Wednesday, 2 January 2013

Being Pregnant: First Movements

When I found out I was pregnant with Meg I didn't know what to expect.  I don't think I'd ever really paid attention to what pregnancy involved before.  The only memory I have is of a friend being pregnant and sitting on my sofa with her feet in the air as they kept swelling.  So in terms of the physical changes that would happen to my body, I hadn't the slightest idea!

Somewhat naively I didn't read any books about pregnancy and so each stage almost felt unexpected and new.  The thing I remember most is the wonder I felt when I sensed those first fluttering movements.  It was like being tickled from the inside and I knew without a doubt that it was the baby, even though it was earlier than most people had said to expect it. 

It wasn't too long before those flutterings turned into pokes and nudges, especially when I'd had something sugary to eat or drink!

I also had a very compact bump, whether this was due to the fact that I was walking 5 miles a day through most of my pregnancy or whether it was just good stomach muscles(!) I looked as though I was smuggling a football under my top for most of my pregnancy.  I suspect the former as I ballooned up once I started maternity leave and didn't have to walk anymore!

Bump at 6 months

Bump at 8 months once I'd given up walking!

The upside/downside of having such a compact bump was that I felt every single movement.  Meg was all elbows and knees and I would often wake up in the morning to a hard point poking out of my bump.

It really was an amazing experience of how life is created.  If I poked at the bump, later on in the pregnancy, she would nudge back.  I also love this scan photo we have of Meg sucking her thumb...who knew that babies could suck their thumbs in the womb...I certainly didn't!


I captured this video when I was 8 months pregnant (incidentally the night before I passed my driving test!) and I am still amazed when I watch it now.  Watch closely!



It really was a case of baby saying hello, it's just a shame it was about 3am in the morning!

I have to admit that I was completely fascinated when I first felt Meg kick.  There isn't another sensation in the world I could compare it to.  I would happily spend hours watching my bump move and little limbs poke out of the sides.  Unfortunately I didn't get this opportunity with Eli as my bump was much larger, much faster and I think he was swallowed up (plus he was a whopping 8lb 13oz compared to Meg's 7lb 2oz so by the end I don't think he had much space for wriggling!)

Although, I will say that it is not pleasant to have such a compact bump when a doctor decides at 38 weeks that your baby might be breech and proceeds to grip the hard lump he can see sticking out trying to determine if it's a bottom or a head...possibly one of the most nauseating moments I've had, and it hurt too!

I can forget the heaviness, swelling feet, aching back and all the other lovely things that come with being pregnant when I remember the warm feeling it gave me to feel my baby move!

9 comments:

  1. Aw, such a lovely post. You really did have a compact bump, and no stretch marks you lucky thing! The movements really are amazing aren't they? Definitely the part of pregnancy I miss the most. Although I do still feel random pokes and flutters but apparently that's common once you've had a baby? x

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    1. Oh I get that too, didn't realise it was connected to having a baby! It often makes me stop and try to remember whether there's a possibility of baby number 3 lurking in there lol! As for stretch marks they were all saved for Eli...I properly ballooned up with him!

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  2. Lovely post jess. I love the video and miss that feelin but that's about it!x

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    1. There are a lot of unfortunate things that happen when you're pregnant aren't there!

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  3. Awwww I wish I'd had all this! At 27 weeks I'd just started to feel outside movements, and then out he came :(

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    1. Awww. I don't know how unusual it is as I didn't have anything like it with Eli. He kicked a lot later and only gentle bumps not poky knees and elbows like Meg :)

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  4. My two were completely different two and such a tiny bump!

    Thisdayilove

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    1. I find it so interesting how each pregnancy is so different. Second time round it wasn't so tiny!!

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  5. What a lovely post, your bump is so much smaller than mine was, i added to mine with daily McDonalds and chocolate.......

    J x

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