Friday, 30 August 2013

The Third Trimester

Jesus, where did the time go!?
I cannot believe I am now in the third trimester and 7 months pregnant!!  At times the pregnancy has felt like its dragging but now looking back I can't believe how fast it is speeding by.


We have SO much to do and prepare, including moving house, decorating said house and buying a million items for Harry's arrival.  This is all pretty stressful for a normal non-preggo lady so as you can imagine I'm freaking out a little having to do all this whilst carrying a huge ball of water and baby inside me!!

For me, the third trimester definitely feels very suddenly different from the second one and here is a few of the symptoms I am experiencing, and some that have actually disappeared!

Fatigue - Extreme tiredness hit me around week 26 and hasn't budged since.  Some days are better than others, my worst days usually being Sundays as I spend Saturdays out and about and on my feet so the next day I feel pretty pooped!
I have found that giving in to the tiredness is sometimes the only way to help!  If your body wants to nap at 11am then let it!  However I know its not practical to nap at your desks (damn) so I find eating little healthy snacks keep my energy levels just about up enough to get me through the day.  A smoothie in the morning, nuts and little chunks of cheese are amongst my snacks

Sciatica - I have posted about this horrible symptom here and you can read more about it on the What to Expect When You're Expecting website here

Dodgy Tummy - Also around the 26 week mark I started to get a bit of a dodgy tummy, I haven't had the dreaded constipation yet but mine was the opposite (sorry TMI)  I have heard this is really common in the third trimester and eating natural yoghurt's and toast can help to ease it

Constant need to pee! - I am literally bursting for the loo 24/7 but when I come to go its like a teeny tiny trickle!!  This is due to the pressure your baby and uterus is putting on your bladder which makes it feel a lot fuller than it actually is and therefore making your body think you need to empty it ASAP!

Big Kicks- Now Harry is getting a lot bigger and running out of space in there I am feeling some VERY hard kicks!  I can feel every moment he makes now and if he decides to have a little roll around or do some flips it can be quite painful as he is kicking/punching out all over the place!

Rib pain - Where my uterus is now the size of a basketball it is really pushed right up against my ribcage and I often get some pretty hard kicks there too!  This causes an agonising burning sensation that is only helped by me laying down flat and stretching my arms up!  I don't know if this is common in everyone as I think it may affect shorter people more due to having shorter bodies?!

Heartburn - I have had heartburn pretty much the whole of the pregnancy (HAIRY BABY!!!??)  I have pretty much just got used to it now and a swig of Gaviscon or a glass of cold milk helps to settle it down
  
Baby Brain - I used to think baby brain was total rubbish but now I definitely think it is real!!!!  I seem to have the same conversation 3 times at the moment according to friends and family! I am totally forgetful and I am finding it hard to process any information properly!  No cure for this one I'm afraid..

Nosebleeds have stopped - I was pretty much having a nosebleed once or twice a day but these have completely stopped!  I think most people get them more in the third trimester as your blood flow increases again, so that's a bit weird!!

No swelling.. yet - I haven't had any water retention or swelling in any of my limbs yet at all and I am SO thankful for that as I know its very common.  I am still expecting it to happen as I get heavier but so far its not been an issue for me

You can read more about what symptoms you may get during the third trimester here on the What to Expect When You're Expecting website 

What symptoms did you have in the third trimester??
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4 comments

  1. Oh you're getting so close Lucie, its so exciting!!!
    I had the extreme rib pain with Tyne, it was SO irritating! I'm 5'9 so not sure it can be size related?! I literally just felt like his foot or something was permanently resting against my rib making it burn!

    I remember the peeing and the "opposite of constipation" problem well!


    Hayley
    Sparkles & Stretchmarks - UK Based parenting blog
    xxx

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  2. I know its stupidly exciting Hayley!!!
    Its so sore isn't it :( Although at the weekend it was fine!? It must be where I am sat at work at my desk all day.. oh well only 4 weeks of that to go!

    xx

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  3. Aw good luck with these last weeks! I've had really bad heartburn too throughout my pregnancy and unfortunately it still hasn't eased up at all and I'm due this weekend. Not long to go now though :) x

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  4. Thank you Stephanie! Heartburn is the WORST! Good luck with the labour! xx

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