UK MUMS ASKED: WHAT WEREN’T YOU EXPECTING WHEN YOU WERE EXPECTING?

Jennifer Lopez and Spice Girl Melanie C, along with over 200 UK mothers, reveal what they weren’t expecting when they were expecting…

In a nationwide survey undertaken by OnePoll to celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of the comedy film about impending parenthood What To Expect When You’re Expecting on the 22nd October 2012 45% of mothers admitted that something happened to them during pregnancy that they just weren’t expecting.

Star of the film and mum of twins Jennifer Lopez revealed that she wasn’t ready for parts of her body (other than her tummy) to start growing… “Your nose gets big, huge. Everybody’s nose blows up and it’s the weirdest thing. And your feet too. I thought, “What am I going to do with all these great shoes?” But they do go back, almost.”

Singer, busy mum and ambassador for Sparks (a charity funding research into conditions affecting the health of babies, children and mums-to-be) Melanie C confessed: “I didn’t expect to get so much attention – I felt really special when I was pregnant, everybody is so nice to you. I wasn’t quite prepared for all tummy touching either, but I enjoyed it! Such a special time.”

And what about a Dad? Professional rugby player Kenny Logan and husband to TV Presenter Gabby Logan confirmed that he really hadn’t been expecting quite so many sleepless nights but said ‘that it was worth it’ Aaaah!

Lots of mothers it seems were unprepared for the size they would grow to, how uncomfortable, tired or breathless they would feel or the endless minor conditions they would experience or be tested for. But more unusual answers included:

I didn’t expect this when I was expecting:

• The need to eat fresh plaster off the wall

• The inability to be in the same room as a vegetable

• Cravings for ice, garden peas, Kit-kats and parsley

• A loss of body hair except on the tummy which went furry like a peach

• Flatulence

• An increased sex drive.

And a small amount of mothers probably got the biggest surprise if they genuinely weren’t expecting it… Yes 1.4% gave birth to TWINS unexpectedly!

WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING:

Starring Cameron Diaz, Jennifer Lopez, Elizabeth Banks, Chace Crawford, Brooklyn Decker, Anna Kendrick, Matthew Morrison, Dennis Quaid and Chris Rock, WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING is inspired by the best-selling book of the same name and is out to rent and own on DVD and Blu-ray and to download to own from 22nd October. This hilarious and heart-warming movie with an all-star cast follows five couples whose intertwined lives are turned upside down by the challenges of impending parenthood. The crazy, charming, hilarious WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN YOU’RE EXPECTING shows that no matter what you plan for, life doesn’t always deliver quite what’s expected…

Read our review here as well as an interview with the cast at a press conference in London, where we were totally star-struck!

About Monica Costa

Monica Costa founded London Mums in September 2006 after her son Diego’s birth together with a group of mothers who felt the need of meeting up regularly to share the challenges and joys of motherhood in metropolitan and multicultural London. London Mums is the FREE and independent peer support group for mums and mumpreneurs based in London http://londonmumsmagazine.com and you can connect on Twitter @londonmums

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