Because Baby Ellis decided to arrive two weeks early, I never had a chance to post my Third Trimester Recap, however I did have it all written out so I still wanted to share for those interested!
I now understand when women say those last few weeks are tough. Your body is going through so many changes in preparation for labor, and all of a sudden things really start to feel so real!
1. Groin / pelvic pain - I've been experiencing frequent pain in my inner thighs, groin, & pelvic area. It's most intense when I change positions at night in bed, try to get up out of bed, or put pants & socks on. Also, I notice it more when my bladder is full. I've read that this is referred to as Symphysis Pubic Dysfunction -- a fairly common but painful pregnancy condition due to the relaxing ligaments around the pelvic bone.
2. Heavy belly - The feeling that my lower belly needs to be supported at all times. My doctor says this is likely due to the baby dropping. It does help to wear a maternity belt like this -- but I only wear it around the house when I'm doing chores because it's rather bulky/ugly.
3. Back pain - I think this is caused by the "heavy belly" :) Thankfully it's not terrible, nor does it bother me every day.
4. Braxton Hick contractions - Funny story... so I'm at my 30 week OB check. I lay back on the table, getting ready to hear baby' s heartbeat with the doppler and my stomach is TIGHT & HARD. Dr. says "well, we certainly know where baby is today!" After we're done listening to that glorious sound of a heartbeat, we talk about how I'm doing, etc. Dr. asks if I've had lots of Braxton Hicks & I say "No, I don't think so. Sometimes my belly gets tight, but it's just when the baby moves all up in front." She says, "Uh, Katie... that is a Braxton Hicks contraction... you just had one while we we're listening to baby's heartbeat..." So apparently I'm getting them ALL THE TIME, and had no idea.
5. Frequent urination - It's back!... peeing all.the.time, just like in the first trimester.
6. Slow moving - I feel like I'm walking slower & becoming less mobile these days. Well, maybe not less mobile, it's just harder to move in general. You want me to sit on the floor and put Shopkins together with you? Forget it. See that piece of paper on the floor? It can stay there. It's not worth bending over for. Also, shoes that tie? Pfft, no way.
7. Tired - A good nights sleep is hard to come by these days (and I know, it's only going to get worse!) I sleep an average of 5 hours, even though I still go to bed by 9:00 pm every night.
8. Slowed digestion - enough said.
9. Lots & lots of baby movement - a.k.a, the best feeling in the world. Even if he or she is poking & gabbing in places not so nice, I still love feeling all that movement! At our 34 week ultrasound we were able to see the baby making a sucking motion with his/her lips, then stick out his/her tongue and lick his/her arm. It was sooo cute!
10. Anxiety - This is not just a "3rd trimester" thing, it's been lingering throughout my entire pregnancy. In the beginning, it was worrying about staying pregnant... then worrying if the baby was growing/forming properly, and now it's being anxious about things going on in my body that I never knew would happen (i.e. mucus plug, bloody show, how bad it hurts when the Dr. "checks" you -- nobody tells you about this stuff, dang it!) And, wondering what labor & delivery is going to be like. We're praying to God every day that he blesses us with a healthy baby. I have faith, but I'm still a worrier... welcome to Motherhood, right? :)
All that being said, my pregnancy experience has been really great. Yes, there were some hard times along the way, and some not so pleasant side affects of being pregnant, but honestly -- I grew a human. Wait, I take that back. WE grew a human. Zac & I did this together -- by far our biggest, most proud accomplishment to date. I am so thankful we got to take this journey together.
Read my First Trimester Recap HERE, and my Second Trimester Recap HERE.