I call the third trimester the home stretch of pregnancy but really…3 months does seem like a long time to be “stretching”. On the other hand, baby does some serious fattening up in this phase so I guess there is something to be said for the stretch after all. Either way, this is where I’m at and so I might as well give you guys an update since I haven’t done too much of that this pregnancy.
How I’m feeling: Most days, I feel ok. I have definitely been very run-down this pregnancy and struggling with energy and sleep. Knowing that I have 2 little ones at home and that I work definitely plays into it. We’re very much a family on the go and this time of year, this is especially true. My back has been giving me a bit more trouble lately but unlike my last pregnancies, it’s been more a product of what I’ve been doing as opposed to a constant pain and discomfort. Gardening, running, lifting and carrying my 2 year old (yes…he still loves to be carried and cuddled by his Mama and I can’t say no to that sweet little face) definitely come back to haunt me later on but I’m usually ok after sleeping. In the meantime, I do yoga, stretching, massage to keep things as loose as possible.
Clothes: All maternity, all the dang time. I don’t much care. I’d love to pat myself on the back and say that I’m still squeezing into non-maternity stuff but that would be: a) a bald-faced lie and b) something I’m not interested in advertising. Function over fashion. Sure, I’d love to proclaim that I can still pour myself into a pair of skinny jeans but I also love to proclaim that I enjoy breathing so I’m just wearing what’s comfortable and going with it. No shame here.
Emotions: For the most part, very well balanced and in check. I’m not feeling very nervous about this baby yet or thinking too hard about life with 3 littles at home. I find the only time I feel a bit bristly is the constant commenting on how big I look and/or that I’m “crazy”, “brave” something like that because I’m having a third child. First of all, yes, I am big compared to many/most other pregnant ladies out there but by the same token, I don’t need to be reminded of that. My weight gain is perfectly average/normal (about 20lbs to date) for what my doctor is expecting. I’m not gorging on junk food day in and day out (but I do allow myself to indulge, just as I do in normal, every day life) and I’m getting the vitamins/nutrients I need. Why people see the need to point out stuff like that is beyond me. I’m healthy, my baby is healthy, end of story. As to the other comment, I really don’t understand where you go from “congrats on your second child” to “OMG, three?????? You’re insane”. I don’t understand it. Do third kids have complexes? If so, I think I can trace it back to this.
Cravings/Aversions: I have no real aversions anymore. If anything, it’s more of a lack of interest in foods, not an intolerance to them. Other than when I’m craving ice cream (every. dang. day.) or watermelon, I don’t really have much interest in food. I eat because I’m hungry (all. the. time.) but in a lot of ways, food has lost some of its luster lately. I think the lack of sleep and restless leg syndrome are contributing to that.
Gender: No clue. We’ll discover this when baby comes in September. I’m pretty bummed because I wanted to plan a bit more for this one but when baby doesn’t want to reveal, there’s not much we can do. We looked into a non-diagnostic ultrasound but I refuse to pay $100 for something I’ll find out in a few months anyway.
Activity: Definitely slowing down. Now that it’s getting hot and humid, it’s harder to find a good time to head outside to do stuff and work has been crazy, which always cuts into my workout time but I still feel good in doing what I’m doing and am modifying as needed. I still manage to get in about 3 workouts a week most weeks, sometimes more but I’m totally trusting the body at this point and letting it dictate to me what it’s going to let me do. I’m stoked that I’m still running at this stage and that I’m still able to run fairly comfortably. I stopped running around 24-25 weeks with Mr. O. because of my back and a car accident but by that point, I was already pretty uncomfortable running. I’m happy and thankful that I’ve made it this far. I’m hoping I still have a few more weeks left in me. I won’t be cleared for running again until at least November so I want to relish the pavement as long as I can.
Here’s to the final trimester! May it pass quickly, uneventfully and as painlessly as possible!