Third Trimester Pregnancy Update

It feels like yesterday that I found out we are expecting, but now that I’m in my third trimester, it’s time for another pregnancy update!

Pregnancy Update!  Third Trimester

 

Can you believe how fast that went?  I can’t.  Of course, we’ve been traveling and we moved, so life has been crazy and I’m so thankful things are slowing down.

Pregnancy Update:

How far along are you?

I’m 28 weeks and 2 days.  Yes, every day counts when the countdown is this important.

How big is peanut? 

According to the various apps I use, the little guy is the size of a papaya, cauliflower, coconut or a large eggplant.

What’s my favorite app?

Glad you asked!  I love the Pregnancy+ app.  The timeline is very helpful when planning trips (we can easily check and make sure we are in compliance with my travel restrictions).   The photos and ultrasound pics are also really cute to follow.  I like the weekly updates and daily articles.  All the apps have those, but since I’m on Pregnancy+ most often, I tend to read those.  Every week I get an update on what’s going on with my baby, my body, health tips (timeline appropriate), partners info and twins/multiples info.  The weekly updates are geared toward helping understand the gestational development and changes to expect, while the daily articles are more lifestyle topics that pregnant women would be interested in reading or sharing with their partner.

Total weight gain/loss? 

I try not to weigh myself.  I see my doctor every 3 weeks because I’m high risk and I know they would tell me if there was an issue.  Peanut is a little on the big side, so he’s healthy and I’m still feeling healthy and eating well, so I’m not worried about the number.

What’s your take on maternity clothes? 

It it so, so important to be comfortable during this time.  I read a bunch of tricks and hacks to making your jeans last longer through pregnancy, like using a rubberband to secure the waistband.  You know what?  Maternity jeans are way more comfy.  I’ve found that having good maternity staples, like black pants and jeans to pair with my looser pre-pregnancy tops has helped me feel like I have variety in my wardrobe without spending a fortune.  I’m glad I took the advice and purchased some good pants and shorts early on because even in my first trimester, I felt so bloated and retained so much fluid that my hips and thighs didn’t fit comfortably into my regular jeans.  I could do an entire post on what to buy and where to buy maternity clothes, so I think I will!  Stay tuned.  Follow along on Instagram to catch my maternity outfits on a regular basis.

Sleep?

I’m still sleeping ok.  Starting to make bathroom trips during the night.  I’m pretty fortunate to have made it this long sleeping through the night.  Last night was our first night in our new Sheex Sheets and it was amazing.  I’ve used Sheex for about 4 years and I will never go back.  We were without them for a month after buying a king sized bed for the new house.  This time, I went ahead and got the Sheex Duvet and Duvet Cover.  These sheets feel like a dream.  They are made from performance material, so it’s like sleeping in your softest Lululemon clothes.  They help regulate temperature through the night and never wrinkle or pill.  If I have to deal with interruptions in the night, at least I can feel like I’m sleeping on a cloud.

Best moment this week? 

Ha, well these are probably TMI, but what the hell.  We’re all friends.

Earlier this week, I sneezed in Home Goods and peed my pants.  Yep, it happened.  There’s something about the second trimester that brings out nesting habits in mamas-to-be, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many preggos in one location as I did that day in Home Goods.  I have a feeling I’m not alone in that experience, at least that’s what I’m choosing to believe.

Had another fun moment over the weekend while attending a wedding.  I rented a non-maternity dress that was perhaps a bit snug in the top, but it looked great and I felt great in it, so I rocked it.  When I removed my bra at the end of the night, I was extremely surprised to find that I had lactated inside my bra.  This can happen in the second trimester, but wow, could that have been embarrassing if I hadn’t had the bra padding and double layered dress which kept it a secret.  Thank goodness Rent the Runway takes care of the dry cleaning bill, nothing actually made it on the dress this time, but eeek what a rough week!  I love renting clothes and there’s no better time than when my body’s size is ever-changing.  Catch my full review.

Symptoms? 

Second trimester was good to me.  My energy increased quite a bit.

The Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome was pretty well controlled and if you read the last update, you know that the first trimester was not fun in that regard, but things settled down with the second trimester hormone shift.  I’m anticipating it becoming a problem again in the third trimester, but fingers crossed that it continues to exceed my expectations.  My back is starting to hurt and I’m not handling all the work around the house as well as I did a month ago, but the house is coming together and I’ve got hubby and friends to help with the rest.

Swelling has been an issue for me.  Hubs assures me that I don’t look swollen, but boy do I feel it.  My shoes and rings are getting tougher to wear.  I pretty much only wear my wedding band these days instead of both the engagement ring and band because it’s too tight with both.  I wore maternity compression panty hose on our last flight and it helped.  In this heat, I can’t do the thigh highs because the rubber grips in the thighs get slimy with sweat, again, sorry for the gross details, but you asked for the update!  I’m stuck with the over the belly maternity compression panty hose that are a pain to adjust before and after my daily 10,000 trips to the bathroom.  I’d like to ask you guys what you did for swelling but preemptively, I will say that my blood pressure is normal and I am watching it carefully, so we don’t need to go down that path.  Seriously though, what helps?

Food cravings?   

I haven’t really had any.  I’ve tried eat healthy and keep the weight gain a healthy amount.  Every night I enjoy a few chocolates for dessert because growing a human is hard, so I treat myself!

Food aversions? 

That has eased up from first trimester.  I didn’t have any crazy food aversions, but I did not find certain foods, mostly greasy, unhealthy stuff to be appetizing.  Now, I still don’t have the desire to eat that way, but the smells don’t put me off like they used to.

Gender? 

Oh Boy!

Labor signs? 

I have some Braxton Hicks contractions, but mostly I have exercise mediated uterine irritability.  Leave it to me to have an irritable uterus!  What that means is that when I exert myself, my uterus contracts, but it doesn’t act like a true contraction.  The contraction part feels the same, but it doesn’t resolve quickly like a contraction does.  It resolves pretty gradually, so I can’t tell exactly when it resolves.  Doctor says, rest, hydrate and ibuprofen for me when this happens.  My back is cool with that, but my thunder thighs could use the exercise!

Belly button in or out? 

Still in, but flattening out more and more.

My biggest question for now?

Besides tips for swelling…  Which breast pump is the best?  Were you actually able to get a free pump through your insurance?  I’ve heard renting is the way to go because you get the double electric technology and the pumps are hospital grade, so they pump in half the time, but is that model one that I could get reimbursed for through insurance?

What I miss?

I miss not wearing all of my jewelry, especially my engagement ring.  My fashion rings and even some bracelets are too snug with all this fluid retention.

I miss the second trimester energy.  I felt it slipping away toward the end of the second and I’m just starting the third.  I probably wouldn’t miss it so much if I knew that at the end of the third trimester, I would be greeted with restful nights and a free schedule, but we all know that’s not going to happen.

I miss being able to push myself working out.  These days, I get the contractions I mentioned just from bending over.

What I’m looking forward to? 

I’m looking forward to bonding with this little guy.  I feel closer to him all the time, especially now that he’s kicking up a storm.  He already seems like a funny little boy, the way he kicks me back when I move a certain way.  He kicks the whole time while I do my under-desk elliptical, like he’s doing it with me.  I like imagining things about his personality, like that he loves the elephants in his nursery and the spicy food I eat.  I can’t wait to meet him.

I’m looking forward to having an answer when people ask me what his name is.

I’m looking forward to my next ultrasound in two weeks.  It’s going to be our first 3D ultrasound, so we should get a good look.  I think I can tell from the kicks that he is still breach, but we’ll see.

Being “high risk,” I have ultrasounds all the time, but they’ve all been healthy and great so far!  I can’t wait to see little boy every time.  I see him sleeping, kicking, playing with his cord, pulling on the cord…  I don’t know how people can deal with only seeing their little munchkin a few times the whole pregnancy.

What do you think is the best part of pregnancy?  Comment below.

 

Kate Thakkar

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Can’t believe you’re already in the third trimester, exciting! It’ll go quick from here on out….As far as swelling, it’s been a hot summer. Lots of water and rest seems to be the “cure all”. xo

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