Pregnancy has been quite up and down for me so far – I’ve generally loved it from the moment I could feel the baby start to move around. But I’m afraid to say I definitely didn’t feel the sudden burst of energy you’re meant to feel in the second trimester, and I didn’t see the end of morning sickness around that time either.
Now I’m in the third trimester, I’m more achy and uncomfortable but at least I actually look pregnant now! And every day I’m closer to meeting the little one.
Here are some other things that I’ve noticed happen through the third trimester:
- You can no longer see your pubes. Sorry folks, it’s just a guessing game now.
- If you get up fewer than three times in the night to wee it’s a miracle. I’m currently up once every two hours if I’m lucky; once an hour if I’m not.
- And you wake up in the night gasping for water, which obviously doesn’t help the wee sitch.
- All you want to do is sit or lie down but both give you horrendous back ache. You end up propping up your back with cushions, putting your feet on cushions and generally feeling like a cushion.
- You thought morning sickness was long gone but no, occasionally it rears its ugly head just to stop you from becoming too complacent. I haven’t been sick for about three weeks (lovely fact for ya there) but I still feel sick and get the dreaded watery mouth if I feel hungry for more than about 10 minutes.
- You make old man noises every time you get up or sit down. It’s a genuine strain.
- You can see whole hands or feet pushing their way out of your stomach and feel a bit like you’re in the Alien films. I haven’t quite got to this stage yet but I think it’ll be amazing – but also pretty freaky!
- Your boobs get in the way of everything. I keep knocking them whenever I have to move my arms upwards.
- You worry when you haven’t felt a kick or movement in a few hours. If you’re like me you’ll give your bump a gentle prod to see if he responds. I hope the baby doesn’t come out with a dent in his head…
- You become very good friends with heartburn. I know it’s weird but I never really got heartburn before and now I get it all the time! It’s lovely when a bit of sick comes up to burn your throat too.
- Putting on shoes with laces, straps or any kind of shoes besides slip on ones is a proper mission. I ask Rob to kindly help me now with anything besides flip flops.
- You have to build yourself a pillow fort just to get a couple of hours’ kip before you wake up uncomfortable and have to rearrange it all again. I have to fight my way out every time I need to go to the toilet and take 20 seconds out to catch my breath again.
- You’ll be fed up of the morning and evening moisturising routines and sticking to all of your clothes but can’t give up yet. Apparently the third trimester is when you’re most likely to develop new stretch marks, so plough on!
- You start wanting to clean and tidy every inch of the house ready for your new arrival. I recently started washing all the baby clothes and it took ages, partly because I was constantly marvelling at how tiny everything was.
- You do an average of three poos a day. Or on other days, none at all.
- If you have an ‘inny’ belly button, you can kiss goodbye to it as it’ll soon be an ‘outty’!
- You actually start looking pregnant rather than just like you’ve got a bit of a beer belly. There was an awkward period during the second trimester where I just looked like I’d put on about a stone around my waist but now I have a proper bump as proof!
- You don’t have to worry about holding your stomach in. Aaaand relax!
- You’ll lose count of the number of times people say to you ‘Not long now!’
- And the number of people who ask you if you’ve chosen a name yet. We have been really struggling to find many that we agree on. We’ve narrowed it down to two or three, which is great, but we’re no closer to agreeing on a favourite!
- Your feet hurt from standing for just a few hours. I recently went to an event where I was on my feet for a mere two hours and yet three days later, I still felt like I’d spent a whole night dancing in heels.
- You feel like you have a wonderful connection with your bub, as you communicate though kicks and belly rubs 🙂