Serious third trimester progress and a pregnancy update
Man, my belly is BIG
Yeah, this third trimester thing is no joke. My first trimester I was super exhausted but still physically capable, but now I’m getting exhausted again and not so physically capable. Generally I feel good but I get more and more tired on days that I have a lot going on. All the extra weight is starting to take a toll and while I can still do all of my workouts (barre, yoga, walks), they are definitely getting challenging and need to be modified a bit.
How far along: 33 weeks (I hit 34 weeks tomorrow)
Total weight gain: 28.5 pounds
Maternity clothes: The only non-maternity clothes I can wear are low-rise yoga pants, some PJs and a couple pairs of sweatpants. I just have to wear all of the bottoms below my belly. Even my maternity tops are starting to get short on me!
Stretch marks: Luckily still a no, thanks genetics. The linea nigra (that dark line that goes down from your belly button) is getting darker, though.
Sleep: It’s been off and on over the last few weeks. We luckily got a new and stronger A/C installed which definitely helps (even so I still get SO hot). And if I get up less than three times a night to go to the bathroom it’s some sort of miracle. Most times I can go back to sleep right away, but some nights I’m up reading CNN on my phone for a while to knock myself out. This pillow is still a complete lifesaver! In fact, we almost left it in the Hamptons and I had to stop myself from going into a panic!
Best moment of this week: Matt and I took a prenatal class on Saturday and boy was that long. Neither of us do all that well sitting for hours listening / paying attention. Well, at one point, we were watching a birthing video and my super mature (read: 12-year old sense of humor) husband made a slightly inappropriate joke to me about the position the woman was in. He was cracking up so much it was contagious… I completely lost it. The two of us were laughing uncontrollably and crying for several minutes in the middle of this class. While it was slightly embarrassing, that laughing session felt GOOD. Later on someone asked a question about giving birth and used a phrase that hit another funny bone with Matt. He started laughing so hard that he actually had to walk outside and cool off for a few minutes. I think I’m fully prepared for little boy humor.
Miss anything: I finally hit the point where I’m starting to miss my regular body. Every once and a while I need Matt to help me tie/buckle my shoes and at night he has to give me a little push to help me roll out of bed. My size is just starting to become a little bit of a hindrance. I’ll be very happy when I can start wearing “normal” clothes again, too.
Movement: The kicking has been amazing. They tell you to count kicks, but I often joke that I lose track within minutes because he is just so active. When we went to my 32-week appointment, even the doctor commented that he seemed to be running a marathon in there. It’s pretty much the best thing in the world.
Food cravings: Nothing significant lately. I’m trying so hard to eat healthy but I just don’t love eating vegetables as much as I do when I’m not pregnant. Occasionally I substitute a smoothie made with a half of a bag of spinach for a meal to make sure I’m getting in my greens.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not at all since my minimal issues in the first trimester. I sure do eat a lot, though.
Have you started to show yet: Ha! I’m huge.
Labor signs: Nothing yet. I have been dealing with Braxton Hicks contractions a bit over the last few weeks but that is perfectly normal. They are slightly uncomfortable but certainly not painful.
Belly button in or out: It’s fighting to stay in but it’s only a matter of time…
Wedding rings on or off: On.
Happy or moody most of the time: Matt and I actually joked that I’m calmer now than I was before pregnancy. But really, I think I’m just generally less stressed out (no “real” job + making an effort to not be stressed).
Looking forward to: I get excited for each upcoming doctor’s appointment and the chance to see the baby. We go every two weeks now!
Fun Facts: People really are nicer when you are pregnant, especially when you are very large and pregnant. It’s nice to be spoiled now because I know that when the baby comes the focus will all be on him.
Latest Symptoms: Like I’ve mentioned before, my energy has taken a hit in the last few weeks. My workouts feel harder and I just feel BIG.
Current Baby Prep: We held off on most things as long as possible (and are still holding off on any purchases that don’t seem necessary right away) but we are getting the crib and changing table delivered tomorrow! Also, this weekend I’ll be going Layette shopping with my mom and mother-in-law. I’m SO excited! If you have any suggestions on things that you think I NEED to have by the time the baby gets home from the hospital, please let me know!
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I still maintain that you are one of the most gorgeous pregnant ladies I’ve ever seen. I’m sure you must be feeling really uncomfortable right now (especially as it’s so hot!) but I hope you can still enjoy these last few weeks xo
You are way too kind, Kathryn. Thank you so much for the nice comment!!
This is what i remember as must haves! Been a while;). Coming home outfit. Must include cute hat;). Bris outfit. Cute, loose fitting. Convertable baby gowns are a must have. Espically at night. Breast feeding pillow, even if you are not breast feeding. Bassinet. Swaddle blankets. Purex laundry derergent. We kept a feeding journal/ poop-pee journal first couple of weeks. Beleive it or not you will be so tired that you will forget what has just happened.
Sleep when baby sleeps. Take advantage of any and all help offered. Enjoy the first 2-3 weeks: its pure adrenaline!
Looking forward to being a new first cousin twice removed!❤️
Ps. Can I come layette shopping??
You are the best!
awwwwww I LOVE the update!! You seem like you’re doing really well but I also totally get that you’d be uncomfortable. You look amazing though and I’m so excited for you to have that sweet baby boy!
Thank you so much, Kayle. You always leave the nicest comments!
I just hit week 14. I am not really looking forward to the whole needing help to get out of bed. You sound like your are doing amazing! Just a few more weeks :0
Oh wow, congrats, Emily!! In the beginning I was nervous about how I’d feel at the end and even though it’s annoying and uncomfortable, it really isn’t that bad and I know it’s for a limited amount of time!
You are just the most beautiful pregnant woman!! Love your updates!! I hope you can still enjoy that last few weeks (despite the heat!!)! Can’t wait to see your little man!
You are the best, Zainab!! xo
I can only imagine what it’s like! But you look great, honestly the only thing that looks different is your belly. It’s almost over!
You are just so cute pregnant. Seriously adorable! I love that I’m reading this right now at 3 am with a piece of toast in hand because I can’t sleep and feel sick. ;) I was always such a good sleeper before I got pregnant, so it’s a change. I’m going to look into that pillow! Thanks for the tip!
Thanks so much, Madison! Gotta love the carbs:-) Hopefully your stomach will be back to normal now that you are further along! And yes, get that pillow! This is the one I love.
I think you’ve got the CUTEST belly! Can’t believe it is already third trimester…crazy how time flies.
I got to feel my coworker’s baby kick for the first time and it was magical from the outside…I can’t imagine how amazing it is from the inside!
You are the best!
ahhh this is so exciting!! regarding lots of kicks/movement…Penelope was the same way in utero and continued that way once she was out in the world (she still doesn’t stop moving!). honestly, i think the things you need during the first week are clothes (and laundry detergent to wash said clothes), diapers, wipes, swaddle blankets (i highly, highly recommend aden + anais), pacifier if you are going to try one (P hated hers the first 3 months though), and a place for baby to sleep. oh and bottles if you aren’t breastfeeding. and if you are breastfeeding, i also highly recommend having your pump and medela gel pads. i really think you can get by in the beginning with just those things. good luck!
Thanks, Rachel!!! That is super helpful!