Nurture Article | The Portland Hospital Parenting Magazine
Winter Issue 2011
Victoria Bentley, mother of Juliet who was born at 11.46am on the 18th June, 2011.
“Telling our parents I was pregnant was a very special moment. Juliet is the first grandchild for both my Dad and my husband Tom’s parents, so they were very excited.
What was hard was not having my Mum around. She died of cancer when I was in my teens and I would have really liked her there to help me through pregnancy and answer all my questions.
The pregnancy itself went pretty smoothly and I really loved being able to eat what I wanted, without worrying.
However, for the first few months, I had terrible morning sickness which, unlike its name, seemed to extend throughout the day.
By mid-afternoon, I couldn’t keep my eyes open and the only way to stop myself being sick was to nibble on packets of Ryvita and dry pretzels.
Chocolate and sweets were right off the menu as they tasted sickly sweet; even grapes and apples tasted too much of sugar!
When Juliet was born, the world tilted on its axis – I loved her straight away. Having Tom by my side, and Juliet in my arms, everything suddenly seemed to make sense. Bring on the next one!”