Updated: Feb 17, 2020

Announcing our Leicester pregnancy using pumpkins

After a rollercoaster of a year, I found out I was pregnant and it was pretty much the best moment of my entire life. We’d been trying for a while so I was excited and happy but also relieved! It all felt so surreal. I cried a lot that day as it had been a long journey to get to this moment. I also took about 3 more tests just be sure! I just couldn’t believe it, we’d finally have a baby in 9 months.

Once I had the chance to let the amazing news sink in, naturally I couldn’t wait to tell everyone. I’m quite close with my family and I had no idea how I was going to keep this from them! I’d already started thinking about how I’d like to break the news to them and of course my mind started to wonder about who would take the baby photos etc. Nick and I wanted to wait until after the 12 week scan before telling everyone but that wasn’t to be the case.

The nausea started around week 5/6 which I knew would make my mother-in-law, who lives with us, suspicious (I could only pretend it was a cold/flu for so many days!) My cravings also started and to my surprise it was a lot of craving for spicy indian food. I would have loved for some of my mum’s food but I couldn’t ask, as I haven't asked for any home cooked indian food for years and didn’t want to her to get suspicious either! Keeping the pregnancy a secret no longer felt an option.

Nick and I decided that it would just be best that we tell the family. I was so excited! We called everyone over for some classic take out pizza, which no one in my family can resist! Side note:we are a family of pizza lovers!

After the meal, I made the announcement. I can’t remember exactly what I said but I do remember a lot of hugging and crying especially from the two mums! They actually erupted in happiness! It took a bit longer for my dad to figure out what was going on but then even he probably for the first time ever, got emotional! -This is major for my dad as he is usually a closed book! This made me even more teary and it was the best feeling ever!

After the announcement the nausea really took a hold of me! I wasn’t sleeping too well at night and during the day I found it difficult to stay up right. I was lucky that I didn’t actually throw up but the nausea made it very difficult for me to do any work.

When I first found out I was pregnant I went super healthy, eating eggs for protein, avocados and lots of green veg. However, when the nausea hit I couldn’t stomach anything. I lost my appetite too which was so unusual for me. My body was definitely changing! I couldn’t even stand the sight of an avocado! My appetite did eventually come back but all I wanted was carbs, toast, cheese & pizza- did I mention how much I love pizza??! The most I could manage with something healthy was salty olives.

I wasn’t great company either and was practically confined to my bedroom most of the time because I couldn’t stand the smell of any other foods. I remember going down and opening the fridge once and thought I was going to faint! That was the last time I entered the kitchen for weeks! I was also put off anything sweet, which was another huge change for me! I didn’t feel like myself at all. It was very strange. The worst was when I couldn’t stand the smell of Nick, which was frustrating! Thank god that went after a few days because I needed my husband back!

Throughout it all I’ve had a great support system. I feel like this has brought my family closer - being able to call my mum or speak to my mother in law for advice has been great. We’ve been waiting for this baby for a long time, and although the pregnancy symptoms aren’t great it means my body is doing what it should be doing to grow this baby. Counting down for the 12 week scan when we’ll be able to see what the baby’s up to in there!