10 Things Moms-To-Be Stress About During The 3rd Trimester
Ciara Wilson…get ready for round two!
I have a bun in the oven. Yes, it is my second – however, this pregnancy is dramatically different than my first one. During the first go round – I had all types of complications which stemmed from an incompetent cervix to an 8 week hospital stay, plus my son’s stint in the NICU, which lasted another 8 weeks, since he was born at 30 weeks gestation. Now that I am pretty much full-term – yes! 38 weeks with my second child – which realistically feels like my first real pregnancy, I must admit there are some real concerns that I battle with daily. For sure I know my concerns are common – however, I felt the need to share them with new moms-to-be. We are all in this journey together.
What’s Up With All The Bathroom Runs?
My goodness – if I got a million dollars for the amount of bathroom runs I do in a 10 minute block, let’s just say I would be balling like Diddy right now. During the day there is a sense of normalcy, but during the night – forget about it.
Yes, I am totally grossed out just mentioning it – but the discharge game is also one that is so eerie. From frequent pantie checks to little sneak smells in the cut to make sure it is all good down there – I must note this is the number one stressor for me. Don’t even talk about the itchiness.
Itchy Darkening Off Skin
I noticed skin discoloration on other pregnant moms, but I suppose I thought that I would skip that whole scenario. I guess I was fooled. During the last few weeks of my pregnancy, my stomach got super itchy and a lot darker. Looking at my big belly now – all I see are little patches that look like continents around the world. Some women get discoloration around their neck and face as well – so just rock with it. I hear Burt’s Bees Mama Bee is a great go-to.
Yup. That will be you too. I heard swollen feet were usually tied to Preeclampsia, which according to the Mayo Clinic is “a pregnancy complication characterized by high blood pressure and signs of damage to another organ system, often the kidneys. Preeclampsia usually begins after 20 weeks of pregnancy in a woman whose blood pressure had been normal.” Let me tell you the truth – when you look down at your ashy stumps (since it is not always easy to lotion every area) – you will feel like a straight alien from out of space.
Acid ‘Freaking’ Reflux
I can handle the other issues mentioned during the third trimester, but honestly, acid reflux is enough to make me never walk down the baby aisle again. I will advise you after eating to walk around or sit upright – DO NOT LIE DOWN! If you do – may the heavens be with you. My reflux is so bad that I have to take medication for the nausea and vomit that comes along with the burn in my throat. Puke average: 2X daily. Tums on a 100!
I believe during my first pregnancy that my hair, nails and skin were super radiant. Everyone said I had that J. Lo, Beyonce in the wind glow. During this 3rd trimester, I can’t say that I see any of that glitter and shine. This could just be something that I’m dealing with – but I’ve noticed way more shedding of my mane and a dry itchy scalp. Do you?
Rapid Weight Gain
Whoa! I went from bragging about my lack of weight gain to checking the scale daily like “please slow down.” The more weight at the end – the higher the chances of health issues such as high blood pressure or gestational diabetes. Be mindful of your food intake and try to stick with healthier options like salads and fruits.
Good grief! My son is due to drop any day now. However, no one told me that during the last stages that all you would want to do between a zillion naps is to get your superwoman clean game on. Everything from bags of laundry to mopping the floor like one obsessed has become a part of my ‘everything has to be perfect for the baby” outlook!
Should I go with Jordan or Carter…no, no, no…maybe Antoine or Marquis – that’s the dilemma that hangs over your head during the last run. Finalizing all the names and meanings can realistically be mind-consuming.
For every super nesting moment comes straight exhaust. I didn’t know after a few little steps around the house or outside that I would not just be out of breath with the swiftness, but I would be ready for a total 2 hour nap to get my mommy swag back up.