragraphs (p1)

July 9, 2016

“Congratulations You’re Expecting!” Your news is exciting and you want to call up everyone you know and shout ‘I’m pregnant!’ but you don’t because you’ve been told to wait ten weeks, it’s the first trimester (or was that semester) and you don’t want to jinx it. You and your partner celebrate quietly together with sparkling water and cuddles. It is T1 now, you will soon become an expert on all three trimesters as you scour the net or the latest edition of ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’ and seek out expert advise on what to eat and what not to eat and how much you should be eating (not for two…shucks). When it’s finally time to tell the world you make the calls and talk for hours with your friends, some of whom are already Moms. You are energized by the camaraderie and advice and exchange of stories and you are greatly relieved that your little petal has made it safely through the initial weeks . You are part of the club now! No need to hide anything; -yet you still don’t tell your boss (that can wait). You begin to experience 24hour morning sickness and your prenatal vitamins seemingly grow larger by the day. You seek out home remedies to counter the nausea (you find Bump Boons Bars and you can keep them down! Relief!) You feel too small for dates (you should be showing right? (wrong))   You wish you were showing like the week 15 diagram in the book. You worry that something is wrong then Google images of other pregnant women with your dates and find relief. You’re increasingly tired and (still) nauseous. You are grumpy and emotional at times (he says, its like your on your cycle everyday now…and you get upset and don’t speak to him for two days. The ginger works a little and you try to eat enough when you can. You weigh yourself each morning hoping you will be a little more up then down in weight. You think of food in terms of nutritional value not flavor because nothing tastes good right now. T2 where are you (you think gingerly)…(to be continued- Yes, it’s a three part series!)

By Claudia Marion: Claudia is a mother of four. She’s also President and co-founder at Stork and Dove. He ‘9 months’ blog is based on (her) experience only (though she feels it’s fairly universal!)