Finally. A time to write. Taking care of our newborn has completely occupied my every day life. I’m thankful to be able to squeeze in a few
hours minutes of ME time. 🙂
I’m writing this post just to complete my pregnancy posts so that Light will have some sort of reference when it’s already her turn (way, way into the future). I’ve already written about my First Trimester Adventure here, and also about my Second Trimester Adventure here.
When you reach your third trimester, you kind of stop counting and START COUNTING. You stop counting the shorts and pants that your belly has outgrown. You stop counting the times you’ve peed during the night. You stop counting calories, because you just have to eat and you’re pregnant. You stop counting the times you’ve dropped something.
You will, on the other hand, start counting for your baby’s arrival. You start counting for the baby essentials you’ll need. You start counting contractions. You start the count down. As a pregnant woman, you’ll probably know when to start that count down, but just in case, I’ve listed some “signs” that tell you you’re in the final stretch.
Here are some signs that tell you you’re in your third trimester and that you should START counting.
Third Trimester Pregnancy Signs
1. Difficulty In Movement TIMES 100!!!!
You know you’re in your third trimester when you find it very difficult to move around, even when you’re just getting off from the sofa. The simplest things to do took huge effort and time for me to finish. This was probably the hardest one for me. My belly was in the way EVERYDAY! It still amazed me how much my belly had stretched!
2. Interrupted Dreams | Sleepless Nights
They say to get as much sleep as possible while you still can because once the baby is out, you won’t be getting any. I say the sleepless nights started way before our baby was born. I should’ve gotten as much sleep as I could way before we decided to get pregnant!
Aside from the never ending peeing at night (remember to keep drinking water even if you have to pee every minute), the excitement over my soon-to-be-born baby, endless guessing if this contraction was the real deal, and intensified baby movements had kept me awake at night (and way into the early mornings). If it wasn’t my pregnant body getting in the way of my precious sleep, it was the anticipation over finally getting to see our baby. Not only did I wonder about what she’d look like, I also thought about the changes that would happen once she arrived. It was during at night when I was no longer plagued by distractions that everything dawned on me. It was no longer 9 months of waiting. It was no longer in a few more weeks. It was just a few more days. It was, even, at any moment now.
3. Body Aches
Even when I felt excited and energized in the thought of finally seeing our baby, my body, on the other hand, was having a different type of mood. It was tired! My body had undergone a huge change and had been housing this wonderful baby for nine months. There were no specific pains (maybe, occasionally, some back pains), but I felt like my body was in constant discomfort. Even when I wasn’t doing anything I felt tired. Breathing alone felt exhausting!
4. Baby Talks
This is the trimester where all you think and talk about are babies. I noticed myself doing this, as if talking about my soon-to-be-born baby helped tone down my excitement. Who can blame the pregnant woman?!?! I was days (and sometimes it felt like hours) away from seeing our baby, from true labor, from delivering our Light. I had to be prepared. I had to know everything I could before she arrived.
5. Body Changes
And I’m not just talking about the belly. Or the swollen feet. Actually, the SWOLLEN EVERYTHING. I found myself noticing all the weird changes in my body (and face), eager for it to be over, and wondering if it would ever go back to how it was before, young and beautiful! Haha!
Just to give my daughter an idea of how her face and body will change once she’s pregnant, here’s a short list.
Note: Yes, honey, I had warts and they’re common in pregnant women. Beware. LOL! 😀
- Darkening of underarms (the change was very visible)
- Dark line on tummy (your baby’s map towards your breast)
- Warts (mine was in my ear EEEWWWW!!!!)
- Change in facial skin tone (the shade of the foundation make up that I was using no longer suited me)
- Pimples and some unidentified objects on face (don’t worry, they were minor)
I know I may be forgetting some more changes here. If you’ve experienced other changes during your whole pregnancy, feel free to comment below. 🙂