When I was on the sixth grade debate team, I gave my classmates last minute tips on how to properly sit and where to hold their hands. When I was in high school, the chaotic, ill-mannered behavior of my fellow classmates drove me mad. I've had a copy of Amy Vanderbilt Complete Book of Etiquette for years. Recently, I was cast on a TV show as - the prim and proper hostess - who must have everything in its place.
I'm a stickler for etiquette.
Now I'm the Belching Beauty, Pregnant Unicorn
So, you can imagine my dismay and horror when in week three of my pregnancy, I began to belch. Correction, I began to belch like a drunken sailor who doesn't give a damn.
In September, it got so bad, I was afraid of interacting with anyone. The earthquakes coming out of my mouth were hard to mask with a smile and a pretty outfit. Thank goodness I didn't book any TV appearances that month. I missed every single day of Mercedes Benz Fashion Week in New York, including the chance to speak on my friends wonderful fashion panel.
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The words "I'm sorry" and "excuse me" were uttered more often than you can imagine, despite my husband, mother and mother-in-law all telling me I had no reason to apologize. No reason?!?? I was repulsing myself.
By week ten, I was back in the own office regularly and it occurred to me that I belched less at work. As long I was constantly talking, I was ok. The air flow helped calm the beast within.
Week 12 rolled around and poof, the belching practically disappeared. Side bar: my energy also returned! Then, last week hit and it was back to the burping. In fact, I just let out another one! Maybe I should read these words as I type them?
As always, I welcome your comments, suggestions and feedback. For those counting, I'm rounding out week 13. Second trimester, here we come!
Pamela Pekerman is a style expert, host and TV correspondent, who lives in New York with her husband, an extensive shoe/bag closet and a pending-to-be-designed baby room. Her personal motto is that looking good makes you feel good, so despite not being a Pregnant Unicorn, she always putting her best face and heel forward.
Momtrends was not paid for this Belching Beauty, Pregnant Unicorn post and no unicorns were hurt in the process.