Waiting For Things In A Time When You Rarely Wait For Things is a work-in-progress project documenting my pregnancy.
Within my work I usually use myself to explore themes such as body image, self-esteem, self-confidence and anxiety, so it felt natural to make a series about a new phase of my life.
Having never been pregnant before it has been interesting to see the changes to my body.
Each photograph is accompanied by up to 30 hashtags that make up a diary entry that talk honestly about the experience.
More recent pictures also talk about being pregnant during the COVID-19 pandemic.
(Below are a selection of images from the project)

I am currently posting this series on my Instagram account.
The Day After I Found Out (4+ weeks)

#SoIAmGoingThroughMyPicturesACoupleOfMonthsAfterTryingToEditTheProjectSoFar
#AndApparentlyIHaveBeenWritingHashtagsForEveryShootOnTheDayApartFromThisOne
#WritingThemOnTheDayIsMuchBetterButOhWell
#ILikeThatIAmWearingThisDress
#NotSureIfItWasAnAccidentOrOnPurpose
#ButItIsTheSameDressAsTheOneIAmWearingInMyPictureCalled
#ItSeemsLikeEveryoneIsPregnantExceptMe
#InMySeriesCalledUlteriorMonologue
#WhichIsAboutWantingToTalkAboutWantingToBePregnantButFeelingTooAwkwardTo
#TheDayBeforeWeHadGoneFoodShopping
#IHadBoughtCheeseThatYouAreNotSupposedToEatIfYouArePregnant
#AndTwoPregnancyTests
#IBoughtTheTestsAsIMyPeriodWasLateAndIWasHopeful
#ButBoughtTheCheeseAsIWasNotThatHopeful
#WellActuallyIWasConfusedAsItHadStartedAndStopped
#IOnlyHadATinyBitOfTheCheeseAsIWasLikeWellWhatIf
#AndThenTriedToDoATest
#ButForgotIWasGoingToDoOne
#SoIWasJustInTheBathroomForAgesDrinkingLotsOfWaterAndWaiting
#FunTimes
#ThenICameOutOfTheBathroomInShockIThink
#AndCalledTiagoIntoTheBathroomAsWeWereAtMyNans
#HeSaidHeDidNotEvenKnowWhatWasTheResultByLookingAtTheTest
#WritingThisNowIHaveABitOfABump
#OnTheDayITookAPictureOfMyBellyAndToBeFairIThoughtILookedABitPregnant
#ButMyBellyUsuallyLookedLikeThat
#AndNowIKnowMyFoodBabiesLookABitDifferentToABabyBump
#ButFoodBabiesWithABabyBumpJustLookLikeABigBabyBump
#AnywaysHereIWasAbout4AndABitWeeksPregnantOrSoTheFolderTellsMe
#IFindItOddTheWayTheyCalculateItAsPartOfThatIWasNotPregnant


I Can Tell My Body Is Already Changing (6 weeks)
 
#WellWeHadBeenTryingToGetPregnantSinceTheStartOfTheYear
#WeHaveAWeddingToGoToInPortugalInJulyNextYearSoIThoughtWeShouldPauseThingsForABit
#ButTiagoSaidWeWereBetterOffTrying
#AndToBeFairIThoughtICouldNotGetPregnant
#EvenThoughIHadABloodTestAtOvulationOnceAndTheySaidAllWasGood
#SoIDecidedIWantedToBeLessStressedOutInLifeSoIStartedToMakeAnEffortToBeMoreRelaxed
#WhenMyPeriodWas4DaysLateIKnowSomethingWasUp
#SoIBoughtATest
#AndIForgotIWasGoingToDoOneSoIHadToKeepDrinkingWaterAndEventuallyIManagedToGetAResultFromTheDamnThing
#AndTheCrossCameUpPrettyQuickThen
#AndIWasNotThatSurprised
#IDidNotHaveMuchOfAReaction
#IWasJustRelievedToKnowICouldGetPregnant
#AndThenIJustGotRealStressedAboutWhatIfThingsGoWrong
#IDoNotKnowHowPeopleDealtWithPregnanciesPreInternet
#AnythingAndIAmCheckingIsThisNormal
#AnywaysICanTellMyBodyIsAlreadyChanging
#AndIHaveBeenFeelingSick
#MorningSicknessIsALieItStrikesAtAnytime
#ButItIsEarlyDaysForMeSoItIsNotYetThatBad
#IKnowINeedToEatMoreCalciumSoIAmIndulgingInCheddarOnSandwiches
#WasTryingToCutOutSugarButWasEatingChutneyAndPickleSoAmHavingMoreMarmiteThanThoseNow
#AndIAmGoingOffFoods
#LikeDaalOrDalOrDahlWhichWeEatAllTheTimeUsually
#AndMyFavouriteLunchOfASpicyBeanBurgerWithGherkinsTomatoesAndHoumousIsNotAsGreatAsItUsedToBe
#AndIHaveEatenThatWeeklyForYears
#AndIMeanYEARS
#AndICanNotDrinkMostOfMyLargeCollectionOfHerbalTeas
#AsEverythingHasLicoriceInIt
#SoItIsRooibosAndHoneybushEverydayForNowUntilIFindOtherOnes

Morning Sickness Is Not Only A Morning Thing (6 and a half weeks)

#SoTheSicknessComesAndGoes
#MorningSicknessIsSuchALie
#IAskedTheDoctorIfSheHadAnyTipsAfterIFirstWentWhenIFoundOut
#SheSaidThatMorningSicknessIsNotOnlyAMorningThing
#WellSheDidNotLie
#SometimesItIsTheMorning
#YesterdayICouldHaveBeenSickOverEverything
#LastWeekItWasMoreAnAfternoonThing
#ButSometimesItIsTheEvening
#SomeoneWasTalkingAboutWarmCamelsMilkTheOtherDay
#AndItWasMakingMeSoIll
#ThenILookedAtMyCollectionOfSoups
#AndJustReadingTheFlavoursMadeMeFeelIll
#ItIsSuchAWeirdThing
#IKnowThatNoOneReallyLikesToVomit
#ButIReallyHateIt
#IOnceProudlyCouldSayIHadNotVomitedInAtLeast10Years
#AndThenMyHousemateMadeMeSuperStrongRumCocktailsWhenIWasDoingMyBA
#AndThatWasGrim
#AndACharmingExBoyfriendTookPolaroidsOfMeByTheToilet 
#EvenThoughHeWasSickMostWeekendsBecauseOfAlcohol
#IDoNotKnowWhatHappenedToThosePolaroids
#BetTheyShowUpIn50Years
#Anyways
#YesterdayIHadStrongMeatAndFishCravingsEvenThoughIHaveBeenVegetarianForOverHalfMyLife
#CouldHaveEasilyEatenCodAndChipsOrATurkeyAndStuffingSandwich
#ThoughIThinkTheyWouldHaveMadeMeSick
#SoLastNightISettledForAVeganFishFreeBurger
#ItWasProbablyTheFirstTimeIHadEatenAFishBurger
#AndItWasAlrightButIWouldNotBeInARushToEatItAgain
I Have Nothing To Show Yet (7 Weeks)
I Have Nothing To Show Yet (7 Weeks)
Failed Blood Tests (7  and a half-ish weeks)
Failed Blood Tests (7 and a half-ish weeks)
I Worry That People Will Think I Am Drunk Or Hungover If I Am Sick In The Street (8 Weeks)
I Worry That People Will Think I Am Drunk Or Hungover If I Am Sick In The Street (8 Weeks)
I Keep Looking At The Scan As I Can Not Believe It (9 and a half weeks)
I Keep Looking At The Scan As I Can Not Believe It (9 and a half weeks)
Bloody Blood Tests (10 weeks)
Bloody Blood Tests (10 weeks)
I Feel Like My Body Has A Big Job To Perform Now (11 weeks)
I Feel Like My Body Has A Big Job To Perform Now (11 weeks)
I Definitely Have A Belly Developing, But I’m Not Sure If It Is Baby Or Food Or Both (11 and a half ish weeks)
I Definitely Have A Belly Developing, But I’m Not Sure If It Is Baby Or Food Or Both (11 and a half ish weeks)
It Still Feels Like Pregnancy Is Something That Happens To Other People And Not Me (12 weeks)
It Still Feels Like Pregnancy Is Something That Happens To Other People And Not Me (12 weeks)
I Wore This Jumper As I Thought It Might Go Well With My Dark Eye Bags (12 weeks)
I Wore This Jumper As I Thought It Might Go Well With My Dark Eye Bags (12 weeks)
Resting, Taking Vitamins, Staying Hydrated, Eating Fruit & Veg (13 weeks)
Resting, Taking Vitamins, Staying Hydrated, Eating Fruit & Veg (13 weeks)
My Due Date Got Put Back To Its Original One (Nearly 13 weeks)
My Due Date Got Put Back To Its Original One (Nearly 13 weeks)
Don’t Touch My Belly (14 and a half weeks)
Don’t Touch My Belly (14 and a half weeks)
Maternity Pillow (16 weeks)
Maternity Pillow (16 weeks)
It Is Hard To Believe That Someone Is Growing Inside Of Me (16 and a half weeks)
It Is Hard To Believe That Someone Is Growing Inside Of Me (16 and a half weeks)
Goodbye (For Now) Food Aversions (17 and a half weeks)
Goodbye (For Now) Food Aversions (17 and a half weeks)
My Portuguese-British Family and Me (19 weeks)
My Portuguese-British Family and Me (19 weeks)
Have I Mentioned That Pregnancy Is So Weird? (21 weeks)
Have I Mentioned That Pregnancy Is So Weird? (21 weeks)
It Is Kind Of Nice Knowing That I Am Never Alone (21 and a half weeks)
It Is Kind Of Nice Knowing That I Am Never Alone (21 and a half weeks)
I Have Told Him Before That If He Wants To Touch The Bump Then He Has To Make Sure His Hands Are Warm (22 and a half weeks)
I Have Told Him Before That If He Wants To Touch The Bump Then He Has To Make Sure His Hands Are Warm (22 and a half weeks)
I Am Not Sick, I Am Just Pregnant (23 and a half weeks)
I Am Not Sick, I Am Just Pregnant (23 and a half weeks)
I Tried To Suck In My Bump, But It Didn’t Really Work (24 weeks)
I Tried To Suck In My Bump, But It Didn’t Really Work (24 weeks)
Pregnancy In The Time Of Corona (25 weeks)
Pregnancy In The Time Of Corona (25 weeks)
You can see more photos/read the hashtags from the series on my Instagram account.

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