Growing a human being is the single most amazing thing a woman will ever do. Pregnancy is incredible – every new experience a complete wonder, a miracle.
I enjoyed both of my pregnancies immensely, and I remember the time I spent with the babies in my belly very fondly.
But if you're about to embark on your own pregnancy journey, there are a just few little ironies you should know about:
2. Ah! Morning sickness! The best cure for morning sickness is eating something. What does the process of making a sandwich do? It makes you want to hurl.
3. The first several weeks, before you acquire your baby bump, will see you positively bloom in the lady bumpz region. You'll look in the mirror and think your boobs have never looked so good, and your partner will no doubt agree – but by god if he comes anywhere near those gorgeously rotund orbs of agony...
4. Certainly for the first trimester, and possibly beyond, you will experience a sort of tiredness you never thought possible – you suddenly need about 12 hours sleep a night. But you won't get it, because you'll have to get up and have a wee every hour and a half.
5. This, I feel, is one of the cruellest ironies and it can last your whole pregnancy. You might not have touched a drop of alcohol – you have probably abstained at all the barbecues, watched your friends and partner get sozzled at your own birthday party, perhaps just had a sniff of your mum's glass of port at Christmas so you can feel a bit festive. Even so, you'll wake up every morning with a dry mouth, a pounding headache and a faint nausea that feels exactly like a bloody hangover.
6. All the varnish on your toe nails will chip off on the very day that you can no longer bend down to paint them. Warning: do not ask your husband to do it for you, it might end in your feet looking like they have been run over. Get a girlfriend round.
7. You might experience a huge boost to your libido – but suddenly, you actually do have a headache all the time.
9. When you're getting really quite huge and what you really need is an opportunity to glam up a bit and head out for a meal (or anywhere you can sit down and not move for a few hours), your prettiest shoes will no longer fit because your feet have turned into plates.
10. Finally, your gorgeous little person will burst into the world. Every symptom of pregnancy that has been a chore (perhaps you haven't even realised how much of a chore) will disappear overnight.
No more headaches, no more backache, your feet will return to their normal size. And guess what?
Even as you watch that beautiful baby sleeping soundly in his moses basket, you'll find your hand wandering to your belly – because you miss being pregnant.
Did you love or loathe being pregnant? If you're pregnant now, do any of these ironies ring true for you?
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