Kate McDon­ald, 31, a photographer and ac­tress, lives on the Wir­ral with hus­band Justin. She is 16 weeks preg­nant.

Mother & Baby (UK) - - BUMP & BIRTH -

‘At 13 weeks preg­nant, I was ly­ing in bed, feel­ing sorry for my­self. My hus­band was work­ing away, and I felt nau­seous, hor­monal and weepy. When­ever I’m down, I turn to Maya An­gelou, the late Amer­i­can writer. So I found a YouTube clip on my phone of her dis­cussing love and moth­er­hood, and I be­gan to feel stronger and less pa­thetic. I lay back and closed my eyes, ready for sleep. Then, without warn­ing, a tiny rip­ple of what felt like an air bub­ble moved be­low my belly but­ton. I didn’t have to think ra­tio­nally – my gut feel­ing told me it was the baby mov­ing. In that split sec­ond, I felt an over­whelm­ing re­as­sur­ance that ev­ery­thing was go­ing to be OK. I won­dered whether it was even pos­si­ble to feel move­ment so early, but I’ve felt that same rip­pling feel­ing ever since, only stronger. Sud­denly ev­ery­thing had changed, and I felt ex­cited and full of pos­i­tiv­ity. For the first time, my preg­nancy felt real.’

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