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You spend the whole of your 1st trimester wishing time away to get to your 12 week scan to make sure everything is OK & that you are properly pregnant (despite the dozen positive pregnancy tests) and therefore not craving cookies for no reason.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve done a ton of research online to know what to expect… yes, there’s going to be jelly & a scanning machine, they’ll check dates, fluid at the back of the neck blah blah blah. However, what they don’t tell you:

  1. You drink pints of water & hold it in for hours to find your scan is delayed. You spend 30 minutes trying not to wet yourself only to be told you didn’t need a full bladder.
  2. You should be proud. Your underwear game is probably is probably the strongest it’s been in months. Nothing worse than feeling judged for your smalls.
  3. Everyone thinks you’re crying with joy. It’s actually the prospect of a little human growing inside of you which is going to have to come out sooner or later.
  4. You spend the whole time straining your neck to see the monitor, only to find a big screen plastered across the wall next to you… right at the end of your appointment.
  5. The movement of your due date, even if only by a couple of days, will feel like an eternity.
  6. You’ll be too busy working out the nub theory to check out the vital things the nurse is pointing out – like arms, legs etc.
  7. You’re convinced your baby looks way bigger than it should. Especially after all of the books tell you it’s now a lime, fig, lemon, whatever…
  8. Having spent your whole life trying not to get pregnant, you can’t help but feel like a naughty teen who’s about to be told off, even though you’re in your THIRTIES.
  9. Once you’ve seen the heartbeat, every other word the nurse says will go in one ear & out the other as you mentally prepare your Facebook status update.

It’s actually amazing to see ‘it’ swimming around in there, flipping and spinning & doing all kinds of gestures with their hands. No matter how hard you try, you go in a normal woman & come out one of ‘those’ pregnant women who clutches their stomach. It’s actually pretty awesome. Just do yourselves a favour & don’t drink gallons before you go.

M xox

Melanie Kentish

Hi! My name's Mel and I'm a 30 something blogger living in Windsor, UK with my two ginger cats and a rather handsome husband. White Cotton Peonies is the place where you'll find my ramblings on health, fashion, beauty, food and my random adventures as a soon-to-be mum. Enjoy.

1 Comment

  1. JJ


    So, so proud of you and excited for all the stuff that’s yet to come. This all seems like an eternity ago for me and was a very different experience – but will NEVER forget hearing that heartbeat for the first time. So comforting and precious. Can’t wait to see you BLOOMING! X

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