Friday, June 18, 2010

Top 10 signs you are pregnant with your second child...

This pregnancy has been so different from my first - I've been much sicker, more tired and I feel like my belly popped out straight away and I couldn't wear any of my regular pants after only a few weeks. I'm not sure how much of this is because I'm also looking after a 4 year old, or because I'm almost 5 years older, or because I've actually just blocked out most of the unpleasantness from my memory, but it certainly feels different. I've also wondered whether I might be feeling different because it's a girl this time (don't know, won't find out) or because it's twins (also don't know, but haven't had a scan yet - more on that later). Anyway, I'm having such a classic "blame it on the pregnancy" day I thought I'd share some of my foibles with you.

Top 10 signs you are pregnant (and also trying to keep amused (and fed and safe) an under-5 year old):

1. You pull out your maternity clothes from 5 years ago and gag over the pink velour maternity track suit that somehow seemed like a good idea at the time, but you still wear it, and although you consider changing out of it before leaving the house you decide that it's actually pretty comfy and you don't really care who you run into at the supermarket. [Please note, this is not a picture of me, but it is a close approximation of what I am wearing right now.]

2. You go to the supermarket to buy (rice) milk and end up with a jar of dill pickles, a jar of mayonnaise and some granola bars.

3. You're craving all the comfort foods from your childhood (most of which your mother rarely let you eat) such as: tuna salad (which you shouldn't eat because of the mercury), kraft macaroni & cheese (which you shouldn't eat for so many reasons it would take a Phd thesis to cover them all), cinnamon toast crunch (which they don't sell in Australia, but you find something close enough made by Uncle Toby's until you discover it is owned by Nestle - another Phd topic) and Nature Valley Granola Bars which thankfully are pretty healthy (although not organic) and available in Australia, and they still taste exactly the same as they did 25 years ago!!

4. You forget the pin number on not one, but two of your credit cards.

5. You forget to pay not one, but three of your credit cards on time and get embarrassing phone calls while you are on the train.

6. You actually buy the crappy celebrity gossip magazine that you would not normally buy (but will always happily read at a friend's house).

7. You have a craving for Phở (vietnamese noodle soup) and decide you want it not only for lunch, but for breakfast and dinner as well.

8. You don't bother reading any pregnancy books or even looking stuff up online, you just ask a friend who is pregnant for the first time whether those shooting pains in your groin are normal.

9. You think that maybe it would be a good time to start doing those pelvic floor exercises, but then think, what's the point, I'm just going to have to do them all over again after giving birth.

10. You are so behind in your laundry that you decide that wearing mismatched socks, or even socks with big holes in the soles is ok. And certainly easier than actually doing laundry or buying new organic socks.


Anonymous said...

Pickles? How classic!
Flax non-maternity clothes popular with Ithaca moms-to-be are in the mail. Let me know if you need a shipment of comfort foods.
This is your mother speaking: start doing those exercises NOW--all of them (core and pelvic floor). Being in shape will make both the pregnancy and the birth much easier (think back strain).

Rachel - Planet-Cards said...

I love crappy celebrity magazines! I wonder what I'll start reading when I'm pregnant...

Good advice for the signs! Made me giggle! Especially the supermarket shop and forgetfulness :p

Schalkies Downunder said...

Sounds like me! And some of this is just because it is the 2nd time around! Belly is already stretched, so will extend immediately and I also had everything worse the 2nd time around. Much sicker, more pelvis aches, etc. And my pregnancies were only 20 months apart, so that's not a factor. Age might be, but I was 31 and not yet 33.
Does this help, or make it worse???

Annie said...

Thanks for the comment Sandra, I'd leave one on your blog but I can't read a word of it! Love the pics though :-) xxA

Claudia in Budapest said...

Oh my gosh - this is so funny Annie :) I've never even been pregnant but I find it hilarious hahahah