Welcome to the third trimester! I never thought this time would come! I’m finally on the downward slope towards meeting my little boy and I can hardly wait…only 12 weeks away! Can it come any sooner?! Second half of pregnancy has definitely been way more exciting than the first half so I’m trying to enjoy every minute of these last 12 weeks because I’m sure they will go faster (even though it doesn’t feel like it)!
Some big things I’m experiencing these days are:
Baby Kicks/Movements: Oh the baby kicks! I can’t get enough of them!! I definitely know what other pregnant women were talking about when they said that feeling the baby move was the best part of pregnancy. It definitely is the best part of pregnancy, hands down! I love feeling him move inside me. It’s such a special bond that we have because it’s something that no one else will ever be able to experience. It’s just me and my boy!
Glucose Screening Test// Oh the nerves! Gestational Diabetes has been at the forefront of my mind since I got pregnant. Though I don’t really have anyone in my family that’s been diagnosed with Diabetes nor do I have any predisposition factors for it, I was so nervous about it because I just didn’t know what to expect. I’ve heard of some very healthy people that had been diagnosed with GD and a lot of my friends failed the screening test but passed the three hour tolerance test so I just wasn’t sure what to expect. Would I pass or would I fail? Well, last Friday gave me my answer. I downed that little Glucose drink in 5 minutes and, lo and behold, several hours later, I found that I passed it with flying colors! Thank you, Jesus! What a sigh of relief it’s been. I may have celebrated with some ice cream! 🙂
My Ever-Changing Body// I have to say, I never really struggled with body image too much, however, I’ve never felt more comfortable and beautiful in my own skin then I have since I’ve been pregnant. Before pregnancy, I always thought about how I needed to eat healthy and continually work out to stay in shape and that any ounce of belly fat was a sign that I needed to refine what I was putting in my body. However, pregnancy has given me such a confidence because my ever changing body is proof of how cool God’s design of a woman is! I love seeing how my body knows exactly how to grow a little life and it does it involuntarily without any conscious effort on my part! The changes I’m experiencing are totally normal and are a sign of something positive. I guess this is how I should always look at myself, pregnant or not. Right?!
Exercise// Or lack thereof! I decided that in second trimester I’d start trying to exercise again because I know how important it is to stay in shape and prepare for that day of delivery. I started doing some maternity and prenatal workouts, however, my body was just not having it! A day or so after working out my feet would ache and I’d have a lot of lower back pain and achy hips that made it hard for me to sleep. After consistently trying to exercise for a couple weeks and getting the same results, I decided that exercise just isn’t going to be a part of my life until after delivery. The most I’ve been able to handle is walking with Zach and the dogs. As much as I miss being sore and pushing myself to be better while working out, I think I’m just going to try and enjoy this time of being exercise free until after pregnancy. I will enjoy my newfound laziness….after all, it won’t last forever!
Since I’m entering third trimester, I thought it would be fun to share my bump journey thus far. I’ve been documenting my bump growth since I found out I was pregnant and it’s brought me great joy to see the growth! This definitely isn’t something I ever want to forget so I’m sharing it with you! Sorry for the poor quality. In retrospect, I should have had Zach take weekly and creative photos of me…oh well!