Early Pregnancy, Smells, Sickness and Hunger – excerpt from Bump


This is an excerpt from Bump: How To Make, Grow and Birth A Baby

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The Smells

Stop! Don't open the peanut butter jar!

Stop! Don’t open the peanut butter jar!


You don't understand. when you open the jar, this is how peanut buttery it smells.

You don’t understand. when you open the jar, this is how peanut buttery it smells.


The Sickness

‘Morning’ sickness is the clichéd sign of early pregnancy. It doesn’t just happen in the morning. 80% of pregnant women experience some nausea, and it’s most likely to be severe in the early months of pregnancy

Opinion is divided about morning sickness. Some scientists believe it has evolved to protect the developing fetus from possible harm from dangerous toxins in food. Other scientists, the pregnant ones, who are currently throwing up, believe what the rest of us also think – that there can’t possibly be an evolutionary advantage in making a pregnant woman eat everything twice, and that God is probably a man.

Blech! Peanut Butter!

Blech! Peanut Butter!

The Hunger

Pregnancy induces, in me, a very peculiar attitude to food. I know I need to eat, right now, but it’s a particular, specific food that I need, and I’m not sure what that is.

Cherries? No. Try again.

Cherries? No. Try again.


At this point, a kind of mental fruit machine starts whirring in my head, and a series of foods pass through my mind in succession. It goes like this: “Apple? No. Banana? No. Orange? No. Cherries? No. Radishes? YES! Definitely. Lots of radishes.”






Unfortunately, there is no way to predict the outcome of the fruit machine in advance.

Today's food is Sweetcorn!

Today’s food is Sweetcorn!

Why are there fifteen packets of radishes in the fridge?

Why are there fifteen packets of radishes in the fridge?


I never liked radishes.

I never liked radishes.

Bump: How To Make, Grow and Birth A Baby


Kate Evans deftly handles the physical and emotional changes that come with being pregnant, looking at the practicalities of every stage as well as the challenges that may arise. Her straightforward, funny and accessible text is illustrated throughout with detailed artwork to guide the reader through the intricacies of human reproduction whilst her customary laugh-out-loud cartoons demystify the complexities of pregnancy and birth.

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Bump: how to make, grow and birth a baby is the only pick-your-own-adventure manual of womanhood. Trying for a baby? Avoiding a baby? Losing a baby (sniff sniff)? Growing a baby? Birthing a baby? Traditionally or surgically? This is the book for you! Illustrated throughout with funky cartoons, a signed copy of Bump with a personal dedication is yours for just £20 (within the UK) or £25 (‘foreign climes’). An absolute bargain for 320 pages of wit and wisdom.

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Myriad Editions; First edition (17 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190843435X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908434357
  • Product Dimensions: 21.2 x 2.1 x 21 cm

“I first bought this book thinking that it would be a book for kids about birthing a baby. To my surprise the book was massive, a book for ME – page after page of well thought out information paired with wit, a great sense of humour, and perfect little doses of feminism dropped in.

This book is for all women, for women before considering pregnancy, for women that are newly pregnant, for women that are interested in pregnancy and birth. I would probably suggest the age range from 15 onwards? Possibly sooner, the focus on pregnancy might not be on the radar, but the invaluable beginning of the book – from fertility tracking to simple, clear, and hilarious information of how reproduction works. An empowering tool for young women and their male partners to have.

I laughed out loud, I shared quick snip bits with friends, and I read the birth story together with my 3 year old.
The illustrations are beautiful, raw, and effortlessly conscious of all peoples, races, sexualities, and families.” Amazon Review

I would recommend this book to all of my friends, and theirs. It is a beautiful treasure to have on my bookshelf.

£16 with free postage within the UK – add £5 for postage to outside the UK.


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