Third trimester is in full swing and I’m starting to notice some drastic changes happening to my body. Thankfully, at 36 weeks pregnant I’m feeling alright. But, if I have a very active day (which would consist of a grocery shopping trip or running a few errands) my hips will keep me up all night. Other than that, discomfort is upon me but I’m trying to laugh my way through it until the birth of my son. There are many signs that you’ve hit the dreaded end of the third trimester – where days feel like weeks.
- Hands that work: Watch out, they’ve gotten big and puffy. Look down and you’ll see the ape hands that have replaced your real hands. And, try sleeping with an open palm, otherwise you might be peeling your hands open in the middle of the night as you’re making your way to the bathroom for the fifth time.
- Breathing: This becomes a workout on its own. Alright, let me rephrase that, I can breathe just fine, but walking up a staircase is an activity on its own.
- Getting up off the floor: This is a whole new adventure aside from rolling out of bed. One day you’re just sitting on the floor and you realize you’re not sure what the best way to get up again is. It requires a plan of action.
- Clothes that fit: Get ready for round two shopping. They say you’re supposed to be able to wear maternity clothes throughout your entire pregnancy and they will grow with you. Well, come to the home stretch, you’ll one day glance at yourself in the mirror and realize that it’s not always true.
- Carrying my own body weight: It’s not just the baby growing. I’ll spare you from the medical facts, but there is a lot of weight that you’ll start to carry and you’ll notice it all come the mid to end of the third trimester.
- The waddle gets worse: It just happens. Between the baby positioning themselves and the endless growth of your belly, you’ll be forced to waddle.
- You’ve become a new species: Something between a whale, duck and elephant.Wha-duck-aphant?
- People look at your belly, before they look at your face: Everywhere you go somebody takes a second head turn to see that belly. Some will still run up and rub it, others will look at you as you try to sit or stand up in a chair, wondering how you make it look so ungraceful. Yes, staring strangers, we see you!
- Endless comments: People will stop you to say, “Looks like you’re about to pop anytime now, when are you due” even when your weeks away or, “I bet that’s going to be a big baby.”
- There are crumbs on your belly when you get up: Enough said.
- Rolling over in bed: Its has become a task that requires a count down and a loud grunt. Sexy is a thing of the past.
- Know your surroundings: The bathroom is the first thing you locate at any shopping trip or stop you make.
You forget what life was like before you grew that belly, and actually realize as much of a pain as it can be, you’ve truly fallen in love with that baby in your belly more than you ever could have ever expected. Motherhood here I come.