My Bump Story: Elisha Bakes
From dreaming about being pregnant before actually finding out she was pregnant, to keeping the sex of her baby a surprise until birth, new mama Elisha Bakes had a really interesting 9-month pregnancy journey! She shares some of those moments with us. Enjoy!
What was your first reaction when you found out you were pregnant?
It was a crazy surprise. I had a dream that I was pregnant and then when I was late I decided to take a test straight away. Seeing the positive result I felt so many mixed feelings, I was in shock and super excited at the same time. I told my partner straight away and he was so thrilled which makes it so much more special. The next day I had a blood test to confirm and after that it felt so much more real hearing “you’re pregnant” from a doctor.
Your funniest memory over the 9 months?
Hormones can do the craziest things to us women! Luckily I don’t think that I had too many crazy moments but I would get ridiculously emotional over movies, TV shows, YouTube videos etc. My partner would come in the room and see I’ve been crying just to find out it’s over a movie I’ve seen a hundred times or a proposal video on YouTube!
How would you describe the 9-month journey?
Second trimester was bliss for me! I felt that I had so much energy plus had a great appetite and enjoyed every moment. I struggled the most with the end of the third trimester after 35 weeks. I had really bad pains where my baby’s head was trying to push down tearing ligaments and I was just so uncomfortable carrying around this big bump. Sleeping, driving, putting on shoes, walking for long periods were all very difficult…the simple things in life you take for granted!
Did you have any maternity wear hacks?
I wanted to make sure that I still dressed like me and kept the same style. Being pregnant over summer made it easy too, as all I wore was dresses and skirts. It was more flattering for me to wear tight clothing and complimented my bump! At home I would always be in a crop top and track pants. Having a good pair of maternity leggings and some slides were my must haves!
Did you have any weird and wonderful cravings?
I craved fruit all the time from the very beginning to the end of my pregnancy. Nothing would make me happier than a big bowl of cut up watermelon and strawberries.
What did you struggle with most being pregnant?
Once I hit 37 weeks I became quite anxious just not knowing when I was going to pop! My baby came at 40 weeks + 6 days and everyday until then I would wake up wondering if today would be the day I get to meet my baby.
Any tricks and tips that made your pregnancy journey easier?
I drank a lot of water [2.5-3L a day]. I was very lucky as I didn’t get any stretch marks and I believe this helped with my skin elasticity. It also got me ready for breastfeeding as I was so used to already drinking so much water. I also would make sure that on weekends [usually Sunday] I would have a total chill out day where I would sleep and rest as much as I could. This would help me re-energise for the working week ahead.
How was your birth experience?
It was very long! I started having contractions midnight Saturday and stayed at home all day Sunday with them increasing every hour. It was such a long day and I couldn’t sleep because of the pain. When my contractions were 6 minutes apart my waters broke which was early Monday morning and we arrived at the hospital at 6:30am. 23 hours later I had my son via emergency c-section after trying everything and giving it as much time as possible. It was such a long, tiring couple of days. I had my partner by my side the whole time which made the experience a lot easier, he was able to take my mind off the pain and my mum was also there which was another blessing. I couldn’t have done it without them – having a solid support system is so important.
My partner and I didn’t know the sex of our baby. I had requested when I got into theater that they don’t tell me what it was as I really wanted my partner to be the one to tell me what we had. Hearing him say “we had a boy” and seeing my son for the first time was the most special moment of my life and I wish I could just keep reliving over.
What helped you get your groove back after being pregnant?
After having a c-section recovery is quite slow and you’re generally stuck indoors especially the first couple of weeks. I liked to make sure that I got dressed everyday and made myself look presentable…I had my days where I stayed in my pajamas all day too! I think you just need to do whatever makes you feel like “you”. I tend to have the longest showers possible…it’s the best escape!
What were you most looking forward to sharing with your baby?
All the cuddles I want and sharing our life with him. I can’t wait to travel with him and be there to experience all of his “firsts” from first steps, first words, first swim…it’s all going to be so special!
Top 5 Newborn must-haves
- Plenty of nappies – my partner is always doing nappy runs to the store!
- Good blankets – Having some nice warm blankets has made my son nice and warm when we are out and about.
- I love our baby bathtub – it has a built in thermometer and scales which is super handy.
- Plenty of rags – I go through 2-3 a day to wipe excess milk away and spit up.
- Mattress protector on the bassinet along with lots of spare sheets.