Third Trimester

Well we are officially into our third trimester! 29 weeks to be exact. It’s crazy to think that there are only 11 weeks left to prepare for our baby and to be honest, we have absolutely nothing at this point. Aside from a few items of clothing and a couple of tiny baby gifts, our nursery is completely empty. Our furniture arrives at the end of this month into August and we have registered and are waiting for our baby showers to start assembling the details. To be honest, it all still feels so surreal but I think once the nursery comes together the reality of it all will set in.

Like I’ve said before, if it weren’t for my growing belly and following all of the typical rules, I honestly sometimes forget that I’m pregnant. I have been really lucky that I’ve felt pretty good up until this point. My first trimester was sort of a consistent bout of exhaustion and just not feeling like myself, my second trimester was over in the blink of an eye, and I’m really excited for the next few weeks. I think this feeling of comfort is about to change as getting dressed has become a serious task but it’s all part of the experience. Here are a few details about my pregnancy thus far…

29 weeks: Our baby is the size of a butternut squash!

Gender: We are going to be surprised! What do you think?!

The baby: Moves around constantly! I remember the first time I felt those little popcorn kicks in my second trimester but now me entire belly is like a wave. I could spend hours just starting at my stomach. It’s crazy to feel our baby’s little body underneath my skin. Seriously you guys, I feel so lucky to get to experience pregnancy.

Exercise: Lots of long walks with Webster, Tone It Up Videos 3x per week, TDM classes 1-2x per week.

Diet/Cravings: My appetite has been pretty constant from the moment I wake up throughout my entire pregnancy. First trimester cravings: pineapples, cheetos, yogurt and granola. Second trimester cravings: fried rice, apples, peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, ice cream. Third trimester: veggie omelets, fruit, trail mix, and more TBD! I really need to eat more greens and I consume abnormal amounts of water. My stomach is like a water bed.

Total weight gain: About 15 pounds from my starting weight. However, I lost 6-8 lbs my first trimester from not feeling very well and was probably down to a weight I should have been when I got pregnant {post-wedding bliss weight gain ;)} so we could also say 22 lbs.

My body: Changing by the day! My boobs are absolutely unreal – for someone who was always a small B, I’m almost a D! It’s seriously crazy. I’ve struggled with some acid reflux but nothing a few Tums can’t fix.

Beauty: I’ve been using almond oil on my belly, hips, butt, and thighs to avoid stretch marks but I’ve heard that these are pretty much hereditary and there is not much to do! I’m still using my beauty products – I haven’t been as worried about switching everything to all-natural options. I keep my body healthy, don’t consume alcohol and after talking to aestheticians I am confident that my topical products won’t cause internal damage.

Swelling: Nothing yet but my hands and face are puffy in the morning depending on how much salt I consumed for dinner.

Sleep: Is tough. The bump is just in the way at this point and since I’ve always been a stomach sleeper I have to consciously roll from side to side throughout the night. Also, our baby must think that night time is dance time because he/she likes to bounce around in my stomach while I’m trying to sleep. For someone who has always been a really good sleeper, this has been a struggle for me.

Maternity clothing: I’m avoiding this at all costs. I’ve been living in Hatch dresses, this Madewell dress, J.Crew denim shorts, and anything basic and easy.

Things I miss: Sushi, a bagel and lox for brunch on the weekends, a frosty beer in a cold mug, a turkey sandwich, goat cheese, my summer clothes and getting dressed in the mornings, and being able to touch my toes.

Things I love: My morning coffee {yes, I’ve had regular coffee almost everyday of my pregnancy – less than 250ml is ok!}, decorating our new apartment, stretchy dresses {if you haven’t noticed, I’ve been living in dresses}, long walks along the lake, take-out {I miss cooking! so lazy…}, quick weekends away, and watching movies.

Let the countdown begin!

Photo by Heather Talbert, originally from this post

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