Hey guys! Just stopping in for another quick bumpdate.
I hit 28 weeks last weekend–last trimester, here we go!
Things are still humming along in preggo land. I’m sleeping fine and feeling great, outside of a few annoyances…
For one thing, the gross, spiderweby vericose veins I have on one ankle are getting worse–if I spend too much time on my feet, they start to ache and throb. I’ve started wearing an ankle wrap (in lieu of compression socks, since I don’t really need the support all the way up my leg, and plus–UGH compression socks in the summer!), and it helps a ton when I do. The only problem is that anytime I wear the wrap in public, everyone (including total strangers) are dying to know WHAT HAPPENED, and I don’t really feel like explaining that they’re just nasty veins. (I may or may not have lied about it a few times–“oh, just a little sprain.” So there are a few people who think I’m either a really badass pregnant chick or a really clumsy one…)
The other problem that’s cropped up: a lovely little pelvic hernia! Oh the joy! It’s not really as terrible as it might sound–just some swelling that gets worse when I do certain things (like carry a 30-pound toddler around). I am a little irritated, though, that I wasn’t able to prevent it. I’m not sure if I even have any control over that, but I’m working out and eating pretty well–why do I still have weak muscles that can’t hold everything in like they’re supposed to??
I guess that’s pregnancy for ya. You just never know what you’re gonna get. And it looks like I’m getting a sexy maternity belt.
Some other details…
Discomfort: Thankfully, the crazy round ligament pain I was dealing with in the second tri is pretty much gone. There were days when I couldn’t even walk around the neighborhood without shooting pains. I still have some discomfort with excessive walking (and running is definitely not happening right now), but it’s way more manageable.
Weight gain: About 25 pounds. I’m not crazy thrilled about that, since I was hoping to stay in the 30 range by the end, and I still have 12 weeks to go! But I know my body, and I know that it likes to give itself some good padding during pregnancy (especially in the chest region–good God). I won’t say I’m not jealous of the skinny minnies with teeny-tiny bumps and 18-pound total weight gains, but that’s just not my body’s style.
I’m also confident that I’ll be able to take all the weight off postpartum, so in the end, whatever my body wants to do for the next 2 1/2 months is fine by me! Totally worth it, of course.
Workouts: Going great! I’ve actually been experimenting with morning workouts (I HONESTLY don’t recognize myself), and it’s been going surprisingly well! I’ve been doing about 20-30 minutes of at-home strength training every morning.
I’d like to get some more cardio in there, probably in the form of incline treadmill walking, but that’s not always comfortable for me. I wish I had a bike! (Or didn’t suck at swimming…or had access to a gym…)
Movement: Lots and lots! I’m actually nervous that we have a wild child incoming–this one is SO much more active than Mason ever was in utero. I guess it’s a sign of health, but I can’t say I didn’t do a little Googling, a la “active baby in utero leads to very active child later???”
Baby room prep: I bought a changing table! So proud! (haha) It’s still in a box, but it exists. I grabbed a white one with some basic shelves (can’t remember the name) from Ikea, and plan to get some baskets to store things in.
I also tried to buy a crib from Craigslist (ohh baby #2, things are so different with you…), but the sellers aren’t responding to me for some reason, so I assume it’s sold. Once I have that, I’m actually set on furniture, and it’ll be down to the minor stuff like decorating, and washing Mason’s old clothes. (And by “old” I mean practically brand new, of course. You know how that goes.)
Loving: The little foot or elbow that’s constantly popping out in the same spot on my belly. I can’t resist pushing it back in, like we’re playing a game. (He’s probably like STOOOOPPP ITTT.)
Noticing: I’m not nearly as desperate for my due date as I was the first time around. With Mason, I was constantly counting the hours to delivery–couldn’t wait to be done. This time, I can rarely even remember how far along I am when people ask… (to be fair, I can’t always remember how old I am either…)
Also, the week-to-week details, like what fruit my baby is right now, aren’t that interesting to me this time. Partly, I’ve realized how arbitrary they are–I mean, it really is mostly for fun, right? But it’s also because most of my thoughts about the baby are about the baby that we’ll meet in August. How/when will he get here? What will he look like? Will breastfeeding go well? What will his temperament be?
So that’s where I’m at right now. Here’s an easy and complication-free third trimester! (Fingers crossssssed…)