It’s been a while since I’ve done a Pregnancy Diaries post! I’m still in my third trimester, but since my due date is this coming weekend I don’t think I’ll be getting any new symptoms/side effects between now and then so I figured I’d share my story now. And if I do get new “happenings” before I give birth then I’ll just post an update.
Let’s see how things went for me these past 3 months…
First, here’s a little follow-up on some items from my second trimester.
The Baby Bump – obviously the baby bump just keeps on growing, and my belly is HUGE! If I make it to 40 weeks I think Peanut should be around 8.5 lbs or so (based on the ultrasounds that I’ve had). Here I am 2 weeks ago at 37 weeks.
Baby’s Movements – this is still BY FAR my favourite part of the pregnancy. If you’ve never seen a pregnant woman’s belly move then you NEED to watch this video (apologies, the link is no longer valid). Peanut moved the same way, and when they start they can really get going! But now her space is getting tighter, so even though she still does her stretches, it’s not as crazy anymore. Oh, and I often get headbutts in the bladder – not fun, but still cool in a way, lol!
Pregnancy Insomnia – the insomnia slowly went away when I started going to the office to work again (I was working from home from January to March because of a mouse infestation at work, but we moved to a new building at the end of March). Interacting with people and being out and about really helped give me more fatigue.
Gestational Diabetes Testing – I actually forgot to mention this in my 2nd trimester post. This test is usually done between weeks 24-28. For this test you drink a very sweet beverage (think McDonald’s orange drink but a bit sweeter), and one hour later they take a blood sample to analyse. I don’t remember the exact week I did mine, but my test came back negative. Read more about Gestational Diabetes on BabyCentre.ca.
And now onto my third trimester…
From insomnia to extreme fatigue, yup! Around week 32 (mid April) I started having a really hard time waking up in the mornings, would get really tired in the afternoons, and after dinner I was pretty much a zombie. Talk about doing a 180°!
Oh the joy of getting swollen feet. Cankles anyone? lol! This is almost inevitable during your later stages of pregnancy – I think. The more you’re on your feet, the more chances you have of getting swollen feet. The best thing you can do for this is to keep your feel elevated. For me this would come and go, but the more I can keep my feet elevated the smaller they stay.
Here’s a picture of my swollen feet and my “almost normal” feet. Note that the swollen feet picture was taken almost 2 weeks BEFORE the “almost normal” picture. The reason why I say “almost normal” is because there’s still a wee bit of swelling going on, but it’s barely there. You can see how keeping my feet up for a few days made a HUGE difference.
This is also called edema. Read more about edema on BabyCentre.ca.
Stiff and Sore Joints in Fingers
This started around week 34. It’s worse at night and lessens during the day (the more I use my hands the better). This seems to be brought on by the swelling (from what I’ve read), and it’s not Pregnancy Carpel Tunnel Syndrome – although some people get that too. This feels like what I imagine arthritis to feel like.
Pubic Bone Pain – Symphysis Pubis Dysfunction (SPD)
This started around week 32-33. At first I thought I was “squishing” the area (my crotch) because of how I was sitting: sitting up straight with legs apart to make room for the belly, therefore squishing the pubic area. I wouldn’t notice it while I was sitting down, but once I got up to walk sometimes it was REALLY painful that I could barely walk and for the initial 15-20 steps I’d walk all funny. It’s worse when sitting on harder chairs (like dining table or work chair), but sitting on the couch is way better cause it’s nice and soft.
I took to Google and found out what causes this pain:
The two halves of your pelvis are connected at the front by a stiff joint called the symphysis pubis. This joint is strengthened by a dense network of tough, flexible tissues, called ligaments. To help your baby pass through your pelvis as easily as possible, your body produces a hormone called relaxin, which softens the ligaments. As a result, these joints move more during and just after pregnancy, causing inflammation and pain, known as symphysis pubis dysfunction or SPD.
The pain is always there, but at times it’s just a hint and other times, depending on what I’m doing, it hurts like a mofo. It even hurts at night when I’m changing sleep position.
Every pregnant woman will get tested for Group B Streptococcus (Group B Strep or GBS) during their pregnancy. About 30% of us have this bacteria in our intestinal tract and we don’t even know it. The adult immune system is strong enough to combat this bacteria, but a newborn’s is not. This bacteria can also inhabit our vaginas, so for women who have this bacteria they need to take an antibiotic during their labour.
This test is done around weeks 35-37. I had mine at week 35 and it came back negative.
If you haven’t had kids yet, did I scare you about getting pregnant? lol! I’m sorry if I did, BUT fear not, some women don’t experience any of the pains I’ve talked about in this post. We are all different and all go through different experiences. And trust me, even if you get these pains it’s all worth it! 🙂
Did you learn something new? The only thing I had heard of before getting pregnant (out of what I talked about in this post) was swollen feet, the rest was all new to me.
For the mamas reading this, did you have any of these pains when you were pregnant?
– Chantal 🙂