First week of the third trimester this time around started off with a lot of anxiety. I'll explain more below, but I think this last part of my pregnancy is going to be the toughest based on this past week!
Let's take a look at my first and second pregnancies to see how they are stacking up against each other this week!
Let's start with the movement because it was a big source of worry for me this week. Like I mentioned last week, my first baby was very active in the womb. I rarely worried about her movements because they were almost constant. With this second pregnancy, I've noticed a lot less powerful movements and a lot more subtle, really-have-to-be-paying-attention ones.
One night early this week, I was taking a bath and finally had a moment of peace and quiet to myself, so I decided to consciously feel for the baby. After about 20 minutes of nothing, I started to panic a little. I finished bathing, got dressed, and went to lay on the couch to try again. Still nothing. My husband came home and I voiced my concern. We tried several different things: lightly poking, me turning upside down, jiggling my belly, my husband talking to her. Nothing seemed to work. The only movements I felt were the faintest ones really low in my belly, and sometimes I couldn't tell if I was really feeling anything at all.
I went to bed trying to relax and give it to God. Even though I had calmed myself down, I simply could not sleep. I laid awake most of the night trying so hard to feel a kick or something in a different part of my stomach, but to no avail. The next day, I decided to call my doctor just to be safe. I spoke to a nurse who said it was a good sign that I was feeling something and that sometimes babies just find a comfy spot they like and hang out there for a few days. She instructed me to do a formal kick count, which required me to eat something sweet, drink a whole glass of ice water, and lie down for 2 hours straight. I was to note every movement I felt and the goal was to get to 10 by the end of the 2 hours.
Well, I have a toddler who decided not to nap that day, so this process was going to be difficult. My mom graciously volunteered to come watch my daughter while I laid down in the bedroom to focus on counting kicks. I chugged some ice water, ate Greek yogurt with chocolate granola and some fruit snacks, and headed to bed. To my surprise and relief, within 1 hour I had felt 10 solid kicks from our little girl. They were all still really low, but they were definitive enough to calm me down.
Since that day, she has come out of that low part of my belly and I have been feeling her all over the place. I realize that she probably has a ton of movement throughout the day that I don't notice because I am so busy with housework, writing, or running after our two year old. I'm also very appreciative of the nurse's advice and if this ever happens again, I know how to properly count the kicks to know if something really is wrong.
As I start my third and final trimester, I know the worry is naturally going to go up along with the discomfort. It really started last week, but I am in full-whale mode now. I feel huge, I look huge, and I know I only have more growing to do.
I didn't have the strongest abdominal muscles when I became pregnant, and now that they are being pushed to their limit, they aren't able to hold up the weight and I am really feeling the pain from that. My body feels like it's constantly being pulled forward, so the backaches and exhaustion are quick to come when I've been up for an extended period of time. My mom suggested looking into one of those bands that helps hold everything up. Anyone ever tried one? I don't even know where to begin looking for one, but it's worth a shot with 12 weeks still to go.
Something I am a little shocked by this week's comparison is the weight gain. At this point in my last pregnancy, I was up 3 lbs more than I am this time around. I haven't been very diligent about what I am putting into my body, so who knows the reason behind that difference. My birthday came and went this past weekend and I overindulged on a lot of strawberry cake, so next week I'll probably be caught back up!
Thanks for checking in guys!