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5 Post Pregnancy Surprises

5 Post Pregnancy Surprises

For as long as I can remember, I always wanted to be a mum.  When we first started trying for our first baby, I would stare longingly at every pregnant women I saw, desperately wanting to have a bump of my own.

I knew that I would love being pregnant.  I just knew it.  Then I got pregnant – woo hoo!

I did not love being pregnant.  I mean, I didn’t hate it, but I wasn’t quite prepared for the weird pregnancy symptoms I experienced.  The things they don’t tell you about.  It didn’t stop me going for a second baby though!

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I was surprised at how much pregnancy affected me but more than that, I was surprised at the difference I felt after pregnancy too.  Here were my top 5 post pregnancy surprises:

1.  Body Confidence

Yes, confidence!  Rather than reeling in disappointment at how my post-pregnancy body looks, I actually feel a whole lot more confident.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m dealing with losing the baby weight now, my back still kills and my boobs will likely never be the same again but I honestly don’t care all that much.

Now that I’ve seen the extraordinary lengths my body has gone through to produce, carry and birth a baby, I have a new found respect for it.  I’m proud of my body – as we all should be, mother or not.

Yes, I want to lose weight.  Yes, I’d like to make some minor adjustments and yes, I want to be a stronger and healthier role model for myself and my children but body hangups just do not keep me up at night.  Surprise!

2.  New Friends

Before pregnancy I had no idea about the new parent club that was about to open it’s supportive, kind arms to me upon becoming a mother.

I joined a mums and babies group soon after having my first baby and it was a life changing decision to go – for the very best.  Over 2 years on, I still speak to my mums group so frequently (albeit it on email since we moved overseas) and I know they’re always there for me – me and my constant questions on motherhood!

As a blogger, I’ve also recently discovered the wonderful world of parenting bloggers.  They’re not only there for blogging and technical advice but they’re also a huge community of other parents who I’ve found to be overwhelmingly friendly and supportive.

Even better is that there is literally always another blogger to talk to whatever the time of day or night – just check Twitter – surprise!

3.  Even Bigger Boobs

I’m not going to go into this too much.  Well, for obvious reasons.  Let’s just say, I didn’t ask for bigger boobs and it wasn’t exactly a welcomed surprise.

I also did not appreciate how much I had undervalued the power of the underwired bra pre-pregnancy.  Surprise!

4.  More Sleep

Yes, MORE sleep.  I’m not talking a full night’s sleep of course.  Don’t be ridiculous.

I just found pregnancy sooo uncomfortable that I barely slept so now the baby is out, I’m actually getting more sleep than I was before!  Pelvic pain and pregnancy reflux have a LOT to answer for.

I never knew that it was possible to get more sleep with a newborn than with the pregnancy aches and pains that some of us have to deal with.  Surprise!

5. Getting used to early rising

I used to only ever see 6am when I was coming in after a BIG night or on the way to the airport for an early flight to Ibiza!

I would leave getting up for work until the very VERY last minute.  Oh, how I cherished sleep (see no. 4).

When my first baby was born, I think it took me a good 18 months before I can say I got used to getting up at 6-7am every day.  Thankfully now, with the addition of baby #2, I’m well used to it.  Getting up early is now the norm.

It’s taken me 30-odd years to give in to the need to get up early – I’ve fought the good fight but now I relent!  I can’t say I like it but even on the very rare occasions I have the opportunity to have a lie in, I can’t!  I lie in bed, wide awake, planning all of the things I can do before 10am.  I don’t miss having the opportunity to lie in, I miss having the skill to lie in – surprise!

What changes surprised you after pregnancy?  Have you embraced wobbly tummies and early starts too?

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  1. Anna Brophy
    / 6:31 pm

    Seriously; Mothers Group was the best thing ever!!! So important to be able to bounce ideas of others going through the same stuff. Totally still mourn for my sleep!!! #TheList

    • / 10:48 pm

      So so true – I love my group and we’re still very close 2.5 years on :)

  2. Hannah mum's days
    / 9:12 pm

    fab post hunny! Lucky you on the bigger boobs – mine were like inflatables at times but in the end the air left ;) Thanks for linking up to #TheList xx

    • / 7:01 pm

      I’m almost looking forward to mine deflating ha! x

  3. Katie
    / 10:34 am

    I love this and nodded along to each point! I think I need to join a baby group and make some mum friends after reading this xx

    • / 7:20 pm

      I can’t recommend them highly enough :) Hope you’re doing well! x

  4. A Moment with Franca
    / 11:38 am

    I agree about the early start of the day. I used to be an owl, doing everything until very late. I was better functioning at nights my whole life but now since I have my girls it is the opposite and to be honest with you I really like the early starts as I can get the most of the days!! Great post. Thanks for sharing, xx

    • / 1:42 pm

      Thank you! I get so much more done first thing now – I used to HATE early mornings :) x

  5. Becky (@attwtwo)
    / 4:29 am

    Great list. I am now embracing early mornings with my two children and we’re usually downstairs by 6.30am – I get loads done!!

    • / 7:54 pm

      You get so much done in the early hours, don’t you! x

  6. NewMummyBlog
    / 9:04 pm

    So true! I agree with joining baby groups and as we did nct and have a fantastic group of friends who are there through all the ups, downs and regressions! And for a cup of tea :-)

    • / 9:14 pm

      They’re just brilliant aren’t they! :) x

  7. Claire at Tin Box Traveller
    / 7:55 pm

    Pre-babies I think I would have been horrified to have woken up one morning with my post pregnancy body, but you are right – I do feel quite proud of what the old bod has been through. The whole process of growing a human being inside me and giving birth was fascinating, if not at times a bit yucky. My wobbly belly rocks! Surprise :) #thelist

    • / 7:58 pm

      Our bodies are AMAZING – ‘super’ human :) Hurray to our wobbles! x

  8. Julie Dutra
    / 5:31 pm

    Yes and Yes to No. 1 and 2! You’ll hate me for it but I slept like a log all through pregnancy…my last night of good sleep was the night before I went into labour!

    • / 7:55 pm

      I’m so jealous of your sleep ha ha!! x

  9. Emma's Mamma
    / 12:25 pm

    Great list! I’m with you on the body confidence thing, at first my post pregnancy body felt really foreign to me, but I soon had better things to worry about and I no longer worry about the cellulite or stretch marks and I feel rather comfortable being me! I wasn’t keen on getting bigger boobs either but after 18 months there finally back to my normal size although a tad saggier.. :) #TheList

    • / 7:54 pm

      It’s lovely isn’t it – a whole new perspective of what our bodies are capable of :) x

  10. Gemma
    / 10:07 pm

    Ahhh sleep? An old favourite of mine. I actually love my sleep and would do anything to sleep as long as I’d like. Although rising early means everything gets done as soon as and I have more time to chill :)

    A surprise will probably have to be the realization that I actually like to clean, cook and just chill. Sometimes it can be boring but I love it.



    • / 7:42 pm

      It’s so true – I get so much more done early too – but sleeeeeep, real sleeeeep, I miss you! x

  11. Fiona
    / 1:28 pm

    I totally agree with you about sleep. I don’t think I slept at all during pregnancy, but took full advantage of the ‘sleep when your baby sleeps’ philosophy and felt just about human. Just about. x

    • / 6:24 pm

      I get much more sleep now – never enough of course :) x

  12. / 2:30 pm

    Great list and I am exactly the same about having a lie in…even when given the opportunity I’m wide awake planning my day!!!
    I’m currently 28 weeks pregnant and have to say missing those moments where I can flop down face first into bed instead of feeling like I am hauling a small bowling ball from side to side!
    And I completely agree with the body confidence one too!

    • / 2:34 pm

      Ooh I know what you mean – I really missed being able to lie on my tummy! :)

  13. Colette B
    / 11:02 pm

    Yep my already big boobs definitely got bigger.
    I don’t think I was prepared for the way my tummy would look – forever. So many people do just go back to normal but I’m damaged and misshapen from my sections. I don’t mind too much as I can hide it with clothes but I wish I’d appreciated how it looked before!

    • / 6:41 am

      There are some things that you just can’t really prepare yourself for! x

  14. Milly - DamBaby
    / 2:10 pm

    Early mornings … no. Not a fan. Not until the first coffee has started taking effect. My family used to avoid talking to me over breakfast until I’d gone through the evolution of man. For now, I’m thankful my bambino agrees that anything before 7am is inhumane. Got NO idea what I’ll do if she starts being an early bird. Pretty sure that’s when she’ll become her daddy’s daughter … :)
    Thanks for making me smile! And great for you – having positive things to say about your body. It’s refreshing.

    • / 2:20 pm

      Thank you so much! Oh I dislike the early mornings, a little more used to them now though :)

  15. Baby Isabella
    / 1:38 pm

    My mummy has adjusted to irregular sleep patterns now, so copes a bit better. More all nighters….not out drinking but out cuddling me :) #BrilliantBlogPosts

    • / 2:21 pm

      Cuddling IS the best thing ever! :)

  16. Christine Kenny
    / 8:06 am

    I so agree with the whole confidence thing. I mean, im not saying I don’t need to still lose some of the baby weight. But iv’e definitely got this whole new way of looking at my body since my twin pregnancy. I used to look at it with disgust and shame, but now I respect each and every roll and even though I will still work hard at loosing it, I dont see it as ugly anymore.

    Thanks for sharing. # brilliantblogposts.

    • / 9:43 am

      I feel exactly the same as you – it’s so empowering isn’t it :) x

  17. Getting more sleep with a newborn was a surprise for me too! I had terrible insomnia when I was pregnant so it was amazing to be so knackered that I was asleep before my head even touched the pillow after my son was born! 16 months on we’re getting used to the early mornings. My husband lets me have a lie in at the weekends (or a lion, as my son thinks it’s called!) but I have a headache and feel groggy all day- I think I might have to give them up *sob*

    • / 12:38 pm

      Oh me too with the insomnia, it’s horrible isn’t it :( Hurray for your husband letting you have weekend lie ins though! :)

  18. Rob
    / 2:04 am

    Great list. I know my wife went through a lot of the same things during her pregnancy and is still going through similar post-pregnancy things so I can certainly relate. #TheList

    • / 11:36 am

      Oh thanks so much! :)

  19. Harps
    / 8:35 pm

    Fab positive post embracing post pregnancy. I slept like a baby during pregnancy so it was a little shock (although not a surprise one) to my system when that drastically changed! My boobs are also still huge – I didn’t breast feed for long so not sure if it’s to do with that?! #thelist x

    • / 11:37 am

      Oh the curse of big boobs ha ha! :)

  20. / 4:45 am

    I know doctors say that your feet don’t grow due to pregnancy but I was surprised that my feet did grow 2 shoe sizes after I had my son. He was my second pregnancy and my biggest child. I was kinda mad that none of my shoes fit anymore especially the ones I really enjoyed. I am visiting you from #TheList

    • / 7:32 am

      Completely agree – mine went up at least half a size after my first and never went back down grr! :) x

  21. Kat @ Eat.Love.Love
    / 7:28 am

    This is so true! I love this post. Except for the bigger boobs. Since I stopped breastfeeding, mine have gone smaller :/ x #thelist

    • / 7:30 am

      Thank you! Oh I hope mine do too eventually – I’m probably in the minority wishing that :)

  22. Em @ snowingindoors
    / 7:09 am

    I lost loads of hair once both kids had been born, but that was great because I’d somehow accumulated loads of it when pregnant and I looked like a sheepdog!

    • / 7:31 am

      Ha haa I’m jealous – I want to be a sheep dog, mine’s all falling out! :) x

  23. / 12:17 am

    I’m actually looking forward to getting into an early riser routine. I’m not really an early riser at the moment, but the thought of it doesn’t bother me, I’m actually looking forward to it :). We’re due in December, so not long to wait! I’ll probably be saying, I need more sleeeeeeep when the times comes, lol.

    Gem x

    • / 3:21 am

      Congrats to you! Yes I actually love being up early and getting things done too – I just need to get more sleep before I get up! :)

  24. Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows
    / 8:05 am

    I was always an early riser so that one wasn’t too bad an adjustment. I do like a solid 8 hours sleep though and I am struggling with the broken, sleepless nights.

    • / 7:42 pm

      Oh what I’d do for a solid 8 hours – it’s like it will never happen again! x

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