27 weeks – delivery
It’s here! The THIRD trimester! The final stages, but the beginning to so much more! This is when you take your maternity photos, finish the baby’s room, clean your house a million times (nesting); this is also when sleep is just unreal, you official don’t know what your “poopat” looks like anymore lol.
So what to expect!? This is probably when you gain the most weight, then towards the last 2 weeks I weighed the same until my boy was born. This is also when you create your birth plan. I remember I HAD to have a mirror, now did I look in it once I started pushing…. NO! The sight made me nauseous. However “Mr. Big” couldn’t keep his eyes from there (that’s not to be taken in a sexual way). But I will share my BirthDay experience with you guys later in my blog. Prepare to go into labor before or past your due date. It happens “KickBack” was a week late. If your baby is late, one thing you can do, to help ease your anxiety is write he or she a letter. I did this! I still read it every once in a while. Put the date and time on the letter and just write about how excited you and dad are to meet him and what you can’t wait to do first, and how much they are already loved. My goal is to give mine to “KickBack” when he’s older and can appreciate the meaning of it.
This may sound crazy, but this was one thing I regret not doing. I remember people suggesting that we cook and freeze food to have after the baby is born. I remember saying cook and freeze (yeah…whatever!) I also remember people saying let me know what day I can come and I will bring you food. I thought to myself “I’m not calling you, I can do it! WRONG! TRUST me, you will need someone, possibly for about 3 weeks to come and help or bring your family food, at least one meal, as you adjust to motherhood. You are learning this little person just as much as they are learning you. Besides I wasn’t trying to miss anything new while I was in the kitchen cooking! So don’t feel bad, get help!
What’s my baby and body up to this trimester:
- Frequent unrination
- Braxton Hicks contractions
- STRECTH MARKS
- Looking out for your water breaking or your mucus plug coming out! (Want to see my picture!! Didn’t think so! Ha! 🙂
- This is a really cool time to record your belly jumping around.
- The lungs are the last major organ to finish developing.
- Most babies move to a head-down position in the uterus toward the end of the third trimester, with the head on the mother’s pubic bone.
- By the end of the trimester, your baby has eyelashes and eyebrows and may have a full head of hair. Or, he or she may be born bald. Nails have grown to the tips of the fingers and toes.
Let’s talk about this mucus plug for a second. During all the reading and birthing classes; I gathered that when this thing comes out, a baby comes shorty afterwards. NO! Well at least not for me. Since the day I found out I was pregnant I always looked when I wiped (TMI). So, to see this wasn’t surprising. But I did gather my bags and call everyone I knew, because I assumed shortly afterwards my water would break and we would have a baby. Buuut no baby until an induced week later 😦
**Importance of doing kegels. As I mentioned this before in the 1st Trimester; do these before, during, and after pregnancy! As a matter of fact let’s take a minute to do 20 right now! …..Ok thank you! you will thank me later. Let’s move on. 😉
- TAKE your prenatal vitamins!
- Kegels! How To
- Moisturize bump, boobs, and thighs!
- Create birth plan
- Write your baby a letter (This is really helpful if you baby is past due. Writing a letter on the due date helps calm your nerves and it’s a great memory)
- Baby shower
- Finish nursery
- Send thank you notes (I sent mine right after “KickBack” was born, I wanted my thank yous and announcements to be combined)
- Cook and freeze meals OR have people lined up to come over and bring food.
- Count kicks
- Put hospital bags by the door (I will share what I took the hospital later)
- Install car seat
- Prepare to go before or past your due date
- Although I did this a lot earlier in my pregnancy, the 3rd trimester may be a more suitable time for you to start reading to your baby. It’s a great way to bond. He or she already knows your voice, but it’s never to early to start hearing books and songs. Let daddy read or talk to your belly too.
This is “KickBack’s” room after the baby shower. I told you we got EVERYTHING we needed! So GRATEFUL and BLESSED.
I think being pregnant is so beautiful!