Mother-to-be experiences

I got a lot of requests to write a post about how my life has changed now that I’m expecting a baby.
The truth is, however, it hasn’t changed much at all. Being pregnant turns out to be much easier than what I had expected (maybe I’m just lucky, though).
Here are some random facts about my current situation:

- I sleep a lot. Sometimes 10-11 hours in a row!

- I have a pretty small belly for someone who’s 7 months pregnant, so many people don’t realise that I am! Especially now that it’s winter.

- Having a small belly is very convenient in many ways. For example, it’s not in the way when I sleep.

- Also, I don’t need to buy any maternity clothing!

- However, Hannes still needs to tie my shoe laces, because I can’t really bend.

- For some reason, in the mornings my belly is almost flat, and it gets bigger in the evening. Somehow it “folds in” when I sleep.

- Obviously, I don’t drink alcohol.

- I’m not allowed to eat blue cheese and a lot of other French cheeses, either. Sometimes I can’t help it, though.

- I drink coffee, eat sushi and occasional medium rare steaks, too. Many of you have asked if I’m allowed to.

- I walk a lot, several hours a day. Before it got this cold, I used to bring Greger along. Now I walk and listen to Italian lessons on my Iphone instead.

- Like most pregnant women, I get a heartburn every now and then. It’s a burning sensation in your chest and throat. Pretty unpleasant, but not that bad, and it can be easily remedied with any food that contains calcium, like yoghurt, cheese or even ice-cream!

- I paint my nails several times a week and I have cut my hair twice while being pregnant. For some reason, many of you have asked about this.

- So far, I’ve gained about 4 kg (8.8 pounds).

- Now that I’m expecting a baby, I only want to experience positive emotions. This is why I’ve stopped forcing myself to do things I don’t want to (for example, I only except job tasks that I find fun and interesting) and meet up with people I don’t feel like meeting. My midwife says that’s the way to go.

- Hannes and I are going to have to move to a bigger place now that we’re getting a new family member. This will be so fun! The moving is planned to take place either in the end of this year or in the beginning of 2013. The best part is that I won’t have to do anything, except packing some of my precious belongings into boxes!

- We have already bought a very cool baby stroller and a white bed for the baby. I think we’re ready!

- We both are very happy we’re getting a boy (Hannes is extremely proud that he’s about to become the father of a son!), but of course, we would have been equally happy for a girl.

- On the other hand, I feel that I would go bankrupt if I had a girl! There’s so much extremely cute clothing for baby girls in the shops! I would go crazy with all those tiny dresses and blouses. It’s not really the same in the boys’ department.

- I think we already know the name of our baby boy, but I’m not going to tell you just yet, in case we change our mind.

- This baby will be the first grandchild both for my parents and for Hannes’. Needless to say, our families can hardly wait to get their hands on him!

- Of course, Hannes will be there with me during the birth. He wants to be the first one to see his son, and I will definitely need some company!

- Soon we’re going to attend some meetings for parents-to-be, where we’ll get the chance to meet other couples expecting a child in February. Not exactly looking forward to that, but who knows, it might be useful.

- The baby kicks around like crazy. Sometimes I lay in bed with Greger laying on me, and suddenly the baby kicks him pretty hard! When it happens, Greger gets really offended and leaves. Once I put a cup of coffee on my stomach while typing, and the baby spilled everything on the bed!

These are some of the things I can think of right now. I hope it answers some of your questions! Of course, you can ask anything, and maybe then I’ll do another post like this.


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19 Responses to Mother-to-be experiences

  1. pardeep says:

    It’s look like a movie story……… nice written

    Best wishes :)

  2. pardeep says:

    yes it is :)

    interesting !

  3. Melanie says:

    Wow, you really are lucky! It sounds so nice it even made me smile!

  4. I think you’ve been really lucky ;) !

  5. Nina says:

    Thank you for the post! =) It’s really fun to read, I wouldn’t say no to another ones ^^

    PS: My boyfriend’s step mother gave birth to a little baby boy recently, and her belly was really little too. Nobody believed that she was 8 months pregnant until she gave birth :D

  6. Mady says:

    congrats on your baby, motherhood is an amazing experience…I can’t wait to be a mom someday…


  7. Marion says:

    The story with the cup of coffee is so funny! That boy has quite a temper! Best wishes :-)

  8. Laura says:

    Aww, so happy for you and Hannes. These sound like wonderful experiences you two (three!) are experiencing…
    And the kicking stories are so cute! :D

  9. Vera V. says:

    Thank you, Antonia! It is a great post! And I also wonder at what age Swedish women usually give birth to their first child. Do you have many friends of your age who have got a baby?

  10. Katrina says:

    Awww reading this makes me miss being pregnant! I had a fairly smooth pregnancy as well. It was a very positive experience I really treasure. Love every moment of it! Obviously, life will change, but that’s not a bad thing at all!

    I was also the first of my friends to have children. I can be very isolating. You find out quickly who your real friends are! First grandchild too, so he’s certainly a joy to both sets of grandparents.

    • Antonia says:

      Yes, so far it’s been a joy! Hopefully it’ll stay this way, there are not many weeks left after all:) Of course it’s a change, but such a wonderful one!
      As for my friends, they’ve been so supportive. I’m blessed with amazing people around me, and I know nothing will change between us when I’ll get a child.
      I’m so happy for you that you had a good pregnancy experience (I’ve heard so many horrible stories from other women..)! When was it?

  11. olga says:

    :D mine was like this when I was 3-4 m pregnant! you are lucky and so sweet! take care!

  12. Nani Wijaya Nasution says:

    Hi Antonia, I am so happy to find and read your blog about the life in Sweden, I find it really interesting. I am from Indonesia, in Southeast Asia.
    Is that really you on that picture?! Gosh, you are very sexy!
    Best wishes for you and the baby.
    Warm Regards;-)

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