With a third pregnancy, sometimes you don’t even have time to realize you are pregnant. But when you are in the home stretch, you are frequently reminded with the unfriendly third trimester pregnancy symptoms.
28 weeks pregnant –
The dreaded glucose test! I’ve gained 40 pounds, and worried this may not go so well this time. As I feared, I failed the damn glucose test. First time failing. So I have to go back for the 3-hour test.
28 weeks, 4 days pregnant –
Three-hour glucose test. I am dreading everything about this morning. The drink is disgusting. And fasting… I can’t go an hour without eating. This is going to suck. The nurse who called me said that I can show up anytime, tell them I am there, and they will let me walk back, get my fasting blood test, and immediately drink the glucose drink. I then have to get blood taken every hour for three hours. I stopped eating after dinner the night before and arrived at the office, hungry, at 8:50 am. The nurse had me sign my name and said they would be right with me.
8:52: I’m sick from hunger. Every minute that passes feels like ten. I’m so hungry and know that I have to wait three hours from whenever they et me back before I can eat. They need to let me back NOW. I’m nauseated and dizzy from hunger. I’ve been up since 6 am with the kids. I’m 28+ weeks pregnant, I’m exhausted and I’m hungry. Basically, I am a monster right now. Okay, I’m raging! I’m about to jump through that window and strangle these women that seem to be taking an eternity to “check me in”. What check-in do I need? Just take my damn blood and give me the freaking gross crap to drink.
9:25: I’m shaking. They still haven’t taken me back. I cannot do this. I’ll just take the Gestational Diabetes diagnosis. Let me go home and eat. Tears are filling up my eyes.
9:50: They finally call my name to come back. I get my blood taken, drink the disgusting fruit punch as fast as I can.
10:15: There is no way I’ll get out of this without throwing up.
10:30: I actually feel better now. I just needed something in my stomach, even though it’s crap.
10:50: 1-hour blood draw… now I’m getting sleepy.
The remaining hours actually passed fairly quickly. I was much better once my blood sugar raised a bit. And a few days later I got the call that I passed this test. WHEW! I need my carbs these days.
32 weeks pregnant –
Ultrasound today. Baby looks average sized, but of course, that means nothing. It could not have another growth spurt and stay at the small end of average. Or it could have a growth spurt and be a bigger baby.
Braxton Hicks for weeks!
32 weeks, 5 days pregnant –
My first time being a bridesmaid when pregnant. It was kind of nice waking up on the morning of the wedding, and not having any sort of hangover from the alcohol and late night at the rehearsal dinner! It was also nice not worrying about how I look in the dress, because I’m super pregnant, I’m supposed to look huge 🙂 I did miss the alcohol before I gave a speech. I’m TERRIFIED of speaking in public, so a little buzz would have helped me there a bit. However, it wasn’t as bad as I feared! We had a wonderful weekend away.
33 weeks pregnant –
I am struggling to breathe! Baby is pushing up on my lungs, I guess.
There are so many new baby products I want for this baby! In addition to some new baby gear that I’ll get, I’m also going to replace all our bottles since we have used them for two kids already.
34 weeks pregnant –
My doctor walked in the room and asked how I was. I said, “other than the hemorrhoids, constipation, bone-deep exhaustion, nausea, bleeding gums, aching back, weight gain, acid reflux, constant peeing, frequent Braxton Hicks and sleep deprivation… I’m doing okay.”
35 weeks pregnant –
Throwing up again. Itching! Several nights in a row I was kept up from my entire body itching. Hands, feet, legs… all over itching! Mostly legs and feet. It is way worse at night. After the third night of this, I went online to see if there were pregnancy-safe remedies, and found that itching during pregnancy can be a sign of something serious and to “call your doctor immediately”. I felt like a complete idiot calling to say, “um, I am itchy”. But when I said that, she got serious and said I needed to come in today for blood work. I had to wait several days for the bile acid test results, but they came back all good. Whew!
35 weeks, 4 days pregnant –
We left for a weekend away at a nearby lake with some friends. It was our last little getaway as a family of four. We had the best weekend! While I was exhausted and not super mobile, it was a relaxing long weekend.
36 weeks, 1 day pregnant –
I’m at the point that if I drop something on the floor, it’s living there now. The doctor checked my cervix – nothing is happening. I’m 1 cm dilated and 0% effaced.
37 weeks pregnant –
This is the day my first child was born – exactly 37 weeks. My water broke at one in the morning on the day I hit 37 weeks. I wouldn’t be totally devastated if this baby came today, but ideally, I’m hoping for next week!
37 weeks, 1 day pregnant –
Ugh! I’m still just 1cm and 0% effaced. The lack of dilation doesn’t bother me, but the fact that my cervix is still long and thick and high… that bothers me! Baby is not even close to being engaged. I know that anything can change on a dime, but almost everyone I talk to says their baby had somewhat dropped and engaged by this point. So it makes me worry that baby won’t fit through my pelvis – since I have a history of ginormous headed babies. (So big, they have never even been on the percentile charts!)
Almost 50 pounds gained. It is going to be so much more difficult to lose the weight this time.
38 pregnant –
39 weeks pregnant –
I’m weirdly emotional right now. I was wanting this baby to come so soon, but now I’m not sure I’m ready. I mean, you are never “ready”. It’s my third kid, I’m not worried about laundry being done or the nursery being ready (because laundry isn’t done and nursery isn’t ready). Mentally I’m not ready, I guess.