Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Third Trimester Trouble!

See this picture? The gorgeous woman in the green dress...Angelina Jolie, pregnant with TWINS shortly before she gave birth. See the panda in the background? That's me pregnant with one baby at 7 1/2 months along. Seriously. Okay, well, actually, the only difference between me and the panda is the panda's preggo boobs aren't three cup sizes bigger than they were 7 1/2 months ago! And I can't do kung fu....

It's been really hard to watch my body change this past month. New stretch marks are appearing alongside the previous two sets of stretchmarks. Spider veins are showing up on my tree trunk legs (crossing my fingers that they don't turn into varicose veins by the end of this pregnancy). As previously mentioned...my boobs no longer fit in the NURSING bras from when Aaron was born...and if anyone remembers how humongous they were then...yeah...and I haven't even started nursing yet! Aaaaaaah!!! I don't even recognize my own rear end with these wide hips! My hips feel like they are breaking, my sciatic nerve is on the fritz, Kate keeps kicking my bladder, my shoes don't fit, and my maternity shirts are getting too short!

I saw some pictures of me from a few weeks ago and I couldn't believe what I saw! My face is huuuuuge! (Yet again, resembling Po the panda...) I always seem to forget how hard the third trimester is....the swelling, the not being able to breath, the not being able to roll over in bed, the heartburn and it seems like every week drags on forrrrever!

So, the reason for this post is to ask for all your help and advice on how you got through your third trimester. How did you keep from getting depressed? How did you pass the time? What did you do to keep yourself excited about the pregnancy instead of having panic attacks that the baby would never come?

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imajacobs said...

Notice how Angelina Jolie looks like she's going to tip over backwards? Plus, she has a personal trainer and a chef to make sure she eats healthy.

You are too hard on yourself. You always look so dang cute pregnant and you have dang cute babies. Just think about how awesome it is to hold the baby when it is all over and try to enjoy the good things, like feeling baby move and having an excuse for just about everything.

Linsey said...

During all of my last month of being pregnant with my girls this is what I thought when I was feeling like you are, "This is the only time that it is going to be socially acceptable to be fat AND have people say how cute I am when I resemble a beached whale! Enjoy it while it lasts!" That always got me through. :) Not to mention, I work in the newborn intensive care unit and I knew what kinds of problems the baby would have if it came early. I'm sorry you feel awful though. Just think, it could be worse. It could be the middle of July and 100+ degree weather outside? :)

Whit said...

Just remember that down the road you'll be sad that you are past this stage! I cleaned ALOT in my third trimester. YOu can't be bigger than I was! and your boobs can't be either mine are still HUGE!

The Yoder's Three said...

You need a pregnancy massage! Look into that ASAP! They either do it sidelying or you can lay on these special cushions with cutouts for your tummy and boobs, so you can be on your stomach. Well worth the $$, if you ask me. And then go for a pedicure.

Mike & Rachel Barton said...

That panda comment made me laugh out loud. Of course you don't look like the panda! I bet you look so great. The last few weeks are definitely hard but everyone always gets the puffy look - it's all part of it!

I would say get out and enjoy the nice weather. It makes everyone feel better!! Love you!

Julie said...

We just had a primary swim party yesterday and three of the ladies there refused to swim b/c they were pregnant. I was like, "You guys, this is the best time for you to strut your body in a bathing suit, while you have this excuse! Hide your body during the 6 weeks AFTER the baby arrives." So go put on your bikini or skirtini if needs be, get the hose and give the mexis in your neighborhood the party of their lives! (How's that for cheering you up?)