Well, here we are — my last pregnancy update for my first baby. I’m just about 39 weeks now, and since I’ve only been writing monthly updates and for each trimester, this is it. I can’t believe how quickly time has gone by! It’s very bittersweet. I know I’ll miss being pregnant!
I’d always heard mixed things about the third trimester — some people love it as much as the second, and some people are as miserable as they were in the first. I’m somewhere in-between. My main symptom is Braxton Hicks contractions. Now that I’m at the very end, I’ve had some cramping and round ligament pain too, but the false contractions have been going on for weeks and weeks. Also, lots of rib and upper back pain. I also really popped during this trimester. People at work/the store/church, etc. aren’t afraid to ask about the pregnancy anymore!
I’m still loving sparkling water and ice cream, and I’ve definitely been craving more carbs than usual. There was one week when all I wanted was Italian food, which is strange, because that’s not usually the first thing I’d pick. Chips and salsa from my favorite Mexican restaurant always sound good too. As far as aversions go, they vary. Vegetables are pretty hit or miss, and as it’s been my entire pregnancy, cooking (and grocery shopping) is not that appealing to me.
At my 34 week appointment, I had the nurse tell me my weight gain for the first time in my pregnancy. At that point, I was up 18 pounds (which means I was a little bit off in my second trimester update). In the past month, my bump has gotten a lot bigger, so I’m sure I’m somewhere in the mid-20s now. At this point, it doesn’t really matter and I don’t care to know!
Due to Braxton Hicks contractions, I’ve had to modify a lot during this trimester. Long walks are few and far between — although, in the past few weeks I’ve been able to go on a few good ones with the help of my maternity support belt, and that’s felt really good. The beginning of this trimester included some body weight and strength training workouts, but around 32 weeks, barre, pilates and elliptical workouts felt much better. I’m still doing what feels good, and want to keep it up until delivery!
Books I read:
I’m continuing to read the weekly updates in What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and I reread some portions of Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth. I’ve been reading birth stories on blogs like crazy too — I find it comforting for some reason. In preparation for parenthood, I also just started reading On Becoming Baby Wise, and I like it so far!
The best advice I heard:
“When it’s go-time, your body will know what to do. You’ll be ready.”
I’ve enjoyed being pregnant and I have a feeling it’ll feel bittersweet when I actually do go into labor, but once I get to the painful part, I’m trusting that my body will do its thing, and that I’ll get in the zone and feel ready!
How I felt:
This trimester was humbling, as I wasn’t expecting to feel achy and rundown so soon. Two weeks ago, I received permission from my boss to begin working from home the majority of the time for the remainder of my pregnancy, and I can already tell that’s making a big difference in how I feel. I’ve been able to get more sleep since I don’t have to get up extra early to get ready, and I don’t have to sit for an hour in traffic everyday (sitting in the car really hurts now). I’m so thankful for a flexible work environment!
Emotionally and mentally, I’ve kind of been all over the place. I don’t know if it’s related to hormones, or just “life’s really about to change” related. I will say, I felt a lot better after writing about my fears, and I spoke to two friends, who are fairly new moms themselves, over the weekend, which helped put my mind at ease too. As cheesy as it sounds, I kind of like that she’s coming at the end of a season — it signifies a new beginning as we get ready to welcome fall.
What I’m looking forward to:
Meeting the baby! As strange as it sounds, there are still moments when I forget that I’m pregnant, and the whole thing feels surreal. But I’m excited to see who she looks like and how much she weighs. I haven’t had an ultrasound since 23 weeks, so I really have no idea! And as much as I’ll miss my bump, I am looking forward to sleeping on my stomach, being able to buckle my strappy sandals by myself, and getting back into a more intense workout routine (once I’m cleared, of course).
My family and my entire team at work has a pool going to guess which day my baby will be born, as well as her weight. I thought it’d be fun if you joined in too! What’s your guess? (my due date is August 26)