Interview with Jess from Mumzynot – The Yummy Mummy’s Bible
What was your favourite part of being pregnant?
My favourite part of being pregnant had to be the thicker hair and that pregnancy glow you get in the second trimester.
I also loved dressing my bump and experimenting with different looks and styles.
What was the worst bit about being pregnant?
The chronic back pain I developed in the last few weeks of my pregnancy. I could hardly walk which for me was torture as I hate sitting still.
I also missed my wine terribly!
Did you develop any strange cravings or strong aversions to anything?
I was addicted to cheese and pickle sandwiches, and quavers. Literally could not get enough. Aversions wise, I really went off fish and vegetables, I think this was my body telling me to stop being so healthy and indulge in some treats.
Did you find out the sex of your baby before the birth? If so, why?
Yes. I was going to keep it a secret but when it came to the scan I thought to myself, why? People like the surprise, but It’s a surprise whenever you find out.
I also wanted to get shopping. There is only so much grey and white you can buy.
Would you say that you got the birth that you wanted? If not, why?
Right from the beginning I was adamant that I didn’t want any pain relief and was keen on the idea of a water birth. Unfortunately due to my back problems I didn’t get into the bath (I just really did not fancy it. I didn’t want to move off the bed!) I did however manage to get through labour without any pain relief, even gas and air, which I tried but hated. Towards the end I was screaming for an epidural but my husband had done a great job at putting me off. (This was in my birth plan) When he finally gave in and told drs to give it to me, it was too late. I’m so glad.
What are your overriding feelings about the birth?
I would have to say the most overriding feelings about the birth were , that was tough! Worth every second of course, but the most challenging thing I have ever experienced both mentally and physically.
Did anything shock or surprise you about pregnancy, birth or after? Is there something you wish that someone had told you?
I was definitely shocked at how demanding breastfeeding can be. Literally every few hours for those first few months. In the evenings it seemed to be constant. I didn’t follow any routine and instead fed on demand, which I think helped establish a really good night time sleep pattern very early on – Baby filled up so much in the day and evening that she lasted through the night. I plan to do the same with number two. Hopefully my theory works.
How much weight did you gain and did you find it easy to lose?
I’m not 100% sure, as I tried not to weigh myself too much. I think just over two stone. I would say within nine months I was back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I credit breastfeeding and walking EVERYWHERE. They say it takes nine months to put it on, and nine months to get back to normal. I totally agree.
Did you exercise during your pregnancy?
Yes I kept up my gym visits until the middle of my second trimester and then tried to go for at least a 30 minute dog walk every day. Nothing too crazy, but something every day.
Has your body changed in ways that you dislike? If so, do you want to do anything about this?
The only think I dislike is how my boobs have changed. Nothing too ghastly but they have definitely lost that pertness. I would consider surgery, but only once I have finished having babies.
Did you attend any antenatal classes and what were your thoughts on them?
Yes we did NCT. It was the best money ever spent, not for what was learn, but for the friends I made. There are three of us that still see each other at least once a week and the babies are such great friends too. Whilst we were on our maternity leave we saw each other practically every day. That support and friendship is invaluable.
What one piece of advice would you pass on to a pregnant friend?
Do you have any fashion or beauty tips to share with other pregnant women?
Beauty wise, and most importantly to avoid stretchmarks, make sure you keep hydrated and moisturised. A twice daily doze of moisturiser or stretch mark oil and at least two litres of water a day. Even now I won’t leave the house without a bottle of water in my bag. Also try to keep active, even if you just walk for 20 minutes a day.
When it comes to fashion, never use pregnancy or being a mum as an excuse to not care about your appearance. There is always time to make a little bit of effort with your clothes, hair and make-up. It will instantly make you feel better about yourself too.
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