Pregnancy: Part 3

I must say, the 3rd trimester is so much different (or at has been for me) than the 1st and 2nd trimesters. It has been over the last 2 months that I have felt the most pregnancy symptoms, the most excitement, some anxiety, and I’ve grown more this trimester than I did the other 2 combined.

Here is me at the start of my 3rd trimester:

Cravings…

I have had less cravings this trimester, but my food intake in unreal. I haven’t even thought of the popular idea of “eating for two,” probably because it feels like I’m eating for nine. Anyway, I haven’t had to put any effort into eating more than normal; it’s just happening all on its own. I think it’s safe to say that I’m eating small snacks just about every hour. I’m trying to focus on getting protein in as much as possible.

Energy…

As I mentioned at the end of Part 2, my energy levels dropped quite a bit during the start of my 3rd trimester. I’ve had some boosts of energy on random days, but it has been quite a pattern to feel tired after any somewhat major activity. That leads me into the back pain….

Pain…

I’ve had very few headaches, which is quite thrilling! But let’s talk about the back pain. After I do anything on my feet, if my energy hasn’t dropped, I still feel like I have to sit down because my lower back is killing me. There are moments where it feels crippling. If I stand for too long to don’t get to the heating pad quick enough, the pain gets so bad I can hardly move and it takes quite a while to get everything to relax once I’ve laid down. My only relief has been my heating pad. I purchased it early in my 2nd trimester and that was one of the best purchases I have ever made. I will definitely not miss the back pain.

At 34 weeks, I developed pregnancy carpal tunnel. Yay. My hands and wrist hurt pretty dang bad when I wake up. My doctor said that this is common for pregnant women during their 3rd trimester. The only thing that really helps is to raise my hands above my head to let the fluid drain out and just time. By the afternoon my pain/soreness is a lot less.

Sleep…

Once I hit about 33 weeks, I started developing some wacky type of pregnancy insomnia. I should mention, I’ve never had any trouble sleeping. A few weeks ago, I started waking up every 2-3 hours. I wake up to go to the bathroom, but once I get back in bed, I feel like I’m ready to get up and start cleaning. What the….?!?! For the last few nights, in an effort to go back to sleep, I have tried to keep all the lights off when I go to the bathroom and only use the flashlight on my phone or no light at all (think Wait Until Dark or maybe Hellen Keller). I mentioned my sleep troubles to my doctor and she said that it is totally normal, and that I’m just preparing for the baby. She said just relax and sleep when you can. That advice has also helped me a lot.

Nesting…

I really didn’t have much of a nesting urge the 1st or 2nd trimester, but the 3rd trimester I have been turning into a cleaning tornado. I find myself doing random projects here and there all the time. I will say that it is a nice change from my lack of activity during the 1st trimester when I could barely get out of bed. I find some weird comfort in cleaning while pregnant.

Emotions…

I still have random moments of crying (I cried talking to the mailman 2 days ago), but I feel a little bit more like myself. Oh, and don’t even get me started on protective instincts. The mother in me has become more and more pronounced. I’m trying to keep those feelings as bay as to not scare anyone, but they are definitely there. For example, the doctor mentioned everyone that is going to be around the baby getting up to date on immunizations (if they weren’t already) and about washing hands before holding the baby. I was thinking no one is even going to enter the room that the baby is in if their hands aren’t freshly washed. It is hard to describe the feelings I’ve been having; I guess I’ll just call it extremely protective.

Nausea…

Welcome back nausea. In the last 2 weeks, I have noticed some similar feelings of nausea as I had in the 1st trimester. I’ve brought the peppermint oil back out (against everyone else’s wishes) and have been using it mainly in the morning. The nausea isn’t as bad (well, then again, I don’t don’t think anything could compare to that 1st trimester nausea) and it isn’t followed with actually throwing up. *insert a short happy dance here*

Hospital Bag…

Does not exist. Well, it does in my mind. I know what I want to pack. I’ve researched and figured out what I want/need/and do not need. I think my lack of packing is due to my confidence that I will not go into labor before my due date. My mom was over a week late with both me and my brother, plus I really think that this baby likes it in there. Why leave? It’s warm and cozy. Plus, it doesn’t stop him from preparing for whatever Olympic sport he plans to play. I can’t tell if it is soccer, football, boxing, gymnastics, tennis, or some extreme version of yoga.

Baby Gear…

Now this is where I’m feeling a little bit of anxiety. I have a lot of baby clothes, but that is it. I guess I’ll briefly share my story about my experience at Buy Buy Baby, which explains one of the big reasons why I have bought very little. At the beginning of my 2nd trimester, I went to Buy Buy Baby with the intention to knock out all my shopping at once. I started in the car seat/stroller section. A note to anyone who hasn’t been in Buy Buy Baby: they have an abundance of choices for everything. As I looked around, I think it is safe to say there was at least 50 different car seats… and that is just car seats. Don’t even get me started on strollers. But hey, that wasn’t really the problem. I can handle options. It was the sales associate who asked if I needed that I couldn’t handle. First, she asked me if I would like some help. I said no, thank you. She continued to stand 3 car seats to my right as she made small talk and asked if I needed help for a second time. I again said, no, thank you. She continued small talk as she tried to engage me in conversation. While I would normally be okay with this, I really just wanted to have a little space and quiet to read and look at my options (all 50 of them). Somehow we jumped from her small talk to her telling me that there was really only 1 option for me to get, which also had a price tag of $450. That was just the car seat. Now, here’s my problem with that: I’m a first time mom, who wants to put my baby in the safest possible car seat, stroller, crib, bouncy chair, bath seat, etc., but I also don’t have $100,000 to drop on the fanciest, most chic, sleek, high tech baby gear. And the car seat is one of the most important things in my book at this point because I want my baby to be 100% protected in the car. So, I couldn’t help but feel like she was using my desire for baby safety against me. I mean, out of all the car seats was that one really the only option?! What about the other 49 car seats?! I started to feel overwhelmed, hot, tired, and filled with anxiety. Then, I made the mistake of asking about stollers. Do any of these come with strollers? Can you mix and match car seats and strollers? Which stroller should I get? Her answer? Oh, you can get the travel system for this ($450) car seat which is both the car seat and the stroller for $800. At that point, I looked at her like she had lost her mind. Or I was losing mine. Or maybe both. Then she says, I know it’s a lot, but if you are going to have a second child in the next few years, it will even out. SERIOUSLY?! So, I need to have a second CHILD to justify this car seat and stroller? And, won’t you end up telling me that I need a double stroller because how would I go anywhere with 2 small children?! I had to move away from the car seats. She led me to pack n’ plays and bouncy seats. I’m looking at these tiny little seats with price tags of $250, $350, $400. She would say things like moms really love this one. I’d look and see the $400 price tag and think to myself, I should do hope so…. I hope it gives them a back massage, changes their diaper, and gives them a bottle for that price. Again, I had to move on. We made it to cribs. So many options, and all she could say at this point was yeah, babies are expensive. I was so overwhelmed, tired, hot, and discouraged at this point, I didn’t have much to say. Luckily they were about to close, so I worked my way out and thanked her for all of her “help.”

All of that to say: I felt so discouraged after leaving the store. I felt like I had completely failed. When I got in the car I called my mom and she helped me to come back to reality. Yes, I need a safe car seat, but all of the car seats on the market must pass Federal Regulations – none are unsafe. I went home, laid down and tried to let go of that experience.

Since then, I have done all of my shopping online. I have googled all of my questions about car seats, strollers, pack n’ plays, etc. The online shopping has been great! No anxiety, no frustration, and a big plus: I can use my heating pad while I shop. I have picked what I wanted, and now I just need to order it. I really need to jump on it.

 

Now, I’m just so excited to say that there are just 31 days left until my due date! I can’t wait to meet him!

 

 

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