Okay, so technically I’m still in my third trimester but with only 10 days left till we go in to be induced, I thought I’d better get this written now. Also, I’ve been feeling a lot of twinges and Dexter is super low now so there is a chance he may come before we are induced, which would be amazing FYI.
So how has my third trimester been? Well guys, I don’t really have that much to report as it’s only now, as I’m nearing the end that things are starting to get difficult.
If you read this post you will know I had big plans for my maternity leave including blogging all my weddings and family shoots on my photography website and walking the dog every day. Although I started off quite well with being productive most days, once Christmas came I kinda slipped into ‘holiday mode’ and I’m yet to come out of it. LOL.
And now that we are into January, I am really starting to feel the effects of being heavily pregnant. In fact, the last two weeks I’ve been so shocked at how tired I feel on a daily basis. I genuinely didn’t think it was possible to feel so sleepy all the time but here I am, struggling to keep my eyes open in the middle of the afternoon. I’ll admit, my diet probably doesn’t help with this as I’ve not exactly been the healthiest over the last few weeks but half the time I lack the energy to clean my teeth, let alone whip up a colourful, healthy snack. It’s no surprise I’ve gained a hearty 3 stone during this pregnancy but I gave up caring about that a long time ago.
As you may know if you follow me on instagram or Facebook, we have been having regular growth scans throughout this pregnancy due to me having crohns disease and being classed as high risk. This has been a blessing in disguise actually as we’ve also had a few scares where Dexter has decided to not move on some days resulting in us having to go into hospital on numerous occasions. One of those being on Christmas Day of all days. Of course the little monkey was dancing around like a trooper as soon as they hooked me up to the monitor, but you can’t ignore the importance of your baby’s movements. Or lack of as the case may be.
They have been keeping a very close eye on him and because of the lack of movement and also my condition, they have now decided to induce me on the 18th, which is 2 days before my due date. It’s quite nice to have a date as it means I can settle into my hospital room before they induce me. Unless of course he comes before that, which he may well do!
What’s changed since my second trimester?
I’m still getting that god awful burning in my throat, which I’ve had since the beginning of this pregnancy. It’s become more intense now and even Gaviscon only soothes it for a little while before it’s back again. It makes me feel hungry at times so I’m over eating to combat the feeling only to realise it’s not hunger at all but in fact heart burn or indigestion.
My sleeping pattern has increasingly got worse the bigger I get. I just cannot get comfortable and I know this is very common during the later stages of pregnancy because, hello, big ol’ belly gets in the way and prevents you from finding a comfy position. Not being able to lie on my back means I toss and turn all night from side to side. We need a bigger bed as there’s not much room now that I’m twice the size and sleeping with a pillow between my legs.
I have a confession to make. I’ve had to rely on nasal sprays throughout this entire pregnancy even though you’re not meant to use them. (Don’t judge me.) But I couldn’t cope with not being able to breathe and my sister had the same issue when she was pregnant and she recommended I use a spray. It’s been a lifesaver to be honest as not being able to breathe through your nose constantly is really horrible. I have no idea why I seem to have developed this weird side effect since being pregnant.
Other than that, I can’t say it’s been a bad few months at all. Like I said, it’s only now that I’m starting to get fed up and feel like everything is a struggle. Walking Sid has become impossible as Dexter is really low so my bladder just feels the pressure of his head all the time. It’s such a weird and uncomfortable feeling, one that I didn’t expect to feel. Social media does not portray pregnancy like this let me tell you. I see so many women looking amazing in their skin-tight dresses and strappy heels yet I can’t even get my feet into my trainers these days. Evidently I am not one of those glamorous pregnant women.
Rich is super jealous of the fact I get to stay home all day whilst he has to go into work. I keep reminding him that carrying a baby the size of a water melon around all day isn’t all it’s cracked up to be and actually, I miss having a job. I miss feeling like I have a purpose in life and somewhere to be. Yes, not having to wake up for anything in particular sounds like a dream but it can be a little bit boring when you’re so used to working a physical job every day. I find myself wandering around the house picking at unhealthy food and looking at the clock, willing the hours to pass so Rich will be home and I’ll have someone to talk to. OMG, that whole sentence makes me sound so depressed and lonely. LOL.
Of course I have my friends and family who I go see some days but people have lives and jobs and aren’t always available. I’ve never been a TV type of person so watching Netflix in the middle of the day isn’t appealing to me at all. With all this spare time, my instagram stories have never been so busy.
Anyway, I am SO very ready for this baby to arrive now and although I haven’t had the worst pregnancy by any means, I just haven’t enjoyed it. (Not sure if you can tell. LOL)
I’m over feeling bad about this fact too as everyone is different and I’ve said it before– not every woman has to enjoy being pregnant. The changes in my body have really got to me and although some people may find this ridiculous, that’s just me and how I feel.
Of course, I know it will be worth it when I get to hold my baby boy for the first time and see his little tiny face looking back at me.
But guys, I have a feeling the hardest part is yet to come.
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