Goodbye second trimester, hello third trimester! This is when the fun begins…
In all honesty, I think I’ve been feeling third trimester symptoms early. I’m still struggling – more than before – to get sleep, meaning I’ve been waking up really late. I feel so lazy it’s unreal! I’ve asked a few people whether they’ve felt the same when pregnant, but every one I know was the opposite and not able to keep their eyes open. I feel tired 24/7, and feel like I could sleep all the time, but I struggle to so much. Maybe it’s subconscious worries of baby things and other things going on at the moment. It could also be my body preparing itself for restless nights when L arrives. Either way, I’m hoping it eases up soon – although it apparently gets worse during the third trimester!
It’s soon going to be my 28 week check up with my midwife, so this week I have been thinking about things to bring up with her. These could be little questions I have about the next part of pregnancy, any discomfort that I may be experiencing and also birth plans. It’s important to think about these things now in preparation so that when the big arrival comes you know what should be going on – unless for any reason you are unable to do so. I am hoping for a natural birth, possibly water birth, but I understand that this may not be the case. I understand that I may need gas and air, or a water birth may not be available for me if I have to be induced for any reason. It’s important to think about what I will find most comfortable, and what secondary plans I would like if the primary aren’t able to happen. My midwife will talk through this all with me and get some sort of idea of the plan of action.
I have been experiencing quite a lot of discomfort this week – again, no worries as it’s totally normal. I have been getting a tightening pain that is quite painful, but once I knew what it was it was fine. I find that I find pain more painful when I don’t know what it is, as soon as I think about it and figure out what it is it doesn’t hurt as much because I take it on the chin and get on with what I have to do. Of course, I’m talking about the wonderful feeling of Braxton Hicks. Braxton Hicks are simply fake contractions to prepare you and your body for the real deal. It comes as a bit of a shock at first as it’s a strange sensation, not like any sort of stomach discomfort I’ve had before, but once I think rationally instead of panicking it’s not really so bad. They’re going to get worse the further I get in pregnancy, but for now they’re doable.
I’m still in shock that I’m now in the last trimester and in 13 weeks time – possibly 15, possibly less – our little girl will be here! They can’t come quick enough.
We also spoilt her a little this week, to see what we bought in a HUGE baby haul click here.