3rd Trimester -weeks 27-birth

Week 27
Some say the third trimester starts at week 28 but I am going with week 27 because it is 3 months until my due date now! It is crazy to think that once this section of my pregnancy journal is posted I will have a little one in my arms. I can’t wait!

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I am still recovering from my illness I had during week 26. The cough is definitely lingering however I do feel much better.

My appetite decreased while I was sick however I just tried to eat what I could and stay on track. My shakes definitely helped with that.

My sleep was off and on this week. I had some really good nights of sleep but also some terrible nights of sleep. I have been dreaming a lot. I woke of with a bloody nose one of the mornings which is so odd because I have maybe had one before in my lifetime.

Baby kicked my ribs this week and made me realize how quickly time is passing and how big baby actually is already.  Baby moves pretty much anytime I am still and if I am standing or moving then baby is still.

It was the 4th of July this week so we celebrated outside with a pool day. I totally rocked a bikini and bump. 🙂

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I am still exercising regularly. I still do 2 Zumba classes a week and 2 sweat circuits. I love these classes and am thankful to keep up with my fitness routine. I have been doing some serious modifications lately, especially with ab work, but overall keeping high energy and loving it. I also try to go on walks when I am home and on the weekends. I did some prenatal yoga online and really enjoyed that so I may try to add that to my weekly routine.

We worked on baby names this week and finalized our list. We have 1 main boy name with some back ups and 2 girl names. I think baby is a boy and Joe thinks baby is a girl. We will see in no time!

Week 28
I have fully recovered from my illness. I feel much better which is good. I am hopeful to stay healthy the remainder of my pregnancy now.

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My appetite is back up again. I am not hungry all the time but I can definitely eat. I’ve had some stomach issues this week. Not sure what is going on but lots of tummy aches. Could be a result of some poor eating choices lately. Trying to eat healthy as often as possible.

Exercise has been really great. I really feel like I am stronger this pregnancy and that may be why my back has been really good lately. I remember having a lot of lower back pain with Liam I just don’t remember when it started. I am hopefully to bypass the pain this pregnancy….at least for as long as possible.

Week 29
Things have continued to go really well. Sleep has continued to be hit or miss. I get up majority of nights at least once if not more to use the bathroom.

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This baby is a mover…especially when I sit down, lay down, or want to sleep. This baby feels so much more forward than Liam was and the moves seem so much stronger. I felt baby have hiccups a few times this week! Joe can actually feel them too. It’s crazy!

My appetite has shifted to less hungry. I don’t have many, if any, cravings and really just eat what is cooked for me. I also have terrible acid reflux with almost everything I eat.

Still going strong with exercise. I feel really good about working out and gaining strength. I’ve done more weight training/strengthening this pregnancy and I think that is helping me a lot. Overall exercise is great, just needing to modify during classes due to my increased size and limitations.

I passed my glucose test this week, thank goodness!

Week 30
Baby is 75% “ready.” I can hardly believe how quickly the time is going. Yet I am also so ready to meet this little baby!

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This week I’ve had some back pain. It hasn’t been extreme but it’s the lower back. Sometimes when getting dressed if I stand on one foot to get my pants on my leg will give out due to the pain. I have to be very careful. I’ve been keeping up with my chiropractor and massage appointments and these both help a lot.

I have been doing well with appetite. It is pretty stable right now. However sometimes I am starving and others I am not hungry at all. I am usually less hungry in the evenings. I can also tell if I have eaten too much (which is easy to do now) and get really uncomfortable. Acid reflux has been going strong….even ketchup triggers it. Tums are my new best friend!

Exercise has continued to go really well. I’m so thankful to be able to keep up with my exercise routine.

Seriously looking forward to wearing/buying “normal” clothes again. I am really getting tired of my maternity options and also I highly dislike the pants that go up to my boobs. It’s summer and I am already hot. The extra layer makes me so sweaty. It honestly it is just annoying. I have been living in exercise shorts that lay below the belly when I have the chance.

Baby has kept up with regular movements and gets the hiccups a lot!

Sleep continues to be off and on but I do the best I can to get as much rest as possible.

Week 31
Single digit weeks left of pregnancy (unless of course I go over —-nooooo! haha!). I did some shopping for baby and for Liam as he transitions to a new bedroom soon. I am feeling more and more prepared and excited to meet this little one. Most people keep telling me they think it’s a girl (for whatever reason) but I just am not sure. We will see so soon!

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I am feeling good and strong this week. I’m amazed at how I have been feeling lately. I am so thankful for another really good pregnancy so far!

Eating is good. I still have acid reflux but I am sure that is going to continue until baby comes. I tried fresh garden cherry tomatoes this week and I have never loved tomatoes but could tolerate them….I loved them. Pregnancy is so strange!

Sleep is still off and on with at least 1 bathroom break every night. Sometimes I am lucky and don’t wake up until 3 or 4 to use the bathroom which gives me some good solid sleep prior but other times I am up a lot.

Still keeping up with regular exercise and feeling great about it! I honestly do not like to miss a day of some kind of movement/physical activity. Modifications for Zumba are now necessary but manageable. I’ve really enjoyed the strength/weight training I’ve been doing and thing that has helped my back a lot this pregnancy.

My belly has been really itchy this week. Not sure what is going on but it doesn’t look dry or anything….just growing and itchy I guess.

Week 32
Dr appt says belly is measuring at just under 32 weeks. Heart rate is 137 this week.

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Energy level has decreased this week. I’m tired. Really tired. My sleep remains the same but I am going to bed much earlier lately because I just can’t function at night.

Nausea has come back for some reason. I get pretty sick in the morning, okay in the afternoon, and then sick again in the evening.

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Still keeping up with regular exercise. It’s harder to get motivated to do it but always feels good when it’s done.

Baby is moving like crazy and has hiccups all the time! It has a fun time kicking (or punching??) my right side ribs….usually takes my breath away once or twice a day.

Week 33
Started this week off super tired. I actually had to leave work early one day because I was so sleepy and got super emotional. It had to be the hormones but I never felt like that with Liam or ever in life. It was extreme!

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My morning nausea continued into this week when I realized it was coffee that was making me feel sick. So, I quit coffee this week. It was actually easier than I thought and not being sick was a huge motivating force. I may be tired but at least I don’t feel sick!

Sleep has been hit or miss still. I woke up several times in 1 night just hot and sweaty. We decided to put a fan next to the bed for when that happens and it has helped.

Still keeping up with regular exercising. I am just focusing on listening to my body and modifying when needed and resting when needed too. Sometimes you just need to sleep in.

I had my 34 week appt towards the end of this week. All was going well. I was measuring at 33 weeks rather than 33 weeks 4 days which is good. Baby’s heart rate was way up there this week. It spiked to 157.

Baby is still moving like crazy and getting the hiccups at least 3 or more times a day.

Week 34
This past week I have had some lower back pain. I did go to the chiropractor and that helped. My lower back is very shifty lately and so any little movement it will crack, especially while sleeping.

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I have noticed the limitations of getting off the couch, out of bed, out of a vehicle, etc. more and more each day. One of my bigger struggles in rolling over in bed and transitioning my pregnancy pillow. I love my pillow so much but rolling over is a lot of work these days.

I have been really tired most afternoons and evenings. I have just been trying to go to bed early and rest when I can.

Still no coffee and my sickness has been much better. I feel so happy to have resolved that issue but I do miss my 1 cup of coffee!

I have lost some motivation for exercise but have continued with my routine anyway. I am always happy when I am done but it is definitely harder to get there and just do it.

I had some “nesting” urges or as I would call them “holy cow I have a lot to do and not much time is left.” I ended up deep cleaning one of our bathrooms this week (we have 2 and I cleaned the guest/Liam’s bathroom). I also washed all my nursing tops and bras, cleaned out the closet, did some laundry, and put some maternity clothes (that I don’t intend to wear) back into storage. I have many more cleaning goals ahead.

Baby has continued with strong movements. It will occasionally rub some part of itself on my pelvic area which makes me feel like I’m peeing. It is a weird and uncomfortable feeling.

Week 35
5 weeks until due date. 35 days until due date. Wow this is coming up quick!!

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This week was a good week. I’ve been a lot hungrier lately and eating extra snacks. Baby must be trying to pack on the pounds!

I did a lot more nesting including washing baby clothes, baby items, and more cleaning of the house.

I had some serious lower back pain. Dang sciatica! I could barely walk. I ended up going to the chiropractor which helped so much. He advised icing and taking it easy which is what I did that day. It helped so much.

Doctor suggested doing some cat/cow yoga poses to help with back as well as help get baby into a favorable position for delivery.

I’m still keeping up with my exercise routine but definitely taking it much easier. I will do significant modifications as needed according to my body. Thankful my classes I teach are very understanding.

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I’m definitely more tired too. It’s a struggle between nesting urges and naps most days! I am just trying to balance and if I do end up skipping nap to clean/prep I will go to be early.

I’m really craving coffee….I think with being tired and the cooler weather we have been having it is making me want it! I am doing my best to stick out the rest of this pregnancy without coffee.

I bought the final parts of Liam’s gift from the baby once baby arrives. He will be getting an “I’m a big brother” book, a play-doh set with cutters, extra play-doh, and some little paw patrol figures. All quiet toys for a reason haha! I figured these will be perfect for him in the hospital and at home.

Week 36
It’s the final countdown. I know baby could come “any day now” or it could be 6 more weeks even! But either way I am excited, nervous, scared, but most of all ready to meet this little one!

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I’ve been eating a lot lately. Less interested in healthy again but trying my best.

I have continued with exercise but modifying a lot. No more jumping or twisting too much. Feels good to keep moving though and doing the best I can. I have been stretching a lot more and keeping up with my cat/cow stretches.

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Nesting a ton. I have been doing a lot of prepping for baby.

I had my 36 week appt and will have weekly appts moving forward. All is going well still.

Baby feels much lower this week. Lots of pressure!

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Week 37
I am getting so anxious to meet baby. I need to practice patience. I don’t have any idea or feeling as far as gender and I am wanting to know—of course we will still wait because it is so fun to find out at birth!

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My appetite is still up there but has settled down a little. No specific cravings other than being disinterested in healthy foods again.

Keeping up with exercise.

Still working on prepping the house for baby. Things are slowly coming together which is making me feel good.

I have been really tired lately. If I do any kind of extra activity it gets me extra tired. I try to nap when I can.

I got a prenatal massage this week. It felt amazing! Highly recommended!

Week 38
Well I am beyond ready for this baby to come! Joe and Liam feel the same way. I had Liam at 38 weeks 1 day so I think I just expected the same for this baby but it seems comfortable.

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I overall feel huge, squished, ready, excited, and anxious all wrapped in one. I can’t wait to meet this baby! But also can’t wait to not be pregnant. Getting tired of being uncomfortable majority of the day and night.

I have had lots of pelvic pressure this week. Baby is also hitting a lot of nerves causing sharp pains down my inner thigh occasionally. Takes my breath away when it happens. Also, lots of braxton hicks. It honestly at times feels like the baby is trying to force itself out. This is all so different from my pregnancy with Liam. Literally it was a shock when my water broke with Liam. With this pregnancy I keep thinking my water is gonna break any second because of all the pressure.

My appetite is up there. I have been craving fresh fruit lately which is good, but also carbs and sweets.

Keeping up with exercise the best I can still. I plan to just keeping moving until I can’t!

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I got sick this week of pregnancy. Some kind of cold/sinus crap that is going around. Liam got it first so inevitably I got it a few days after him. Thankfully it only lasted a few days for me before I started to feel better.

Sleep has been hit or miss lately. I usually wake up hot and sweaty multiple times a night now. I have a fan and it helps a little but not always. I have been waking up at least TWICE a nice to use the bathroom. That is the new normal this week.

My stomach is itchy again. It feels so stretched out and just itchy. Trying to keep it moisturized the best I can.

Week 39
This is the longest I have ever been pregnant and it is killing me! Baby is constantly on my brain. Joe, Liam and I are all so ready to meet this baby!

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Feeling contractions but inconsistently.

I decided no Zumba this week but did teach sweat circuit. Just going to keep walking and taking it easy.

Sleep is a major challenge. I am tossing and turning most of the night and waking up at least twice to pee.

My emotions have been up and down especially with the contractions. I get super excited when they start but then when they stop I get so sad. I keep thinking “today is the day” but then baby has different plans. It has been crazy.

I’ve been so uncomfortable and just so ready to have this baby. Things were so different with Liam that it has been frustrating to have all this false labor and contractions. Just trying to stay patient and know that eventually this baby will arrive.

Week 40
Well as my due date approach baby finally decided it was time. With inconsistent contractions throughout the night I woke up around 4, took a bath, contractions picked up and we were off to the hospital to have a baby! I will make a separate post with the birth story.

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