The beginning of the Third Trimester! The countdown is here, just eight more weeks! I can’t believe this is really happening, so surreal! Check out all the haps that go on during this stage of pregnancy, so exciting!
At this point, I will say that the most difficult time for me during this ride so far has been the end of my first trimester into the beginning of the second. Just a re-cap on that for a second.
The absolute beginning was tough. My body was preparing to build a human life & I was constantly hungry, (for unhealthy food) & extremely tired. I also hit a slump in my mental health. Completely emotional, yet overall nothing out of the ordinary.
Rolling into the second trimester, things started to settle down. My hunger subsided, I finally started eating healthier, had more energy & was doing the very best I could to take care of myself. Sure, I felt my body changing in a major way. It was the dead middle of winter too, so that made things a bit more challenging. Towards the end of the second trimester was when it started to get a little more interesting. It was finally starting to warm up, (more fun in the sun) & my constant stuffy nose went away, but then came a holy cow of a pain in my butt! Literally! It started coming on & it felt like my right hip was just “out” & went to get adjusted. Honestly I believe it happened while taking pre-natal yoga classes & were instructed to lie on our backs with weights over head. Something didn’t feel right in one of my classes & it seemed to get worse. So much so I was having trouble walking, wondering if what I was doing was making matters worse. I called my OB & was instructed to call an orthopedist. I was diagnosed with sciatica. I was afraid I would be told to stay off my feet, only on the contrary. In fact, my doctor prescribed constant movement. Walking, swimming, any form of exercise is best to overcome the pain as well as hope that baby Reid re-adjusts so that the pressure is let up by his position. He moved & it went away, thankfully.
I was on the move again. Enjoying the birth of spring, living in Atlanta has many perks & I must say, when it starts to warm up after a long cold winter, things just seem a whole lot better. It’s beautiful here this time of year.
Then came a great opportunity to join a challenge group with other pregnant mothers & already seasoned moms. It was a 21 day challenge with in home fitness along with good nutrition. This is something I mold my life around, living a healthy fulfilling life. I love this group, about 22 of us, doing our thing to help keep each other accountable. We post our daily workouts & food journals on Facebook. Highly effective, I might add.
The best way to succeed through a challenge like this is to “meal prep” a week ahead. Knock out a weekly menu, (based on weekly specials at your local store for cost effectiveness) & prep once or twice a week for success in better nutrition!
Along with that is feeding myself super food shakes everyday to make sure I’m getting all the healthy nutrition for me & my little growing inside.
I’m so glad I took this opportunity as I feel like it helped me so much in many ways, mentally, emotionally, physically & most important for “our” health.
During this stage is when I was tested for gestational diabetes. I was provided with an extremely high dose of liquid fructose. I drank it within a 5 min. window just an hour before testing. My finger got the prick & my blood was tested for glucose. The result was negative, yet my iron levels were lower than they should be. I was instructed to take Slow-Fe iron supplements. The trouble I was having with this was I couldn’t continue to remember to take it. It has to be taken in the middle of the day to avoid any counter reaction with my prenatal vitamin & thyroid medication. I started waking up dizzy. Like room spinning, sick to my stomach dizzy. Now I set an alarm to take this much needed supplement along with iron rich foods & lots of water. Feeling better on that front now.
So, needless to say, I’m in the homestretch & I feel “little” Reid moving inside me all the time, (he likes to dance) & we are planing the baby shower along with a scheduled hospital tour, pediatrician office tour, & I’m enrolled for a two hour long breastfeeding class. We’ve even found a “new sibling” class for Adam, (my 9 year old step-son) held at the hospital we will deliver in, so that he has some sort of idea of what to expect with a brand new baby in his life.
My baby girl wonder pup is getting curious with all the baby gear arriving. We have a few options for her as when the big day arrives. The only time she’s been apart from us was when she was spayed as a young pup. I’m already worried about what she will go through when we have to take her to the pet hotel for a few days. *sigh*
So that’s my update for this point in my pregnancy. I really appreciate you reading & supporting my blog by being here. It means a super bunch of a lot. Stay tuned as my next pregnancy post will provide up to the due date news of this amazing journey.