I haven’t really written about my pregnancy very much, partly because it’s been going so quickly, and partly because I have had so many other things to be doing and writing about. However last week I hit the 30 weeks pregnant milestone, and do you know what it took me by surprise.
I certainly know what people mean by you losing track of time during your second or later pregnancies. I’ve had people ask me how many weeks I am, and I actually have to stop and think about it. Whereas with my first I knew exactly how many weeks and how many days I was, and how many days I had left. However this time round I am super busy with a toddler to look after, and I’m feeling a lot more relaxed compared to my first, so I think that’s why I’m not keeping track of it so intensely.
Having said that and because this blog didn’t exist during my first pregnancy, I think it’s important to capture how I am and how I am feeling at this important milestone of the third trimester.
That’s true. People say that I’m not huge and actually have quite a neat bump for 30 weeks pregnant, but I feel huge. I’m now at the stage where my bump is starting to show at the bottom of my tops, and my limited wardrobe is now seriously limited. With such a short time to go, there really is no point in buying any more maternity clothes and just making do with what I have.
I was waiting for this to appear. I had it with my first and I remember that Gaviscon Double Action tablets really saved me. Sometimes I have heartburn all day, and sometimes it appears at night, or appears if I haven’t had any water for a while. So you’ll often find me reaching for the Gaviscon in the dark at 3am, and annoying my husband.
This has returned with a vengeance. I feel physically tired and look tired. I had a brief spell during the second trimester when I felt fine all day, but now the tiredness is just like the first trimester. I can’t get through the day without having a nap, and having a toddler to look after when all I want to do is sleep is a little tricky at times.
For the last week or so I’ve had pretty bad nausea for a couple of hours during the morning. Food is the only thing to cure it, and after a few hours it disappears, but it still makes the mornings quite challenging. It’s a different type of nausea than the first trimester when I couldn’t actually eat anything, and I think that it is being caused by there being limited room for food.
It’s like a permanent hangover
Both the tiredness and nausea combined is like having a permanent hangover. I wake up feeling hungover, when obviously I’m not. I remember feeling like this with my first, with the exception of having a headache. It makes me crave rubbish food like crisps and chocolate, which I’m trying to refrain from as much as possible. Drinking lots of water makes me feel a lot better, but at the same time results in a lot of trips to the loo.
Oh my gosh, don’t get me started on this. It seems to be worse if I have a daytime nap, which makes it a lose-lose situation as I am often desperate for sleep during the day. I find myself wide awake for a couple of hours every single night, feeling uncomfortable with a head full of thoughts about house renovations, kitchens, and blog posts.
A slight panic
An ever so slight panic has set in; in 9 to 10 weeks time there will be a new baby in our house. We have so much to do which is making me worry about this arrival; including sorting out the nursery, buying a few bits and pieces, packing the hospital bag, and just generally being prepared. I am trying not to panic as we do have all the essential items, but that doesn’t stop me from feeling that we aren’t quite sorted.
As the baby is getting bigger, I am getting more and more uncomfortable as it fights for space. Sitting on the sofa and lying down for long periods of time can be pretty uncomfortable, and I hope I don’t have to resort to sleeping upright like I had to do with my first during the last couple of weeks.
I had this during the first trimester, and then it disappeared during the second trimester. On the days that I have to walk to the nursery twice and back, I notice that by the afternoon I am in quite a fair bit of pain. My back, bum and hips ache, and the only thing to relieve it is to not do anything or to have a long hot bath.
To end on a high and a positive, I am starting to feel really excited about meeting our new arrival and enjoying the last couple of months of being pregnant. We have yet to decide on a name, in fact my husband and I can’t seem to agree on anything. Why are boys names more difficult than girls names? I think it may be to do with the fact that we already have a girl. But before we can meet the little one, there’s just the small matter of the birth to contend with, and will that be a VBAC or C-Section?
How did you feel when you were 30 weeks pregnant or during the third trimester?