When I first announced I was pregnant, I was a little overwhelmed with the amount of advice and opinions that were thrown my way (whether I asked for them or not). Don't get me wrong, as a first-timer I welcomed it with open arms, as I really had no idea what to expect. But at the same time I knew that each and every pregnancy is completely different and that what one person said may not necessarily be fitting for me.
So with that, I'm not going to sit here and preach about what should and shouldn't be done, but tell you how I've personally found these past nine months...
Being pregnant is really hard. I don't think many women feel comfortable enough to say this, as it is meant to be the most magical time of our lives (which it is) but I don't want to sugar coat it in any way!
The emotional journey has been more of a struggle for me than the physical. As quite an emotional person anyway, there were times I did find myself get quite down. I wouldn't say depressed, as I think that is a really strong term, but there were certainly moments I wondered how on earth I was going to get through the nine months ahead of me! Thankfully I have the most wonderful husband, family and friends who have been so supportive and have always been an ear to listen or a shoulder to try on. I really am so lucky to have them!
Of course, even with the struggles, there are some incredible moments to pregnancy that I will honestly treasure. Hearing its heartbeat, seeing its little bean-like shape for the first time, feeling it move... it makes it all worth it.
I've met so many lovely pregnant ladies and new mummies through my blog, and have loved being able to go on this little journey with you! Even those of you who aren't planning on having a family anytime soon, it's been so wonderful being able to talk about anything and everything with you. I really feel like I've made some true friends, and really hope that we can meet up soon - who's up for arranging a little get together?!
I feel a little sad that these updates will be coming to an end, but I'm excited to share the next part of this journey with you. I hope you'll stick around to finally find out if Baby J is a boy or girl!