I am starting to feel the strain of pregnancy… which I don’t even like saying this early on in the third trimester, but it’s true! As the belly gets bigger, and baby boy runs out of space I can constantly feel him moving around. I love this because when he moves I know he’s alive and active, and it brings me a certain peace of mind. I have gotten a few painful kicks and jabs, but nothing I can’t handle! I have gained about 23 pounds so far, which puts me at 133! I think the added weight gain is getting to me though, because if I stand for a long period of time my legs/feet start to ache. On top of that, anytime I stand I instantly have to go to the bathroom. I mean honestly I could pee whenever I wanted to at this stage, its a constant never ending thing. Sometimes baby likes to sit on my bladder and it feels like I have no control and need to go to the bathroom right then and there or I am going to explode! Then he will move and I will go back to feeling like I only sort of have to go.
Aside from the physical stuff, I have been feeling a lot of emotional strain. I have always been one to have high anxiety, rather it be over something specific, or just general anxiety. I feel like I have so much to do before baby is here, and I am just feeling really stressed out. I know all first time moms probably feel the same way I do- but it really sucks. I don’t sleep at night because 1) I am far too uncomfortable to get a decent rest and 2) how could I possible sleep with the list of things I need to do rushing through my head?! I think I will feel a lot better when I am in our new apartment, and after the baby shower when I have everything I will need for baby.
One thing that has really been bothering me is people constantly telling me “how small I am” when I tell them how far along I am. If you have never been pregnant you might think- oh what are you complaining about? But it brings this odd feeling when someone comments on my size, as if me being small makes me inadequate of someone as far along as myself. I talked to my doctor about it, and she reassured me I am measuring perfectly with my due date and that I have nothing to worry about! People like to normalize gaining 50-60 pounds during pregnancy, when really for my size you should only gain 25-30 pounds. I felt a lot better after I talked to my doctor about this issue, but people still feel the need to comment on my size every time I tell them I am 7 and 1/2 months along… I just remember what my doctor said and that helps ease my mind. Rule of thumb though for everyone out there who encounters a pregnant woman… do not comment on her size, no matter how big or small she is! Ask other questions like the gender, the name, or maybe her due date.
Tomorrow begins week 31, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to make it to another week. I feel so blessed to be carrying this baby boy inside me, and as his due date gets closer I get more excited to see him! I have started making some YouTube videos to document these last few weeks, so as soon as I start getting those posted I will leave the links in a blog post.
Check out my most recent YouTube video here! https://youtu.be/y6JAtDy0Ad8