There comes a time in pregnancy where you just feel downright miserable. Miserable.
You feel like you’re ready to give birth to your child but at the same time you don’t want to because you know the little bun is not done cooking in your oven… That last month or two of pregnancy seems to be the hardest part of it all for most women.
Don’t get me wrong, I am grateful for this baby and even more so after I thought I lost her. I wouldn’t want her to come early and have to deal with her being in the NICU but this late in pregnancy everything seems so much harder.
So for those of you that are pregnant right now, in the end of your third trimester, know that you’re not alone. I definitively feel bad about feeling bad. I never thought pregnancy would be so rough on my body until I was actually pregnant. But feeling miserable it’s just one part of being pregnant and there’s nothing wrong with it.
I’ve come to the conclusion that mother nature made pregnancy this way so you’d actually look forward to going into labor. Yes, labor is a lot of pain, a lot of pain, but it’s only for one day and all the aches and sores are immediately gone when the baby comes…the best part, for sure, is that you’re rewarded with a cute bundle of joy!
Now when I see another pregnant mom like me, I give her the “I know how you feel” smile and she smiles back…because we both know what it feels like.
The hardest part of the end of pregnancy boils down to several things:
- Feel so huge that you can’t lean forward when eating.
- Not being able to sit comfortably.
- Not being able to sleep comfortably.
- Having to get up many times a night to pee and then not being able to fall back asleep.
- Having your stomach so squished up that you can’t eat much and when you do actually eat is only to end up with heart burn.
- Dealing with nausea and vomiting for the entire pregnancy (this might not be the case for everyone but that’s how it goes for me.)
- Walking like a penguin.
- Feeling like the baby is going to fall out of the vagina at any moment.
- The lower abdominal pain that comes with carrying a big baby.
- The pressure on the cervix. Seriously.
- Being so tired and sleepy all the time. Can I just sleep until labor?
- All those “practice” contractions (Braxton Hicks) that are just so uncomfortable.
- Feeling guilty about not wanting to do anything (especially now that I have a toddler)
I’ve found that the only 2 things that have helped me get through is complaining to my mommy friends (they get it!) and going twice a week to the chiropractor to help with the pain and discomfort. Also, the occasional dessert and chocolate definitely make it bearable. Haha! But I have definitively turned into a complaining whining pregnant lady.
The last 2 months of pregnancy everyone is in survival mode, just trying to make it through – and even more so if you have other kids to take care of.
I can’t tell you how many times I got excited thinking that maybe I was in labor, just to realized I wasn’t. Pregnancy is one of the hardest things I’ve had to do but at the end it’s all worth it.
Don’t let this stage encourage you to get induced, a natural birth is so much easier on your body. And remember, that baby is not going to stay in there forever – sooner or later she’ll have to come out. 🙂
I wish I had some amazing advice for all the pregnant moms on how to overcome this stage, but the truth is, I don’t. The only thing that will make it better is having that baby.
If you’re pregnant right now and feeling terrible, know that you’re not alone. We’ve all felt that way, whether we talk about it or not and it’s completely normal. Hugs mama, hugs!
Are you pregnant and due soon? What’s the hardest part for you? How are you coping with it?
If you’re reading this and have a pregnant friend, this is the right time to invite her for lunch or dinner, get her a massage, take over the household so she can nap and bring lots of ice cream. 🙂
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