Almost as soon as I went into the third trimester I noticed that my energy levels started to dip again. Just like the first trimester, I’ve started to feel quite tired and fatigued and have felt like I’ve been dragging myself around just trying to get through the days. I’m really hoping this is a temporary dip as opposed to what’s in store over the next 10 weeks.
However, what has been quite exciting, although very uncomfortable, is the development of braxton hicks over the last few weeks. I’ve started to get them on and off every so often and whilst they can be quite horrible at times, I’ve tried to remind myself that they are a good thing and use them as an opportunity to practice some breathing and try out different positions that might help when its the real thing.
Still nothing to report.
I’ve been feeling rather grumpy and down over the last week. A combination I think of feeling stressed, overwhelmed and exhausted. I’ve been feeling it but worryingly, so too have those around me with the husband commenting on my frequent bad moods and my sister saying more or less the same, although in a much less indirect and more sensitive way. My patience hasn’t been great and I’ve been really conscious of how I am being with the little lady, trying my hardest not to be short or snappy with her. It feels like now would be a good time for us to take a mini break, perhaps a long weekend away somewhere in the countryside or by the coast just to get away from it all.
What I’m Enjoying The Most So Far
Long hot showers every morning and every evening. It probably doesn’t sound like anything special, but I’m finding that they’re really helping me to relax and unwind, especially at the end of each day before bed.
I’ve also started reading my hypnobirthing books and materials again, and even invested in a new one called Mindful Hynobirthing after reading about it on one of The Mummy Stylists recent bump updates. Even after the traumatic birth experience we had the first time around despite hypnobirthing, I really do believe that we can still have a positive and different birth experience second time round so am throwing myself back into it. I know quite a few family members that have positive hypnobirthing stories so I know it works!
What I’m Missing The Most So Far
The clothes situation has gone from bad to worse. I literally have NO clothes! Due to baby’s sudden growth spurt in the last few weeks, I’ve gone from having two pairs of trousers and at least a weeks worth of dresses for work to pick from, to one pair of trousers and two dresses. Despite looking online for a few additional bits that could see me through the last few weeks in the office, I only managed to find one dress and I still have another 6 weeks to go so I’m not quite sure what I am going to do.
What I’m Looking Forward To
Starting maternity leave in six weeks! I was luckily able to bring my maternity leave forwards by a week, so rather than starting maternity leave in early June I’ll finish work at the end of May which will give me three weeks before baby arrives (if he decides to come on time that is). I had always intended to work as far into my pregnancy as I could, originally planning to work up to a week or two before my due date. But the further along I have got the more tired I have felt and the harder I have found it. It hasn’t helped that work has been consistently demanding and fast paced since January, and balancing that with already having a little family at home has meant that life has constantly been non stop and leaving me feeling like I at least need a few weeks to catch up with myself before baby arrives.
I’m also looking forward to starting to get prepared for the birth of this little one and doing really practical little things like packing my hospital bag and washing all the new baby clothes. Thinking about doing little things like these and knowing that my body is starting to get prepared with the onset of braxton hicks creates a nervous kind of excitement within me that I havent really felt in this pregnancy yet. I really cant wait to meet this little one now!
As you can see from my latest bump picture, baby has definitely had a bit of a growth spurt in the last couple of weeks, with colleagues, family and friends commenting on my rapidly growing bump. I’ve definitely started to feel heavier and more uncomfortable when I am walking, and generally getting comfortable in the evenings is really difficult now. I know that baby is supposed to potentially triple in weight during the third trimester so I’m starting to get worried about just how big I’ll be in another 10 weeks. I definitely feel bigger compared to my first pregnancy and keep wondering how on earth I can get any bigger than I already am.
Movements have stepped up another notch with yet bigger, more noticeable and sometimes rather uncomfortable twists, turns and kicks. I’ve noticed that I seem to get a particularly hefty kick to the ribs if I try to lie on my left side at bedtime, which I suspect may be because this little one doesn’t like that position very much. They clearly disagree with the advice that this is the optimal position for mummy to lie in!
Week 29 – 31 Highlights
It feels so good to be able to say that we’ve finally started to get ourselves and the house organised for baby number two! Our lack of organisation was actually one of the things that was starting to make me feel really overwhelmed, so it’s been a relief to finally get started. Over the last few weeks we bought our first big baby purchase – a 4Moms mamaRoo (look out for an unboxing video soon) and got lots of the little lady’s bits down from the loft like the car seat and my change bag. But the most exciting of all was making space in the little lady’s room for all the new baby clothes we’ve bought (look out for a fairly large haul video coming your way!). One of the best things of all though, is finally feeling like I can start to breathe and relax a little. 10 weeks to go and counting!