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Hello Trimester Three

2014 July 27
by Becky

One minute I was walking around a little worried, wishing and hoping to get past the 23 week point, and then BOOM…third trimester is upon us. My 25th week is almost complete.

25Weeks

I took a break from nursery priming and patching to take a few pics…the belly has been growing like crazy. I’m still pretty darn comfortable but have grown out of a couple maternity items, that’s always a little daunting.

Good thing my friends have unloaded tons of maternity wear on me, namely some uber-comfy and soft sweat pants from my friend Kelly. If it weren’t summer, I’d be wearing them everywhere. I wasn’t very pregnant in the summer with Ethan so I’m figuring out some tricks this time, like wearing dry fit shorts under skirts…the only way to be comfortable when it’s 90 and humid.

Somehow our summer, even in St. Louis, has been incredibly mild.

So what’s different this time around?

The movement. This baby boy is rocking and rolling all the time. I can already see the kicks, visibly, when I’m laying down. Like right this minute lounging on the couch typing away. Even at 31 weeks (when Ethan was born) I don’t remember feeling this much action. I assume this is mostly do to placenta placement, this time it’s posterior (on the back) while with Ethan it was anterior (on the front). Ethan LOVE feeling the baby kick, whenever I mention feeling kicks Ethan grabs for the belly.

Another big difference is the (so far) absence of the rib pain I felt most of my second trimester with Ethan. I assume the pain was caused by a) my short torso and b) my sitting at desk all day at work. I don’t sit anywhere near as much during the day with this pregnancy so my aches and paint are minimal.

Cravings died down significantly at around week 22, now I’m just generally starving all the time and trying to keep things fairly healthy. I have weaknesses, like italian pastries and french fries, but fruit and salad are top on the list of priorities.

The progesterone shots are still happening and have been smooth sailing. We were able to lean on friends and family (who happen to be RNs) to administer injections during the mega-holiday (since Stu still isn’t interested in doing it) and I’ve had no noticeable side-effects. Hoping the only side-effect will be staying pregnant. Ha.

One thing that didn’t change this time around…the beginnings of ankle swelling.

I was waiting for it to begin and sure enough, on almost the exact same gestational day as last time, I looked down one afternoon to find mini-cankles. Sweet. I plan to combat swelling this time by elevating the feet every night, staying extra active, and trying these compression sleeves, especially when doing activities like climbing ladders to paint nurseries. They’ve already seemed to make a difference.

What else?

The nursery is coming along—I’m in FULL ON nesting mode.  We’ve named this kid (but it’s not blogg-able at this time) and we’re done traveling till Christmas. I’m still making it to the gym a couple times a week and with this gorgeous weather Ethan, Dewey and I have been walking the park often.

I still worry. The rare (and normal) aches and pains scare me, make me think about last time. Getting past week 31 will help tremendously, but just being past the 23 week point is nice. We saw enough 23 week preemies survive and thrive in the NICU to know things only get easier from here.

Here’s hoping for a nice, long third trimester. 

I’m really trying to write about this pregnancy more…it’s a bummer when I can’t remember what happened last time! 

 

5 Responses leave one →
  1. Linda Johnson permalink
    July 28, 2014

    You look marvelous!! I’m so happy all is going well for you and your feeling good.

  2. Erika permalink
    July 28, 2014

    Yea for baby kicks and flips! Hopefully you won’t have rib pain (or at least not until the very end when the little guy has no room to move anymore:)) You are glowing and look fabulous!

  3. July 28, 2014

    Looking good mama! Is it too late to vote for Henry?
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    • Becky permalink*
      July 29, 2014

      Yes too late, we’re totally in love with our chosen name. BUT we love the name Henry and it was totally on the list. :)

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