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