Third trimester is here! Just 13 weeks to go. Sounds like no time at all – until I remember that’s three months +! And that I have the entire summer in front of me : ) But I’m sure it’s going to fly by because it already is! I used to count every day of every week: “17+1, 17+2, 17+3” but now I am sometimes even forgetting what week I am in. A sign time is speeding up.
By far the biggest “news” this week is something I debated writing about, but I feel other women should be prepared to expect this: my boobs are leaking big time!! Well it’s not all that much – I don’t need breast pads or anything – but it happens frequently! I noticed some colostrum weeks ago, but it has gradually increased frequency of release. The weirdest new thing is that I’ve started to be able to predict when it’s happening. My nipples get a tingle/sharp/tightening/almost-needle-like sensation (it’s not all that pleasant) and I’ve peeked down to notice that there are indeed some drops coming out when this happens. Is this let down? So far I’m just so fascinated with it that it’s not a bother – I hope it doesn’t start to really leak too much in the weeks to come! I’m not ready for breast pads yet. A lot of people have commented on the veins in my chest, so I guess it’s not much of a secret that they are going to produce milk someday : )
On the bump front, it’s growing! A new feeling is that I feel as if my lower ribs are sitting on top of a basketball in there. Sometimes I feel like I have to re-adjust my ribs to take the pressure off. Bending over is getting increasingly hard to do too. I’m scared to bend over too much – what if I crush him!
I think I mentioned before that I have one of the deepest belly buttons in history. I’ve never seen the bottom. Well I THINK I can see the bottom now. I wonder if it will turn into an outie before I’m done growing!? That would be cool! Also that chicken pox scar that started way inside is now not even in my belly button. It’s on my stomach. So things are definitely pushing outward.
The movements are now totally FUN and really exciting at times! They have moved beyond kicks all day long and into the “that was a limb” phase. The other night I was lying on my side and felt a knobby limb come poking out the top. I put my fingers on it and could kind of interact with him. Matt was able to feel it too (Father quote: “That is what I’ve been waiting months to feel!”) Really cool. Little guy is also pretty wild in there at times and sometimes my stomach looks like a ping pong ball going back and forth. A few of the movements have almost hurt they were so strong!
On the symptom front, I think I have just now approached the bladder compression stage. I don’t really have to pee all the time, but on several of my walks I will go right before I leave and have to go again not 5 minutes after I’m out the door. I have to go the whole walk and when I get home – not much even comes out! I guess it’s just getting a bit squished in there.
Ever since our beach trip, my SI joint hasn’t hurt at all. For the short term I’m blaming Body Pump squats and am going to modify those for a while. I’m so thankful that pain is gone. My hip muscle tiredness isn’t too bad either (only some mornings when I first get up).
My biggest complaint right now is probably that sudden movements like sneezes or rolling over in bed can sometimes really hurt my abs/ligaments – almost like a spasm or cramp. This isn’t really new, but they’ve gotten stronger if I move too fast. Probably one of the reasons why pregnant women seem to take so long to change positions! If I move too fast I never know what my body might do….
Loving having a bump !
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