I remember the phone call well. I was speaking to a close friend I hadn’t seen for some time. It was a couple of weeks after finding out I was pregnant. I just couldnt keep the news to myself any longer so I spilled the beans – full of excitement about what was to come.
She was thrilled and ushered the usual “congratulations” and “you’re going to be a great mom”. But then she said something that I had not given much thought to. She said: “Oh no… your body! It will never be the same again!”
Just as I fell pregnant, a whole new topic of conversation opened up for me as I began to hear from people around me about their pregnancies, and a lot about their “horror stories”. You know the ones, where they describe how swollen their feet and ankles were that they went up two shoe sizes! Stories about heartburn that literally debilitated them to the point that they could not function any more. I even heard a few stories from the husbands who were “attacked” by their crazed wives demanding chocolate and ice-cream at 3 ‘O clock in the morning. I have to admit it all made me quite anxious about what was in store over the next 9 months!