Life pregnancy and birth

Pregnancy Update: Third Trimester

March 1, 2012

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. πŸ™‚

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, orΒ 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. πŸ˜‰

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. πŸ™‚ Wow–I am really living it up these days. πŸ˜‰ 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! πŸ™‚.

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  • Susanna March 1, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    You look lovely, and I’m sorry you and Daniel have been having such a hard time. I’d love to bring Ali over some day and play with the girls so you guys can rest or go out or something. Let me know?

    • Keren March 6, 2012 at 9:08 am

      Thanks, Susanna. Happy to have you over. I’ll try to send you a message in a few minutes.

  • kristen March 1, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    That’s a lot to deal with. I had SPD and it no fun at all, especially with other kids to care for. Praying for y’all.

    • Keren March 6, 2012 at 9:10 am

      Thanks, Kristen. Sorry you had it, too, but I’m also encouraged to learn that others made it through pregnancy and childbirth with it.

  • Charity March 2, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Gracious, if I saw you on the street I wouldn’t even think you were pregnant! Perhaps the pictures are deceiving? Regardless, I pray that you and your husband are able to get much rest!

    • Keren March 6, 2012 at 9:11 am

      No worries, Charity. You’d know it. πŸ™‚ Thanks for your prayers.

  • Clarissa March 6, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    Thanks for the update! We’ll be praying for you and Daniel during this time. I was interested in your comment about the diastasis recti, because I also have a large diastasis since Thomas’s birth.(I belive it was at least a 9 when I first checked after doing some research 5 months postpartum.)I’ve been working on the Tupler exercises, and I was wondering if you’ve had good success with them? I initially saw a lot of success, but then with moving I wasn’t as diligent with the program. If you have a chance to share how it’s worked for you, I’d love to hear!

    • Keren March 6, 2012 at 6:04 pm

      Thanks, Clarissa. We really appreciate the prayers!

      I learned about Tupler method last year. I had been trying to lose weight, and in the process realized I still had diastasis recti with a small separation of 2-ish fingers. I ordered the splint and exercise DVD, but found out I was pregnant right about the same time so didn’t end up using it much. (I continued abdominal exercise at a fitness center, and made sure I didn’t do any that would cause further separation. That did seem to help.) I have a friend who is currently doing the exercises and seems to be having success.

      Wow-sounds like you definitely have a large diastasis. πŸ™ Has it closed to some degree and remained where you left off even after stopping the exercise? Some of what I’ve read indicates that you need to continue to wear the/a splint until the separation fully closes. (Though the Tupler exercises alone would still help.)

      Not sure if you’ve read these other sites (not endorsing other views on these sites), but these blogs also focus on using the Tupler method to close DR: (This lady had a large diastasis, as well)

      If you pick it back up, I’d definitely be interested in how yours heals, etc…

      • Clarissa March 7, 2012 at 11:59 am

        Thanks for the information! I have read the other two sites you mentioned. In fact, the woman who does the beautiful after the belly site lives not too far from where we were in Chicago, and now that we’ve moved away, I wish I had done a consultation with her. Now it would be a bit far of a commute from New Jersey!

        I saw a lot of success with the program from late July until September, and I was able to get back into many pre-baby clothes. We were travelling a lot in the fall and my splint wore out completely, and then with preparing to move I fell off the bandwagon. But I’ve purchased a new splint and am working hard again, and even though I lost ground during my time off of exercising, the diastasis is still smaller than when I started. I find it very uncomfortable to wear the splint while nursing, but I’m trying to make sure I re-splint afterwards and keep up with the exercises! I’ll let you know how the process goes!

        • Keren March 12, 2012 at 10:30 am

          Glad you are seeing some progress–yes, for similar reasons I’m not sure how soon I’ll start off wearing mine after this baby is born. (Not to mention it will be summer, and we have a pool in our subdivision that we’ll likely be spending a lot of time at later in the summer.) I’d love to hear your updates, too. Thanks!

          • Clarissa August 15, 2012 at 4:00 pm

            Hey Keren! Thought I’d give you a little update. I found a new program that I’m working through. It’s UK based: I was really struggling with the Tupler system after a while (especially splinting). I definitely think it’s effective, it was just very challenging for me to actually keep up with. I’m liking the MuTu Focus program (not the full program, though that looked good as well, the one that focuses on diastasis recti). I’ll let you know how it goes!