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Aug 29, 2017, 11:09 AM
(New) Life Begins at 40: Month Nine
As exciting as it was to finally reach the last month of pregnancy, I could barely stay awake. I napped voraciously, waking briefly to eat, exercise and moan about my size. Finishing work was a bittersweet affair. The relief I felt at finally being able to...
Jun 21, 2017, 5:27 PM
(New) Life Begins At 40: Month Eight
Things that go together well – salt and vinegar, Marks and Spencer, Jews and talking loudly. Things that don’t go together at all – pregnancy and heatwaves. I was fine when the weather started to get warm last month. Lots of people trotted out the old...
May 16, 2017, 11:06 AM
(New) Life Begins At 40: Month Seven
Month seven is the beginning of the third trimester, otherwise known as ‘there’s light at the end of the tunnel, but good G-d, this tunnel is long’. There are some echoes of my early pregnancy, particularly a return to form as an emotional wreck. I...
Apr 28, 2017, 6:12 PM
(New) Life Begins at 40: Month six
My bump has gone from ‘neat’ to so huge that S laughed at me when he realised how large I’ve become. “That’s one big baby,” he chuckled, not exactly providing reassurance to the woman charged with pushing said big baby out of her fwa-fwa. Hilarious,...
Apr 7, 2017, 1:58 PM
(New) Life Begins At 40: Month Four…
Being pregnant on public transport destroys and reaffirms my faith in humanity in turn throughout the working week. With the news now out, my ‘baby on board’ badge has been placed firmly on my coat for all to see. This is ironic given how many...
Apr 7, 2017, 11:16 AM
(New) Life Begins at 40: Month five
Things had been looking up at the start of this month, health-wise. I’d got back onto a spin bike and amazingly managed not to break it, despite being the size of a baby hippo. I wondered why my spin teacher was bigger than me; turned...
Mar 14, 2017, 5:17 PM
(New) Life Begins At 40: Month Three…
Should you ever find yourself in a situation where you’re overtaken with horrendous “morning” sickness and you have a holiday booked, my advice is to cancel the trip and go and lie on the sofa instead. Do listen to me: I’ve suffered so you don’t...
Feb 23, 2017, 4:21 PM
(New) Life Begins At 40: Month Two…
Month two began with drama. What’s a pregnancy without a terrifying episode? A few days after the pregnancy test, I developed stomach cramps which got steadily worse. Slightly upset, I called the doctor. “I’m pregnant,” I sobbed loudly. “Congratulations!” replied the startled receptionist on the...
Feb 9, 2017, 6:21 PM
(New) Life Begins At 40: Month One…
First-time mum-to-be Louise Scodie on the joys and oys of expecting after 40… I’d never had a massive yearning to be a mother and I’m not hugely maternal. So, it makes perfect sense that at the age of 40 I decided to fall pregnant with my...
Louise is a journalist and broadcaster, and mum-to-be