40 Weeks: Third Trimester Recap


Most Exciting Moment…

It’s a 3-day tie between my two baby showers, Showered With Friendship and Elephants + Elegance, and our 3D ultrasound : )

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Most Challenging Moments…

That scary nerve pain event while I was in Seattle. 6 nights in a row of insomnia…awake at 3,4,5 am for 2-3 hour stretches. I am VERY VERY lucky I haven’t had insomnia my whole pregnancy like many do. But that doesn’t mean that week wasn’t really rough. Also finding out I was GBS+. Getting antibiotics isn’t a big deal, but getting an IV drip the second I get to the hospital will be for me mentally (because of residual childhood fear of needles and IV drips). But after a few days of worrying about it I came to terms with its importance, and I have decided I will not let a simple IV have a negative emotional impact on my birth experience. That is a dumb thing to get all upset over in the grand scheme of things.

One Thing I’m Proud Of…

Can I say being active again? :mrgreen: Maybe I’ll say patience instead. My personality likes to take control and worry about things, and I think I have done a good job reminding myself that I am not in control of this experience. The baby will come when he comes and there’s nothing I can do about it! So instead of worrying, I’ve been practicing being mindful, enjoying time to myself and with Matt, and letting the excitement build but not the anxiousness. I am not a laid back person, so to be laid back while pregnant is something I’m proud of.


One Thing I Wish Were Different…

I wish my air conditioning bill were lower : ) It was a hot summer. I also wish I had gone swimming more!

Favorite Foods…

CHEESE! Always and forever. Plus I have moved on from popsicles to ice cream. Kohr Bros! And Breyers Vanilla Bean Mug Mash milkshakes with fresh peach. Fruit is still high on the list. Eggs are still a favorite. I’ve been loving sandwiches, spaghetti, fish of all kinds, blue corn chips! Cravings for buttercream frosting…

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Least Favorite Food…

I still have no desire at all to eat most soups. Haven’t since December! Smoothies are also not very appealing – no idea why because I like all of their components individually! I think it’s a texture thing?

My Physical State Included…

Lots and lots of rib pain. A numb spot near my ribs. A MUCH better back!!! A weird and unpredictable appetite. Uncomfortable sleeping. And towards the end: swelling, bloating, increased hunger, sweaty hands, wrist pain. Some fatigue. Frequent urination. Lots of dreams. Some Braxton Hicks contractions. Colostrum evidence!

Symptoms I [Thankfully] Didn’t Have…

Heartburn (SO puzzled why I haven’t had any of this!). Trouble breathing. Spider veins, varicose veins and hemorrhoids. Constipation. Leaking bladder (so glad I escaped that one!)

One Thing That Surprised Me…

That I would feel so good so close to the end. As soon as my back got better I just started to feel really good. I always thought the last few months of pregnancy would be horrible, but they were actually the best part of pregnancy! I can’t imagine anything being worse than the first trimester…. I was lucky not to experience too many bad symptoms in the third trimester and very lucky to get enough sleep. Until the very end, each week was better than the last. I found by the last two months I really loved being pregnant and all the excitement that comes with it.


Looking Forward To…

The first time I breastfeed. Introducing him to his nursery. Using some of our new baby gear and clothes! Pumpkin beer!!!! Getting to watch our family meet and hold him for the first time. Sharing his name!

See the First Trimester Recap here.

See the Second Trimester Recap here.

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42 thoughts on “40 Weeks: Third Trimester Recap”

  1. What a wonderful pregnancy you have had, and you look absolutely amazing!!! Here’s to a great delivery!! This is the fun part. I loved to see the reaction on peoples faces when they would ask when I was due and I could say today or yesterday, and some would panic as if they couldn’t believe I was out of the house. 🙂 I was 8 days late with my daughter, which caused her to be born on my husbands birthday. That was a pretty cool gift!!

  2. Best of luck to you as you approach your delivery! I know I have enjoyed following your pregnancy-thanks for always sharing with us.

  3. Love the recap. It IS so difficult to be relaxed and patient near the end (Im also struggling as we dont even know the gender. again!) You are wise to be mindful of what you do and do not have control over. This will be a valuable tool on the road ahead, especially in the newborn phase. 🙂
    Best of luck to you! Enjoy these last few days of anticipation.

  4. So close! Good luck on your Labor Day, whenever it is.

    I’ve never had heartburn while pregnant either, and both babies had a full head of hair at birth–so much for that OWT. Everyone’s pregnancy experience is so different, but I love reading about all of them. It sounds like yours has been a good one.

  5. You are well prepared and had a great pregnancy. Yay!. I know you felt good because you ate well and exercised when you could. Good job! You know know the baby can be two weeks early or late (but perfect timing for him), so hang in there. Enjoy just resting before you’ll have some sleepless nights or nights with less hours of sleep. Your pregnancy went fast! I’m sure you hear it all the time but everything goes fast because my two bous are 7 & 9 & I savor(ed) each moment.

  6. It’s been a real pleasure to experience your pregnancy with you, and to learn so much! Good luck, and I hope you don’t have to wait much longer 🙂

  7. Congratulations! Making it to 40 weeks is fantastic for your baby. Enjoy taking care of him now, because it’s a lot harder when they’re on the outside! Cuddle your husband, go do something ALONE and enjoy the quiet for just a little bit.

  8. I have enjoyed your posts on both blogs but this one made me tear up. Motherhood is such a wonderful time of life and I loved being pregnant and nursing my babies. The youngest one just started college. I started following your blog back when I started school, in January of 2010, or soon there after. I am studying to be a RD and will finish in May 2014. I love seeing women enjoy the time of life that you are experiencing. I look forward to seeing the pictures of your son. Good luck with labor and motherhood, you’ll do great :o)

  9. It’s so great to hear that the third trimester was not as bad as you thought, same happening here! 🙂 I think we’re just lucky and being active also helps.
    looking forward to the arrival of the baby!!! 🙂

  10. I hate needles too! I had a hole in my heart fixed when I was twenty two and I was more nervous about the IV than the freaking heart surgery! Everything went fine though. Try to stay extra hydrated as that makes finding veins easier 🙂

  11. Yeah for 40 weeks!
    I hope that they told you, or someone did, that you don’t have to be hooked up to the i.v. the whole time– ask for a heparin lock! The i.v. stays in, but you are not attached to the cords. My first labor (well, only, I guess) they had to do a dose every 4 hours. I do not know if that has changed, since the second time I didn’t even get to labor.
    And ask for it in your arm–do not let them do it in your hand, it is uncomfortable and it gets in the way. I hated that once she was here (Of course, I had a c-section, so I had an i.v. longer than someone who delivered vaginally) that my hand was basically useless. But it was annoying in my hand even before that, because it hurt, and I couldn’t move my hand without it hurting.
    My local hospital also does a small dose of local anesthetic at the i.v. site– BEST thing ever! I was so swollen by the time my c-section actually came that they had to bring in an ultrasound machine to find my veins, so do not let them use not being able to find a vein as an excuse.
    You probably know all this anyway, since you are crazy informed, but doesn’t hurt to say my bit, right? 🙂
    I worked with a gal who had a false negative on the GBS– baby was born seemingly okay, but about 2 hours after her lungs started to bleed, it was very scary and they nearly lost her. She is okay now, however.

  12. Yay! So close! I had group b strep with my second and really, it’s no biggie. I was given a dose of antibiotic right when I got to the hospital and then was done. Although, it’s probably a good idea to get to the hospital with enough time to have four hours post antibiotic, otherwise they’ll keep you another day.

    I had only a 6hr 45min labor and got to the hospital only three hours before giving birth so not enough time apparently. That actually really pissed me off ha.

  13. I was GBS+ too, to my dismay. I was going to a birth center and I did not look forward to that added complication, however small. But I found that inserting the needle for the IV was actually a welcome distraction during a contraction! And having the hep lock in my hand between doses was not even noticeable. I was bummed about the GBS – since I tried to stay so healthy – but looking back it doesn’t even figure into my story (except that I was happy we could get both doses in, I went pretty fast). Good luck! The best days of your life are ahead!

  14. Good Luck! I am a long time KERF reader and have so enjoyed following your pregnancy. Thanks for sharing such a special time. You guys are going to be a precious family.

  15. Well, it sounds like you have had a great pregnancy so far! I loved your comment about pumpkin beer; I look forward to it every year as well! That, and pumpkin wine 🙂

  16. It’s terrific that you’ve felt so good during the pregnancy (minus the struggles with morning sickness, nerve pain, and a few other issues). One of my favorite things about BERF is that your posts are very positive. Even though I think pregnant women have ALL THE RIGHT IN THE WORLD to complain about aches and pains, you haven’t done that. That’s really made the whole idea of pregnancy much less scary to me, and probably to other wary readers in general.

  17. Hey Kath, one of my many friends due this month just posted this link and I thought you might enjoy it: http://haveyouhadthatbabyyet.com/

    Something must be in the water because I cannot count the number of friends who have recently delivered or are about to in the next few weeks. Du courage!

  18. I’m 33 weeks pregnant and am also looking forward to enjoying some beer and wine after the baby arrives in October. They just started selling Pumking for the season up here in the D.C. area, so I had my husband buy and stash a few bottles for us to enjoy post-baby!

      1. Earlier this week, Total Wine and Arrowine (wine store in Arlington, VA) had both received shipments, but were limiting purchases to 3 bottles/person. Both said they expected to receive a bigger shipment in the next week or two.

  19. So glad that you have enjoyed your pregnancy. Meeting your little one for the first time will be amazing.

    A side note, you might consider taking probiotics if you don’t already. They really help keep the good bacteria around after all those antibiotics you will receive. I have a couple friends that struggle with Thrush while breastfeeding, which most likely started because of GBS+ antibiotics wiping their systems too clean.

  20. I highly recommend going for a really long walk today. In my opinion (and my doctor’s) being active really gets things moving! I walked 7 miles (very slowly), came home, put my feet up and contractions began! My baby was born 9 hours later! Hang in there!

  21. What an inspiring pregnant woman you are! Did you realize apart from eating well, exercising throughout pregnancy, buying and assembling baby gear, putting together the nursery, socializing frequently, keeping up with the doc appointments AND getting things crossed off the to-do list well ahead of time, you worked NONSTOP!!! You didnot only keep up with your original blog you started a whole new one and posted on it regularly!! And I should say it’s just not any normal pregnancy chronicles but it’s got a wealth of useful information for pregnant women all over. You are a super woman Kath! No wonder your mind is always thinking and you can’t sleep well:-)

  22. And one more thing Kath, the baby has to be here sooner or later, just think of it like this..you have worked really hard from the beginning of your pregnancy to get all, I mean ALL things right and now everything’s done on your super long list! If the baby’s here immediately, a whole new set of responsibilities will begin for you. Think of this time as a chance to get a breather, a last chance to enjoy yourselves as a family of two and a chance to get recharged for the whole new role. Let the cozy little fella take his own time, you just relax and smell the roses 🙂 You deserve a break like this:-)

  23. So excited for you! I’m due in 3 weeks and am anxiously awaiting to hear your news! I also can’t wait to hear about your birth experience. It’s been fun being a few weeks behind you and seeing what I have to look forward to! Best of luck to you….so many people are thinking of you and wishing you the best!!

  24. May I ask where the phobia of needles/IV came from? I never quite understood that one! Although, I have a major fear of spiders 🙂

    1. Bad experiences when I was little. Stitches in my chin in kindergarten and a hep B scare in first grade at a pizza hut that we all had to get shots for. Plus, they HURT!

  25. Hi! I’ve been reading along for the last 9 months or so – I’m a doctor and nutritionist in Aust and stumbled across your blog while looking for a kale chip recipe. Love your attitude towards food and incorporating as many colours and textures as possible!
    My baby was also due yesterday however arrived a few days early. As a medic and also a fellow GBS+ person I wanted to recommend you ask for a tiny amount of local anaesthetic before they put the cannula in. Either injected or topical would be good. And, look the other way and think beautiful thoughts! Good luck!

  26. Glad you’re excited about breastfeeding. It was something I always looked forward to as well & my 4th old latched on right away & it is an amazing experience! I continue to cherish this time between us – I’m nursing him now! Ha ha. Can’t wait to hear about your experience with this all.

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