'A few weeks back, I absolutely refused to go to bed without my husband, Vic. I threw a strop and wouldn't get under the covers until he was ready for bed, too. I just lay on top of the covers, eyes peeled open, waiting.' Toya Smith Marshall, 24, 19 weeks pregnant
'I'm very snappy these days, especially with my husband. He allows me 10 'snaps' per day, which he chalks up to hormones, and anything after that I have to give him $1 per snap. Well, he's making a fortune - and I seem to have no control over what comes out of my mouth anymore.' Rhonda Hartlin, 29, 31 weeks pregnant
'I sometimes find myself lying awake at night, terrified that I'll have absolutely no idea how to cope with anything after that first contraction.' Kirsten Redstick, 31, 34 weeks pregnant
Some women suffer from antenatal depression. 'This can be difficult to recognise,' says Helen, 'as tearfulness and problems sleeping or eating are common in any pregnancy. But if you do feel overwhelmed, speak to your midwife.'
'The night before I gave birth, I dreamed that I delivered a black cat instead of a baby. I later found out that my grandmother had dreamt the same thing just before she gave birth to my mother.'