What I wish I knew before I got pregnant…

Not sure just what to expect now that you’re expecting? SmartParents mums spill the beans!

Every woman enters pregnancy armed with some information and plenty of excitement. Still, there are so many things that their own mums, friends, books, and even doctors don’t alert them to. As a result, some of the surprises they encounter on their journey to parenthood fall into the “good” sort, while the others they’d gladly have done without.

So, we asked loyal readers if they could go back in time and give themselves a heads up on what to really expect when they were expecting, what would they say? The responses were intriguing to say the least… 


“To enjoy my pregnancy more ― when people kept telling me that, I always protested. I mean how does one enjoy pregnancy waddling around and not being able to do much or lead a normal lifestyle? It was only after I had my baby did I know what that meant and how important it was to do so. If I had known, I would done a lot more, like taking a babymoon.”
May Wee, 40, stay-at-home-mum to Tolly, 1½.


“Vaginal sonograms! Nobody told me during the first baby scan the doctor will put a dildo-ish looking contraption right up my vajayjay. It’s apparently easier to see the gestational sac, since it’s so small at that point ― but a little bit of warning would have helped!”
Rebecca Tan, 35, writer and mum to Alex, 3 .


“Pregnancy brain is not a myth - write down everything! You'll be glad you did when it's 4pm and you knew you had to be somewhere or doing something, but just can't remember where or what. True story!"
Chloe Lim, 26, a stay-at-home-mum to Jason, 6 months. 


An aversion to food is not the only thing to look out for. An aversion to smells can be equally annoying. I had to change the brand of my shower gel, floor detergent and hand soap. What makes it worse is that I can’t use those brands ― even after three years!”
Sindhu Rathakrishnan, 29, civil servant and mum to Eashta Ivania, 10 months, and Ishana Daenia, 3.


“How it alters your lifestyle forever. I had gestational diabetes with both pregnancies, so I had to change my diet, which was a blessing in disguise. I also wish I had taken the time to think about life after delivery. So many things happen at that time ― your body is adapting to changes, as well as all the logistics that have to be made around the baby.”
Vim Krishnan, 37, an executive and mum to Jai, 5, and Diya, 7.


“That 10 months would end all too quickly and you’d be a slave for the rest of your life to what started off as a peanut in your belly [laughs]!”
Kumari Revi, 35, lecturer and mum to Dhilan, 2.


“That you can bid sleep adieu for a long, long time. When I was pregnant with the twins, I was awake every night from 1am to 5am because they were so active ― it continued when they came out as well! It was close to a year when they finally managed to sleep through the night. But even then, I haven’t been able to sleep past 6am till today. I don’t need an alarm clock anymore, I have my kids!”
Yogeswari Vijayan, 33, instructional designer and mum to 2-year-old twins Meghna Jai and Meghav Arryann, and Gaurav Arryann, 4.


Read on for eight more facts a pregnant woman needs to wise up to…