I’m now a couple of weeks into the third trimester–about 2 1/2 months away from this baby’s arrival. Though if I follow my past patterns it may be more like 3 months. (The picture above is now dated a couple of weeks.)
Our baby is definitely active, though the activity level has slowed down from a couple of months ago, when he/she had more room to move. This baby also has the hiccups at least once daily, often two or three times. 🙂
I enjoyed a good two to three-ish months in between morning sickness and then dealing with two minor complications: Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD) and diastasis recti. I have experienced both previously, but mostly only noticeably postpartum. I felt my abdominal muscles tearing/separating when lifting Hana Kate, and thankfully rest and not lifting has helped repair that tear. I still have some small separation, but it is no longer painful and hopefully it will continue to remain small until I can work on repairing it postpartum. My SPD seemed to be a sudden onset, at least in intensity, which sadly left me unable to walk of stand for about a week. I’m now about 3 weeks from its onset, and mostly back to walking without much pain. I still cannot lift, bend down, or vacuum for the remainder of this pregnancy as I would like to, but the girls are doing well to that adjustment. I’m also very thankful (and that’s an understatement, really) for Daniel’s constant care and his happily keeping the house in order, as well as the kindness of a couple of friends in bringing us several meals.
About 4 weeks ago, we also found out Daniel has a 1cm cyst on his brain, which had been causing intense headaches and dizziness for him. We aren’t exactly sure what this will mean for our future (he’ll have another test in about 5 months to see if it’s growing), but that and this pregnancy has meant we’ve really had to slow down and focus on getting rest.
I’m also thankful for how well our girls have done adjusting to my physical challenges, and particularly thankful for the warm weather we’ve had this mild winter. They are quite confused about seasons, but they spend several hours outside when it’s sunny, which seems to keep us all in happier dispositions. They also think it’s quite funny (it is) to go around with stuffed animals in their shirts and proclaim that they’re having babies. They also say they have “head-uchs” like Daddy. 😉
I had been exercising on an elliptical at the fitness center 3 days a week and 2 days a week at home until about a week before the onset of my complications, and am really hoping I’ll be able to pick the elliptical back up shortly. Exercising really helped me maintain emotional and mental energy that I’m finding wanes a bit on rainy days. I did notice back when I was working out regularly that it only took about 1 minute for my heart rate to get up past the 120’s, whereas normally it took a lot of hard work and time to get up that high. I guess my blood volume has changed!
I seem to do best getting 9 to 11 hours of sleep a night, and don’t do so well if I stay up past 10p.m. 🙂 Wow–I am really living it up these days. 😉 And during the first rough week of the SPD flare-up, I was getting around 12 hours a night and STILL feeling tired!
I’ve gained about 15 lbs., but am still about what I weighed this time last year, as I was losing weight this time last year.
My midwife is still doing monthly visits, but after the upcoming one I’ll start having them every other week. I really love working with her and the two apprentices training with her. (They have some mad skills, too. :)) I’m also excited about working with an amazing doula during our birth this time. I’ve had one doctor visit and will have my second around 36 weeks. (SC regulations requires 2 for those working with midwives.)
I’d been seeing my chiropractor about once a month, but will probably go in more frequently with the recent issues I’ve had. I’ve also had some issues with sciatica, but my recent visits seem to be clearing it up. Ironically, my chiropractor and I are due with babies about the same time, so I’ll have to start seeing someone else as we both get further along in our pregnancies.
We are waiting until the baby is born to learn the gender, and I’ve had no ultrasounds during this pregnancy. Apart from a few concerns of the baby measuring small (seems it was baby’s positioning), the measurements (heartbeat, etc…) indicate that this pregnancy for the baby’s growth is progressing well. Baby is still in breech position, but we still have a while before that matters. We have our boy name and our girl name ready and waiting, and can’t wait to meet him or her! 🙂.