Hello, third trimester!! I’m so excited that I’m in my final stage of pregnancy. I wish I could say that I love every minute of being pregnant, but I don’t. It’s an amazing experience and I’m so grateful that I get to go through this experience of carrying my baby, but it’s not easy. I don’t love my pregnant self as much as my normal non-pregnant self. I’m uncomfortable all the time. I feel fat. I complain way more than usual. And let’s face it, I miss my morning boost of caffeine and a nice glass of wine or beer when I feel like it. The good thing is that pregnancy is not forever. It’s such a small sacrifice over a very short time of your life when you really think about it. I know that once it’s all over there will be parts of it that I will be missing.
I will say that back in October when I first found out I was pregnant, I never imagined that my third trimester would be in the middle of a worldwide pandemic. We are now in the 3rd week of being quarantined and it hasn’t been easy. It’s made this pregnancy so much harder on me. Like everyone else, I have a lot of anxiety about the unknown future. I have my good days and my bad days, but overall I’m trying to stay strong through all of this. June is still 3 months away and I pray every day that things are better at that time.
How I’m feeling
Overall, I’m feeling good. I’m staying healthy and haven’t had any nausea since my first trimester. I am however extremely uncomfortable. I’ve been having way more pain with this pregnancy than I did with my first. I have a lot of nerve pain in my back, butt and leg, which I’ve read is called sciatica. I’ve been dealing with it for a while now. It just makes getting up and sitting down harder, going up and down stairs harder and taking care of my 4-year-old a lot harder.
|Jack on the left, baby girl on the right|
About the bump
My bump keeps growing and growing. I feel like I’m bigger than I was with Jack, but I think it’s because I’m carrying this baby a little higher. I’ve already gained 21 lbs. I wish I could remember how much weight I gained with Jack, but I know it wasn’t more than 30. This time around, I think it will be more. At first, I was a little freaked out by the weight gain, but as my pregnancy has progressed I’ve decided I’m not going to worry about it. As long as I’m healthy and the baby is healthy, I will worry about the weight after the baby comes.
Preparing for baby girl
With all the craziness going on in the world it’s been really hard to get into all the fun and exciting things that go into preparing for a baby. Setting up a nursery, buying clothes for her, and even picking out a name has been hard for me to wrap my mind around. I feel so underprepared this time around. I can’t remember how to swaddle a baby or use my breast pump. I haven’t even bought her anything yet. I’m just hoping we can make do with what we have for now and hopefully everything will come back to me.
As for names, we have been working on finding one we both like, but we are a little bit stumped. With Jack’s name, both Kevin and I both loved it and knew that was the name we wanted. This time around there are so many names to choose from that we are having a hard time picking one. I know we will decide on something soon, but it’s been tough.
Do I have a birth plan?
I’m not one to make a birth plan, because I’ve learned that babies have a plan of their own. However, this time around I have to keep all my options open. Because I had a c-section with my first, I know that I can’t rule out a c-section with this baby. Ideally, I’d like to have a VBAC. My biggest concern is my recovery. With the concern of Covid-19, I may not have the extra help I was hoping for when I come home from the hospital, so recovering from a c-section might be really hard. But I also have been worried about having a VBAC. My fear is to go through labor and then have something go wrong and end up needing a c-section anyway. I don’t want to put myself or the baby at risk. So as of right now, I have a planned c-section scheduled for my 39th week. I know I don’t want to go overdue, so having a date in place will help ease some of the anxiety I’m feeling. But if baby girl wants to show up early, I’m going to try for a VBAC. I figured that if I go into labor naturally I might as well try for a VBAC. We will see how things go. No matter what, I know that I can do this.
What I’ve been wearing lately
My maternity wardrobe has not been very exciting around here lately. I’d say I’m officially wearing mostly maternity tops and leggings. I refuse to buy more maternity clothes at this point. I might pick up a couple new tank tops, but that’s probably going to be it. Once it warms up I’m sure I’ll get lots of wear out of my dresses. I will say that I did find a good maternity tank top that I really like at Target (HERE). I like these tanks because unlike the other maternity tank tops they don’t have that ugly rushing on the side. Instead, the side seam is sewn farther back, which makes it look like a normal tank top. They also have a good length to them. I’m thinking these tank tops will be nice even after the baby is born too.
I will leave you with a few of my recent outfits. Most of them are from before quarantine time, so that explains the jeans.