Pregnancy Update: Trimester 3

Pregnancy Update: Trimester 3

Today, we’re taking another side-step from home renovations and bringing you an update on my pregnancy! I can’t quite believe I’m writing a Trimester 3 summary already. This pregnancy has just whizzed by. And yet, I’ve already forgotten a lot of what it felt like earlier on, so I’m really glad I took the time to document it. If we’re lucky enough to have more children in the future, I can’t wait to read these back and remember how much I loved being pregnant  – and I really have.

For those who missed my other updates, here is what I thought about Trimester 1 and Trimester 2. Today, we’re looking at the final chapter…

Highlights

Finishing work for maternity leave just shy of 37 weeks felt pretty amazing. Technically my maternity only began this week at 38 weeks pregnant but I saved as much annual leave as I could to take the extra few days for myself. And I’m so happy I did. Leaving work was actually really tough. I had a good sob on the way home after everyone was so lovely and supportive and it made me realise just how lucky I am that, when the time comes to return next year, it’ll be somewhere I’m happy to return to. Saying that, working full time with 2 hours a day in the car due to roadworks and traffic, as well as home renovations on the evenings and weekends, was leaving me exhausted, and it was just the right time for me to take the time out to concentrate on myself and my family. Maternity leave so far has been a wonderful mixture of afternoon naps, training our newly rescued ferrets, clearing through baby clothes, trying t0 get the house tidy, and just relaxing. Might as well make the most of it whilst I’m waiting for the pain of labour to kick in!

Such beauties from my work chums <3

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Keeping Busy

Crikey we’ve had a lot going on. We’ve had plenty happening at the house including the installation of a new front door, we’ve plastered and painted the hallway, wallpapered the lounge, added decking in the garden, ordered a new sofa,  and bought carpet for the stairs! Updates coming on everything I haven’t got around to blogging yet – soon. Aside from working, Joe and I took a weekend off from everything when I was 30 weeks pregnant, and booked into a beautiful hotel in the Lake District. It was bittersweet really – the hotel was amazing, we enjoyed the spa facilities and the swanky restaurant. Joe got to try some new tipples of Whiskey and I binged on hot chocolate. But it was also a bit of a goodbye to our life as a twosome. A lovely one, but I was suddenly very aware that this was a precious last trip with Joe all to myself. For now anyway.

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At about 34 weeks pregnant I had my baby shower hosted by my sister. She did a smashing job! Baby was spoiled rotten with pressies but it was just awesome to have the favourite ladies in my life all together for the day to catch up and eat cake. I wish I could do it all over again!

It was also in trimester 3 that we took our NHS antenatal classes. Whilst I didn’t learn too much I didn’t already know thanks to my addiction to BabyCenter forums, I think for the dads it was great (some even had notepads!). I would definitely recommend them, and as ours were so informal and ran by lovely midwves who I’d already met at some of my check-ups, and with it being quite informal,  it generally made me feel so much more relaxed about what’s ahead. 

Symptoms

Trimester 3 brought with it hunger. As normal I’ve been munching on dry cereal and lots of milkshakes opting for little and often when it comes to meals. I tried desperately not to binge on junk this trimester but it was also my birthday so I’d be lying if I said cake didn’t play a part in these final weeks… Whilst I took a walk every day in trimester 2, and I think that has helped me reduce the amount of podge I’ve put on, it was a bit more difficult in trimester 3 since walking for more than 15 minutes was giving me the sensation that my pelvis was going to drop off. I suppose, sat here at almost 39 weeks pregnant it’s about time I should be getting some back pain and tiredness but I’m certainly not going to complain about it after such a great pregnancy. It’s true, I’m waddling like John Wayne now as the baby’s head is in my pelvis and ready for take off, although I’m trying to parade this new style as ‘pregnancy swag’.  I think in reality I’m just stomping around like an elephant in search of my pregnancy glow, which by the way, still hasn’t shown up.

Not exactly a symptom as such, but the only real downfall of being pregnant that I can think of is the absolutely horrendous effect it’s had on my nails. Normally I have some seriously strong and indestructable claws. I don’t feel bad about bragging this because once upon a time I would chew them off and I worked hard to quit biting them! But since being pregnant, I swear even a gust of wind and they just drop off. Baby has clearly been hogging all my calcium. 

Hahaha. THIS. #preggoproblems

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One thing that has really increased this trimester is the amount of Braxton Hicks (although Joe calls them Dawson’s Creeks) as my body warms up for that labour thing… They’re not painful at all despite technically being practice contractions, but they sure trigger baby to wriggle and squirm loads, which leads me swiftly onto…

Movement

Baby has been mega active just like she has been throughout the entire pregnancy. I’ve had kicks in my ribs. Punches in the groin. Elbows prodding out of my belly button. And I’m just so addicted to watching these movements. I’ve probably sent a million videos to relatives where we play “guess the limb”. She’s particularly active throughout the night though as baby tries to stretch out, giving the appearance of a Saturday Night Fever type of dance move erupting from my stomach. It’s very odd to see when it happens, but let’s hope this disco diva chills out a bit more during the night when she’s made an appearance! This trimester, I did have one scare where I thought baby had stopped moving and I went to hospital just to be on the safe side, as the midwives recommend. I was monitored for a while and given a day of bed rest.  Thankfully, it turned out to be just a very comfy little baby. Phew. Probably tired from kicking her mum to bits all night… trimester 3 02

Bump

I’m starting to get those comments now. And for any woman who has been pregnant before, I’m sure you’ll know what I mean! “Wow, you’re HUGE”, “Ooo you must be about to pop!” – those kind. I’m measuring perfectly for my size and am very lucky that I’ve not really put any weight on this year. The bump though is huge, granted. Huge for my frame at least. There’s a fully formed human in there after all. I think I’ve definitely reached the stage where it feels like I’ve smuggled a bowling ball and it’s brought with it my first stretchmark. Nooooo. Actually, I’m lucky I only have the one. I’m using Bio Oil every day, because it’s all that’s left in my collection (I personally loved the Cussons Mum & Me Stretch Mark Cream and the Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Stretch Mark Cream but I’ve run out dang it!) I know a lot of women love Bio Oil, but I personally don’t appreciate being basted like a turkey on a daily basis. Oh well, needs must.

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Overall Verdict

I feel quite sad that my pregnancy is coming to an end. Of course, I’m absolutely brimming with excitement to meet my first born – I think this much is obvious. But I’ve genuinely loved it so much. Whilst I’m naturally a tiny bit nervous about the impending birth, I’m almost in denial that it’s approaching and could be any day now, because it’s just crept up so unbelievably fast. We are still decorating this week and really it’s time to pack away the paint brushes and take these final few days of quiet to build up some energy for what’s to come. I’ve officially been prescribed sleep and sex by the midwife, and I kind of wish my mum wasn’t there when she did ha!

With a first time baby expected any time from 38 – 42 weeks I could be sat here for quite some time but I’m determined to make the most of it and I’ll certainly be dreaming of all those lovely pates and cheeses and wines that I’ll finally be allowed to eat again come Christmas time.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my trimester updates. I’m glad I did them because I don’t often read many positive pregnancy stories (although for anyone suffering with all the sickness and heartburn and the like, I really do feel for you!). I feel very blessed to have had such a smooth sailing 9 months and I’m really hoping this patterns continues through to labour!

I know this is a little different from my normal posts. I’ll be doing a nursery tour soon when the room is actually tidy! Wish me luck for the birth. I’m so excited to meet my little girl.

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  • Angela

    YOu are glowing you look really well. Can’t wait to meet the little wriggler xx

    • KarenAnita

      Thanks mum 🙂 We will meet her soon! xx

  • Ah congratulations on your pregnancy and it is lovely to hear it is going so well. I had a pretty rough pregnancy (twins) but I still loved it and missed those lovely baby kicks. It is such a must to document everything as you forget it so easily. Make sure you carry on doing it when baby is small too, I forget the milestones in the blur of baby brain! Look forward to seeing your birth announcement!

    • KarenAnita

      Thank you very much! And thanks for the tip 🙂 I did have a clearout of my phone this weekend and realised I had about 50 videos of baby kicks haha So definitely documenting! Even if it’s just for me. Thanks for stopping by Stephanie x

  • You look stunning and most definitely are glowing. And I LOVE the red and spotty dresses! Are they maternity dresses?

    • KarenAnita

      Aw that’s so nice of you to say, thank you!
      No they’re not maternity 🙂 The spotty dress is Primark (I believe it was £10) and I just bought it one size up than normal. The red dress was from boohoo, I think also a tenner! Got to love those super stretchy midi dresses! xx

  • Would you take it to heart if I said I’m so jealous that I hate you?! I’m loving being pregnant but not pregnancy! 3hours sleep a night and constant pain is not much fun! You, however, look bloody awesome, good for you! So exciting that it’s nearly time, hope you stay well right up to the end and that labour is a breeze (?!). Can’t wait for news and pics. xxx

    • KarenAnita

      Haha don’t worry Jude, you’ve not offended me 😉
      Aw I feel so bad that you’ve not enjoyed it as much. It is bloody hard work though. At least it’s temporary eh? I bet you look fab! Knowing my luck I’ll get a labour experience that’s hell on earth haha We’ll find out soon enough eeeek! xx

      • No, really….you’re very sweet, but I look like a whale!!! But it’s totally worth it, I really couldn’t be happier. I very much hope you have a great labour too and, besides, it’ll feel like a distant memory when you have her in your arms. xxx

  • Jo

    I’ve loved reading your baby updates and wish you lots of luck for Labour and meeting your little lady. I’ve just had my 12 week scan, this is my first and I am sooo excited! Reading your pregnancy blogs has made me more excited!! Lots of love and luck. Jo. xx

    • KarenAnita

      Thank you Jo!
      Congratulations on your pregnancy 🙂 Hope it all goes well for you – and don’t forget to enjoy it! If yours is anything like mine, it has absolutely whizzed by and I can’t believe it’s almost over xx

  • Congratulations on your pregnancy and all the best for push to pop day.

  • Congratulations on your pregnancy and all the best for push to pop day.

  • Congratulations on your pregnancy and all the best for push to pop day. Looking forward to your birth announcement and seeing the nursery in use! x

    • KarenAnita

      Thanks so much! I’ll be doing a nursery tour soon for sure 🙂 x