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5 Universal Truths That All Pregnant Women Know To Be True

Some of these are in the book, some aren’t. Either way, they aren’t addressed in any sort of realistic detail. It is only in the throes of pregnancy that the real truths emerge, here’s a start on that list… 

1. Liquid Has Magical Properties

You have to stay hydrated! Comes the call from… well from everyone. The only problem with this when pregnant, is that whatever amount of liquid you ingest will subsequently go on to expend exponentially. You say drink more water? I say, that’s all very well and good but there are only so many hours of the day that I am willing to spend in the bathroom. 

2. Sleep Is A Tease

A minx, an elusive taunting mind melt that will not cease until you are pushed completely to the edge of sanity. There’s no tiredness quite like pregnancy tiredness, and there you are, after resisting the urge all day to just lie down on the floor and let everyone step over you, finally managing to crawl into bed. And as you are drifting off into lovely soft snuggly sleepy snooziness, there’s something else to say hello to! Pregnancy insomnia. And it just wants to chat all night. 

3. Baby Brain Is…

Sometimes helpful as an excuse in situations where you genuinely can’t remember that one person’s name, but in a more general capacity, about as helpful as a chocolate teapot. Lists are an exercise in damage limitation, the dinners have become more imaginative and life is now full of continuous surprises. What’s life without a little excitement? 

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4. The Curse Of Iron

Take iron they said. You’ll be fine they said. I was not fine, and no drinking 14 litres of water did not help. But of course, the heart attack on my umpteenth trip to the loo was a surprise heart attack, as because of the baby brain I had forgotten that I had been taking iron and also the effect that it has on your system. Serious doubts about my ability to cope with the glamour of it all were beginning to poke their heads up. 

5. Nesting Has A Function 

Yes, it was an unusual time to paint the front wall, but the tiredness was replaced by an unusual urge to straighten, polish and fold. Besides, at sunrise, the light is best for painting, plus if I get it done now I can go and fold and refold all of the teeny tiny baby things so that everything is freshly folded for the new arrival. That’s what babies need most, fanatically folded, colour coded, perfectly perpendicular to the wall baby vests. 

Are there any other truths that you would like to add to the list? Let me know in the comments section below!

About the Author

Jane is a writer, blogger and mammy based in South Dublin. She has spearheaded equality programmes and advocacy campaigns for large NGO’s and is now following a lifelong dream in establishing herself as a writer. Recently qualified in Journalism, Jane has won the June 2015 Original Writing Short Story competition, has been longlisted for the Blog Awards 2015 and runs The Postmodern Mammy. Never one to shy away from controversy, Jane enjoys writing about parenting, politics and social issues.

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