14/08/2014 16:57 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Love Your Bump: 15 Reasons To Embrace Pregnancy

A pregnant woman and her partner sitting on the beach

Morning sickness, stretch marks, exhaustion, swollen ankles, varicose veins... Whether you're reading the guide books or listening to mums relaying their own experiences, it always seems to be the negative side effects of pregnancy that attract the most hype.

But while the path to motherhood is fraught with physical and emotional challenges, there are plenty of wonderful moments and experiences for expectant mums to celebrate, too.

From the little perks, like (nearly) always getting a seat on the bus to the big life-changing moments, like seeing your baby for the first time at the scan, pregnancy is as wonderful as it is scary, as exciting as it is exhausting.

So for those who are about to embark on that incredible journey, here is our round-up of the best bonuses and benefits of being 'with bump'.