Third Trimester Recap

Well, yesterday was Baby H’s due date and as of writing this blog post late last night there was still no sign of him/her. I have a strong feeling that he/she is staying cozy for awhile.

In the meantime, I had wonderful intentions of doing two recaps of the third trimester just like I did in the second trimester but the last 12 weeks FLEW BY! So now that I’m officially 40 weeks + 1 day pregnant here is my third trimester recap 🙂

Previous pregnancy recaps: 

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First of all – the third trimester is when the belly REALLY grows. Holy moly. I honestly look back on 2nd trimester belly photos and I think “you thought you were big then? It looks like you ate a large sandwich!” ha ha.

For comparison… 28 weeks on the left and 38 weeks on the right. Now that is A LOT of belly growth. Lol

 

And here I am in the same outfit at 16 weeks, 24 weeks, 32 weeks and yesterday at 40 weeks…

So ya, the belly has grown A LOT in the last trimester.

Weeks 28 – 30

Physically

Working out started to get harder around the 28 – 30 week mark. I definitely noticed myself having to modify A LOT and the belly was really getting in the way. I remember around this time I was starting to get plagued with a really sore back by the end of each day and I started going to the chiropractor and prenatal massage regularly. Thank goodness for extended health benefits at work!

At 29 weeks I said “starting to wonder how this belly can possibly grow for 11+ more weeks” – oh sweetie, if only you knew! I also marked down that I was peeing a million times a day.

I started to get really exhausted around 30 weeks. I was not sleeping well at all and had sore hips and crampiness at the end of each night.

30 weeks! 

Mentally & Emotionally

I would say my anxiety subsided A LOT in the third trimester, mostly due to feeling baby move every day. That said, Baby H is a pretty chill baby and does not / did not move as much as what I’d heard was normal. For example, I was told 10 movements every 2 hours and Baby H does NOT move that much at all. At some point in the 28 – 30 week mark I headed into Labour & Delivery for a Non Stress Test because I hadn’t felt Baby H move for about 6 hours. Of course everything was completely fine. Overall though, once we hit that third trimester and each week I knew how high Baby H’s likeliness of survival was even if I did go into early labour I was much much less anxious.

Weeks 31 – 33

Physically 

I was still struggling with sleep at this point and ended up getting a snoogle pregnancy pillow which really helped from weeks 31 – 36ish. At that point I felt too big for it and went back to using two regular pillows to prop myself up. My back was also still really bothering me.

I started feeling lots of BIG movements like Baby H was really rolling around in there at this point. It was so cool! I also continued to go strong with the workouts and recorded doing three strength / HIIT workouts the week I hit 32 weeks.

My mom and her friends also threw Baby H and me an amazing baby shower at this point!

32 weeks pregnant and right after my baby shower! 

Mentally & Emotionally 

I really started to struggle a bit with weight gain and how I looked in photos during these weeks. I remember we got our maternity photos done when I was 32 weeks pregnant and to be totally honest I don’t love the way I look in them even though I love the photos themselves. Obviously gaining weight is par for the course when it comes to pregnancy, but as someone who has always struggled with body image / weight it is hard seeing myself look noticeably bigger in photos. The photo below of me on my 29th birthday at 31 weeks pregnant is an example of this, I really hate my double chin in it. That said, I’m FREAKING PREGNANT, which is something I wanted on both of my previous birthdays, and in the end that’s all that matters. So I’m sharing these photos and trying to be proud of them and not too critical of myself.

My weight gain has been on the higher end, just over 40 pounds, and I also went into pregnancy at a higher weight than normal thanks to fertility treatments. I am trying to remember this is a season of life and this too shall pass and right now a healthy babe is most important. I will have LOTS of time to get back to a weight I’m happy with and even if I never do, my body GREW A FREAKING HUMAN. That in itself is amazing.

Weeks 34 – 36

Physically 

Walking started to get hard around the 34 week point. I kept it up and am still keeping it up now, but I was getting a lot of round ligament pain when walking especially in my right side. At 33 weeks pregnant I started teaching a bootcamp two mornings per week from 6:15 – 7am and I taught right up until 37 weeks! By the end I wasn’t really doing anything other than demo’ing and walking around the room – and I would do squats, lunges and upper body work with the class – but it still felt pretty awesome to lead a bootcamp class when I was so pregnant 🙂

It was right around 35-36 weeks that I started having some pretty intense pelvic pressure / pain. It was (and still is) the worst after sitting or laying down for longer periods of time. I would literally have to brace myself on the nightstand or bathroom counter when I went to the washroom in the night. It is still pretty bad but I think I’ve just gotten more used to it now. Oh and I dealt with a bit of a scare when my blood pressure was on the higher side at my 35 week appointment, but it went down again the following week and has stayed down since

35 weeks pregnant! 

Mentally & Emotionally

I recorded feeling tired but good. Starting to get ready for being done work! My replacement at work started the week I hit 34 weeks and we had 4 weeks together. I’m so lucky to get a 12-month partially paid maternity leave in Canada.

Weeks 37 – 39

Physically 

This is when I truly slowed way down physically. I was no longer leading bootcamp in the mornings and since 37 weeks my workouts have consisted of prenatal or beginner yoga classes (I did my last vinyasa flow yoga class around 35 weeks I believe), swimming and walking. I still had a lot of pelvic pressure and pain but prenatal yoga and seeing the chiropractor weekly really helped.

I also found that I had major restless leg syndrome by the end of each day at this point. My legs / inner thighs would ACHE each night when I climbed into bed.

37 weeks! 

Mentally & Emotionally

Feeling tired and oh so done with work at this point. It wasn’t even the working part that was tough, it was the getting up in the mornings and getting myself presentable / ready to actually GO to work!! I am so glad I was able to take off almost 2 full weeks before my due date as it’s been SO nice to be at home nesting and getting stuff done before baby arrives.

40 weeks!

And here I am yesterday at 40 weeks! I’m honestly so lucky. I have had some of the normal issues – morning sickness, aches and pains, exhaustion, trouble sleeping etc. but overall I’ve had a very very easy pregnancy. I kicked off 40 weeks by going for a swim! I’m so lucky my body has allowed me to be active for the entire pregnancy and it’s felt amazing to do so.

Now it’s just a matter of being patient and waiting for Baby H to make his or her arrival. Hopefully soon!

Anything else you want to know about the third trimester? If you’re pregnant or have been pregnant before how was the 3rd trimester for you? 

PS: Today is my amazing husband’s 31st birthday!! Love him so much and so grateful for all his support during this pregnancy. Wouldn’t it be so cool if Baby H arrived just in time to share a birthday with his daddy 🙂 Fingers crossed!

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Reflections on pregnancy as we near the end

You can feel more than one emotion all at once and right now I feel uncomfortable and grateful at the same time. I feel ready for pregnancy to be over and not ready for it to end all at once. I feel so unbelievably lucky to have had this incredible experience of growing a human in my body and ready to no longer have a human in my body all at the same time.

For almost two years we tried to get pregnant. We talked to doctors and specialists all over Western Canada. I connected with other women battling infertility on social media. I injected hormones into my body. For almost two years every time I saw a pregnant woman out and about or a pregnancy announcement on social media I felt like I’d been stabbed in the gut with a knife. I like having control over my body so when I was diagnosed with Premature Ovarian Failure (POF) in January of 2016, it was devastating. I was basically being told my body had this thing wrong with it and there was nothing I could do about it.

Due to that experience, the underlying emotion throughout this entire pregnancy has been gratefulness. When I couldn’t stop puking over the Easter weekend I still felt grateful. When I felt nauseous all day, every day for 6 weeks straight I was grateful. When my back would ache at the end of every single day, I was grateful. Right now, when it hurts to walk because of pelvic pain and I sometimes cry out in the night from the pain of rolling over or getting out of bed, I am grateful. So grateful. And I wouldn’t trade what I’m going through for anything. I am SO LUCKY to be pregnant right now and I will never ever forget that or let the negativity / bad side outweigh the good.

At the same time, being pregnant kind of sucks and most pregnant people will tell you that. Trust me, this was not something I wanted to hear when I was dealing with infertility so if you don’t want to hear this right now – or reading this makes you angry – I give you full permission to stop reading this post now. But just because I dealt with infertility, struggled to get pregnant and this baby in my belly is a little 1% miracle baby, doesn’t make the experience any less crappy and I can and am holding both emotions at once.

I definitely didn’t realize how uncomfortable I would be, how much I would hate the way my body looks in most photos (or that it would take 30 tries to get a bump photo I liked!) or how hormonal / emotional I would feel. Also, in general you just don’t ‘feel’ good or like yourself anymore, and that’s hard, especially for 40 weeks. I also really miss running.

There are a few things I truly will miss about being pregnant though, and here they are…

Feeling the baby move

I LOVE when the baby moves. Right from that first tiny flutter I felt at 18 weeks up to the big belly movements I feel now, every single movement has been amazing. I’ve been lucky to not really have any painful kick and I’ve never thought his/her kicks were annoying. They are just a lovely miraculous little feeling of a small babe in my belly. The best.

Eric bonding with my belly

I mean obviously seeing him bond / love on a baby is going to be 100% better but I’ve loved watching him love on his little babe before it’s even born. He talks to him/her, kisses him/her goodbye every day and also gets so much joy out of watching/feeling the movements. Again, this is something that just overwhelms my heart with gratefulness because we waited for it for so long and I didn’t know if it would ever be our turn.

Pregnant workouts during the second trimester

I already miss this since I’m now well beyond the second trimester, but I loved working out during that time period when my belly wasn’t too big and I wasn’t too uncomfortable yet. I felt totally bad ass for doing so many Fitness Blender HIIT and strength workouts and rocking my 10,000 steps a day for 3 months in a row while pregnant. It felt really really good to move my body and have such an active pregnancy. I am still moving regularly now at 36 weeks but that looks like yoga with A LOT of modifications, very short walks, and slow swims once a week. I’m still teaching a boot camp class 2x per week but not actively participating in the full class anymore. I mostly stick to things like lunges, squats and upper body strength moves.

Anticipating whether the baby is a ‘he’ or a ‘she’

I am SO glad we didn’t find out the sex of Baby H. It has made these last few weeks so much more fun! It’s fun to imagine having both a son AND a daughter. It’s fun to brainstorm names for both. I am feeling really excited to find out, but also not ‘dying to know’ yet either if that makes sense. I will know when we know. I cannot wait to have Eric be the one to announce it to me in the delivery room though 🙂 <3 If we are ever lucky enough to get pregnant again I would consider finding out the sex of the baby, just to experience both sides of the coin. But I’m definitely very glad we did not find out for this first babe.

Well, that turned into a bit of a monster post 🙂 So I will leave it at that!

If you are pregnant or have been pregnant before what did you like about it and will miss and what was your least favourite thing about it?

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Second Trimester Recap: 2nd Half

Previous pregnancy recaps: 

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Weeks 23 – 25

Physically: 

Week 23 is when I started feeling a little less than stellar. I would say weeks 16 – 22 were the “sweet spot” of pregnancy for me. I felt amazing, had tons of energy, wasn’t too big, was sleeping great. Other than a bit of mental/emotional anxiety around waiting for our anatomy scan, those weeks were pretty excellent.

Around 23 weeks I started getting veryyyy tired and sleeping a lot more and for longer.

The above photo was snapped after a 5:30am Fitness Blender workout, so even though I was feeling tired and not sleeping as well, I was still managing to get my workouts in (and still am at 32 weeks now!) Honestly, moving feels SO much better than not moving for me and moving in the morning before my belly is full from a day of eating also feels 100x better. So even though it’s hard to get out of bed sometimes in the mornings, I’m always so so happy when I do.

Wearing the exact same outfit – 16 weeks on the left and 24 weeks on the right. I will be taking another photo this week at 32 weeks in the same outfit as well! Hard to believe it grew that much in 8 weeks!

I was down south staying at my mom’s when I hit 25 weeks and I remember my belly was starting to get super hard at this point. I was also having some pressure / round ligament pain when working out so I took a week off all workouts other than walking and that seemed to help.

Mentally & Emotionally:

At this point I was still riding the high from my anatomy scan at 22 weeks and feeling good mentally and emotionally. Baby H was also starting to wriggle and move much more, which I loved! My pregnancy anxiety went way way down.

One thing I have been a bit anxious about during this pregnancy is movement or lack of. Some doctors / sources online will say that you should feel your baby move 10 times every 2 hours and that is NOT the case for Baby H. He/she likes to take nice long naps and sometimes I won’t feel them for several hours! Throughout the pregnancy he/she has been most active in the early morning and at night right before bed. But often during the day I do not feel them for several hours (up to 4 or 5), especially on days where I am moving lots. So that has caused a bit of anxiety for me.

Weeks 26 – 27

26 weeks! 

Physically: 

I was starting to feel quite large around 26/27 weeks, but still managing to push through regular workouts. I believe this was also when I started to really not sleep well. As the belly got bigger and bigger I found I was having trouble getting comfortable and was tossing and turning a lot at night. Around 30 weeks I hit peak exhaustion with this and got a snoogle! So glad I did.

 

27 weeks! 

It was around 27 weeks that my back started bugging me. I have had some issues with back pain in my mid/upper back on my left side for years but normally it’s nothing a chiropractor adjustment or massage can fix. However, since 27 weeks this issue has really been rearing it’s head and giving me quite a bit of trouble. For awhile it was only bugging me every couple of days, but now by the end of every single day my back aches. I have been going for regular chiropractor visits and prenatal massages, and they do help a bit, but it’s always back within a day or two. I’m sure carrying around the extra weight is not helping.

At 27 weeks I had a prenatal appointment and Baby H’s heart rate was 142 BPM!

Mentally & Emotionally: 

It’s so funny writing these blog posts looking back, because when I look back I’m like ‘oh I was way less tired than I am now!’ or ‘wow, I miss when my back only bothered me every 2nd or 3rd day instead of every. single. day.’ or ‘I thought I was sleeping bad at 27 weeks?!? HA! 32 week me is laughing so hard at that.’

However, when you’re actually in the thick of the hard stuff, it does feel quite hard and mentally and emotionally I was definitely tired, struggling with the uncomfortableness as I got bigger and also struggling with the lack of sleep. I definitely wasn’t as ‘done’ with pregnancy as I am now, but I was getting there.

Other updates from the second half of trimester #2: 

My mom helped me paint this dresser and nightstand for the babies room with a cream chalk paint. I am in love with how they turned out! The nursery is still an absolute disaster / mess, however my first baby shower was this past weekend, so I’m really hoping to start organizing it now and will do a little tour as soon as it’s done.

How freaking precious are these little moccassins my mother-in-law made for Baby H?? ALL the heart eyes for these little things. I cannot wait for him/her to wear them <3 <3 <3

And that’s about it for the second half of the 2nd trimester! Next will be a recap of the third trimester. Since I kind of want to write it before Baby H comes, I might start by recapping weeks 28 – 38.

Other pregnancy posts churning in my brain that are coming soon: sharing our full infertility story, why we chose to not find out Baby H’s gender and if we’re happy with that decision (spoiler: we are!), nursery tour (when it’s actually done).

Anything else you want to know?

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