Month four of your pregnancy…in which you get new batteries but your bottom hurts.
One morning, any time now you might just wake up and not feel like a large animal that’s been darted with a heavy tranquiliser.
“Tiredness, what tiredness?” will be your cry as you rush around manically whipping your knicker drawer into shape and making plans for every night of the week.
That’s right, you might just be able to stay up past 8pm. You’re back, baby and you’re going to make the most of it!
As you edge towards the middle of the second trimester hopefully you will have a period of feeling on top of the world. Who IS that running around singing ‘the hilllls are alive?’ your neighbours will enquire and you’ll be like ‘oh that’ll be me, getting stuff done.’
And if you’re reading this feeling stumped at your continuing lack of energy and that nagging feeling that you need to nap again, then close your eyes and nod off, your time will come. But if it doesn’t just know this - all that sleep is valuable because the future holds, well, less snoozing, that’s for sure.
Why do I have a sore bottom?
Anyway, whether you’re bouncing around or staying firmly seated, watch out for your bum, won’t you? You might find it’s a little bit sore. Oh have you been ignoring that?
There's nothing quite like the moment that faces lots of pregnant ladies when they venture to the loo with a mirror to find out once and for all exactly what is going on down there?
Well, go on and take a peek because there’s a chance (and we’re just going to say it) you’ve got piles. Or hemorrhoids if we want to get serious about it. Not what you want to hear when you’re right in the middle of an enjoyable energy boost, but better to just know what’s going on and get some cream to sort it.
Hemorrhoids are an unfortunate side effect of your body doing something super cool - keep telling yourself that while you wriggle on the sofa. Who said pregnancy isn’t sexy? (Don’t worry - your partner thinks you are hot right now, regardless).
Sex drive in overdrive!
Oh speaking of which, can you try to keep your clothes on for a few more minutes, at least till you’ve finished reading this?
Your sex drive might have climbed to 5th gear by now so all that energy is being put to good use. Your partner can’t believe his luck as you snuggle up to him night after night for more than just a goodnight kiss. Good old hormones!
And no, you won’t hurt the baby, and he or she has no idea what you guys are up to.
Your mothering instinct kicks in
It makes sense that your femininity comes to the fore around now. You are a goddess, right?
So when you’ve finished being amazing in the bedroom, you might find that that your mothering instinct kicks in at some time from this point, plus that overwhelming feeling to make sure everything is just right for your precious cargo’s arrival (whether or not you actually get around to doing it all is quite another thing but you definitely like the idea of being perfectly organised).
How do I choose a baby name?!
Surely one of the best things about bringing a little person into the world is that you get to give it a totally awesome baby name - or a tidy, traditional one, whichever you prefer. But who knew it was so complicated?
You think of a name and then remember that person at school who was called the same and it’s a goner, another one is struck off because your third cousin removed called her baby that, the next suggestion meets with a grimace from your mother so that one’s gone, nobody can pronounce the next one on the list and let’s face it, your partner’s never going to go for that Disney Princess name you’ve been dreaming of calling your daughter for years….this could take some time.
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