It has been a week since I announced I was 20 weeks pregnant. Now I am at week 21 and I feel I am ready to share with you some of my pregnancy stories and how they relate to us glasses wearing peeps. Well, where to start is the question… was it planned? Kinda but it happened a lot sooner than we thought. Was I happy when I first found out… NO. I thought it was the end of my free spirited life but was my husband happy? Yes, he was over the moon from the moment I told him. It took me a good few weeks to actually get my head around to the idea and it certainly did not help with me feeling like death all the time. For the first 14 weeks or so I was constantly feeling nauseous with pretty much any smell making me feel sick. Cooking any sort of food was off limits and now I understand why you should be married… so the husband can do the cooking whilst you sit there feeling sorry for yourself, questioning yourself “Do you really want to be pregnant? Is it worth it?”. I am only joking of course I am sure it is…
I found it scary until I had the 12week scan because I was just left thinking… is the baby ok in there? There is no way of knowing until you have the scan. You try to do the best you can by looking after yourself. I was constantly trying to figure out when we conceived because I took antibiotics for an infection and I drank wine one afternoon with my friends all roughly around the time I conceived so I thought this child will not stand a chance! However… all is well- phew! My sister-in-law bought me a pregnancy book which is rather handy! When I got to the section about being 20 weeks pregnant there was a bit about how hormones can effect your eyes. Ooooooo I thought.
The first thing they mentioned was about how your eyes may become dryer as the pregnancy progresses and wearing contact lenses may not be possible for some women. Even during my midwife appointment she asked if I wear contact lenses. Over the weekend just gone, it was my husband’s 30th (he isn’t actually 30 yet but he is starting early, with more to come) and we went to a bar in London. I decided to try out the contact lens theory because I have just been wearing glasses (obviously!) and I wanted to wear my fake eyelashes too so glasses were a no, no. My lashes were too long and would have ended up bashing against the lenses. I did not put my contacts on until 5pm and I have to say as the night progressed my eyes did feel dryer, I think even in the photo above you can see my eyes were a little red. However, it wasn’t unbearable until I got in at 4am (thanks to a certain friend who didn’t want to leave but needed a lift back from me). It is safe to say by the time I got home I was ready to pull my eyes out and it wasn’t even a full 12 hours of wear. My contact lenses are normally fine for 12 hours or more. So I did wonder if the pregnancy hormone has got truth to it or did other factors have an influence too such as how tired I was at the time etc.
Either way it is a good job I prefer my glasses to my contact lenses! The next big, major question I need to ask myself soon is during labour, will I be wearing my glasses or contact lenses? As I said in a previous post during labour it is hard work and a lot of sweating will be involved so glasses may not be ideal due to the sliding off my nose issue. Labour can take a LONG time so will I be able to wear contacts all the way through? My sister-in-law said she went for the contact option so she did not miss a moment. So many things to consider, this pregnancy malarky hey!