My name is Ceclilie, I am 30 years old and I live in Østerbro, Copenhagen together with my boyfriend, Nicolas. We are expecting a little son in May.
On a daily basis, I work as a journalist and producer for the online media Heartbeats, where I edit, manage and develop podcasts.
I cannot start a new day without a coffee and the morning radio. Because of my work the days can look very different, depending on whether I have recordings, need to edit some material, have meetings, need to recruit guests or have some other tasks, but it always has something to do with podcasts and audio.
I often work until late, but I always prioritize evening time with my boyfriend.
Until now it has been surprisingly easy. At first, I struggled with a bit of nausea and fatigue, but otherwise I haven’t had very many physical pregnancy symptoms. I am really proud of my body and I find it amazing that it just knows what to do!
On the other hand, my brain had to process, take it all in and get used to the idea of the little new life we are creating. At the beginning, the fear of miscarriage was present and I had to work with the feeling of anxienty that arose each time I felt something strange or read about miscarriages. A fear that I haven’t realized I would have, because I am usually not affected by fear or anxious thoughts.
It has also been a period filled with tears - show me an advertisement for Børnefonden and I’m done (Yesterday I managed to cry at ‘Unsellable houses’ TV series).
“Until now it has been surprisingly easy. At first, I struggled with a bit of nausea and fatigue, but otherwise I haven’t had very many physical pregnancy symptoms. I am really proud of my body and I find it amazing that it just knows what to do!”
That it is not very bad to be pregnant. My mom felt really bad during both of her pregnancies and she has always talked about the bad nausea, vomiting, water retention and pelvic discharge, so I expected the worst.
I know it can still come, but so far it has been nice to be pregnant and I am wildly excited about all the changes that are going to happen to my body over the next four months.
It has also never occurred to me how much the little one is actually moving inside the belly! I imagined myself with a big round belly before I felt anything, but I could already feel him in week 19 of pregnancy and I would put my boyfriend’s hand on my belly so he can also feel the small bumps. So wild!
Do not read too many stories about pregnancies gone bad, terrifying births and miscarriages. Feel your own body, be present in it, and conserve the energy that anxiety will otherwise take from you.
I was very nervous about the outside world’s reaction to my pregnancy. Thoughts like: What about my work? Will I be set aside? Am I awkward? Most people think that bringing new life into the world is great and the job market is used to maternity leave; it is a part of life and the most natural thing in the world.
I am not a word champion at taking care of myself. During a busy day, I never seem to manage to do the good things for myself that I would like. I try to introduce small things like making a vegetable smoothie for me and my boyfriend in the mornings (we often wake up late!). Or meditate for ten minutes every day (I often forget that!).
Basically, I eat a lot of vegetables, take care of my mind and I highly prioritize sleep!
First and foremost, it means a healthy mind. If I feel severe stress that hinders me to sleep at night and keeps my mind awake, then I try to say stop. It is not easy and there is much more to it than saying no, but if you suffer from stress, anxiety or depression, then all the vegetable smoothies you try to eat do not matter anymore.
Time and energy. For example I don't do sports or fitness because I simply don’t have the time and energy to exercise daily, but I hope one day I can be someone who exercises.
Last spring, when my editor asked If I would do a podcast about involuntary infertility and fertility with Tine Stampe, I said yes thank you. Little did I know that I would be pregnant half a year later, but I was probably a little inspired by your work, the podcast, the stories of the guests, and the body’s wild prowess. It might have planted a little seed in me , even though my pregnancy was not planned.
When I learnt that I was pregnant, I thought it was really confusing to figure out which food supplements I should take and which supplements best suit the phase of life I found myself in. You become hyper-aware of such a thing when you suddenly have the responsibility for another life inside of you. I know that with PregnancyCare™, the sources and composition of the vitamins have really been thought of based on the recommendations from the authorities. In the beginning of my pregnancy, for example, I took some iron tablets which affected my stomach so badly that I got both constipation and stomach pain. All was gone after I started with PregnancyCare™.
“I also think it’s really nice to take the little sachet with vitamins every day and then I don’t need to worry about it. It’s just like a delicious treat that I think all pregnant women should indulge in.”
Because I know Tine is one of the coolest and most talented people.
I also think it’s really nice to take the little sachet with vitamins every day and then I don’t need to worry about it. It’s just like a delicious treat that I think all pregnant women should indulge in.
I hope my boyfriend and I will have created a healthy little family together and that I can hold on to the exciting and challenging work life that I have now.
And then I hope that by that time, we will have found somewhere bigger to live in than our small one bedroom apartment. Maybe a place with a small garden.
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