Even as I type this it’s hard to believe! I’m in my third trimester! The last week has been filled with a plethora of emotions (isn’t every week?!) but the top of the list has been feeling grateful, hopeful, and slightly overwhelmed. Below I’ll share my top three thoughts as I entered my third trimester…
1. The new “safe zone”
Passing the 28-week mark seemed like a big milestone for many reasons. At my last high-risk OB appointment, the doctor said, “Next time I see you you’ll be 28 weeks and that’s a big milestone in a pregnancy like yours!” So I guess it feels like I somehow “crossed” this imaginary line she had drawn. Having been told I’m at risk for pre-term labour at 20 weeks, it almost feels like an accomplishment to have made it this far with sweet pea safe inside. Lastly, I read recently that past the 28-week mark infant survival rate takes a big leap and is over 95%. All these things combined make this week feel like a new “safe zone.”
2. We’re going to have a baby?!
It’s been really hitting home this week… we are going to have a baby! Somewhere between 8-12 weeks from now my husband and I will be in charge of caring for a tiny human together. While I am immensely excited and grateful for this, it is simultaneously overwhelming. Especially in this day and age, there is so much information, facts, tips, and tricks thrown at us every day. How do we make sure our sweet girl is sleeping in the right position? Will I be able to breastfeed like I want to? What are the best products to use on her skin? The list goes on and on as we prepare for our little one.
3. Grow Baby Grow!
As sweet pea moves more throughout the day and often more aggressively I often think about what she’s doing in there. Is she rolling, stretching her legs, waving, sucking her thumb, practicing breathing? I love feeling all her movements and watching my belly move in new and strange ways. I still try to use them as a way to connect as I wrote about before by giving my belly a little rub, pat, or talking to her. Every morning I tell her she is strong, healthy, and so loved. I send her all my energy to grow, baby, grow!