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Week 4 of My Pregnancy – I’m pregnant!
I was only a week late for my period, but I had known straight away that something was wrong. I didn’t experience the normal PMS symptoms (except for the mood swings) and I wasn’t bloated like I normally am in the run up to my period. So many thoughts were going through my head. Was I stressed? Were my husband and I careful? My husband had insisted we wait a few more days before I bought a pregnancy test kit as we’ve had this scare before, but I always ended up getting my period. However, this time I couldn’t wait that long. Something felt different. That night, I sucked in my stomach in front of the mirror and reassured myself that there was no way I was pregnant. I couldn’t sleep that night…
The next day I bought two pregnancy test kits.
I had never been so shocked in my entire life when I looked at the results of the first pregnancy test and it was positive! I almost fell over the toilet when I tested myself the second time and the Clearblue Pregnancy Test told me I was 2-3 weeks pregnant (or 4-5 weeks based on my period cycle).
My husband and I looked at each other, stunned. When it had finally sunk in, after a moment or two, we both started smiling. After all this freaking out, our reactions were of joy! I never, ever thought that I would experience that kind of emotion but I did! The news, however, had forced me to mull over my life in general. We were renting a flat in London and I had always envisioned a house with a garden, enough money in the bank, a great job that paid well, and the ability to set up a Child Trust Fund. But, I just felt like we hadn’t really accomplished any of those things yet. Could we raise a child now? Would we be able to afford childcare costs? What about when I stopped working? My husband and I depended on my income too, so if I wanted to be a stay-at-home mum (at least until the child started school) how would we get by? I had recently secured a training contract, which was to start in September, but my future employers couldn’t justify paying me maternity leave when I would leave after three months to have the baby, so I had to, reluctantly, let the contract go.
I had started temping at an international legal consultancy firm and was earning my keep that way. I really wanted this job to last until December, otherwise I would have to go on the job hunt again and I wasn’t a particularly desirable candidate, so finding a job would prove even more difficult than normal. Why did I quit my PERMANENT full-time job in February…?
As I had found out so early that I was pregnant, waiting a further 2 months for confirmation from the doctor that I was actually pregnant was going to be hard. I was already growing impatient, so I downloaded the iPregnancy app for the iPhone, which had predicted that I was due on 10 December. I flicked through all the pregnancy weeks and got as far as week 20 before I had to put the iPhone down.
We called up our families to tell them the news. We could hear everyone jumping for joy, but it hadn’t sunk in for me yet.
A little word of advice – take each week 1 step at a time. If your pregnancy was unplanned, like mine, you’ll either freak out at the way your body will change or you’ll get excited. I just freaked out.
A fun fact - Your baby is a ball of cells (an embryo) about the size of an apple pip!
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