I'm currently 24 weeks pregnant with my second child. As i feel the third trimester creeping up on me i'm getting increasingly dejected about the physical symptoms of late pregnancy. I really didn't like the third trimester last time because i found it really difficult to be so fat and to have my mobility limited so much. I feel like i'm increasingly disabled and i hate it. I'm very much looking forward to having another child but i'm already starting to hate the shortness of breath, the difficulty climbing a single set of stairs, the intense emotions, the heartburn, the waking in the middle of the night and not being able to fall back asleep. I went to a prenatal yoga class with a bunch of first time moms and shared that i hate the third trimester. They all looked a little appalled. I feel like i'm supposed to have all these warm fuzzy feelings but it's the physical part of it that i hate. I'm normally a very independent ambitious person and being so limited is challenging. Does anyone else feel this way?
Yup, I had to practice a LOT of patience in 3rd T too. Hang in there! Pregnancy is harder (physically, emotionally, etc) on some of us. I was so frustrated at having to slow down, not being able to open a jar, not able to lift a laundry basket full of clothes, hardly having the strength to lift my older kiddo, etc.
All I can say is this: it only lasts for a short time, even though it seems forever! With my 2nd pregnancy I practiced and practiced being patient with myself and practiced asking for help for all those little things that I thought I should really be able to do. I had uterine prolapse with my 1st pregnancy - in large part because I kept trying to do things I shouldn't have done (like lifting full laundry baskets), and didn't give myself a full 5 weeks of down time after birth. The 2nd time around (and 3rd kid in the family) I didn't push myself and did the full 5 days IN bed, 5 days ON the bed, and 5 days AROUND the bed, according to my midwife's recommendations. I'm now 4 months postpartum and I am so excited to be feeling GREAT! I have energy, it doesn't hurt to walk, I can lift my hefty baby and a full laundry basket. It was very much worth the frustration and work I did in 3T to take care of myself. So very different from the previous postpartum time.
side note: Getting short of breath from simply walking or climbing stairs was a sign that I needed more iron. My labs always came back within the low-normal range for iron, but my symptoms didn't improve until I was in the high-normal range. Floradix became a daily supplement for me during the last trimester.
Yes, exactly. Which was really really challenging, because I would "think" lifting a pot full of water for draining pasta was not pushing to much, or lifting the light weight 18 month old that I was babysitting. Or I would think I shouldn't need a daily nap. But I did.
What's wrong with those moms in your yoga class? Everybody knows the third trimester is a bear. I don't recollect getting really uncomfortable until about 8 months with my daughter, but being huge and short on energy is no picnic.