I’m well into third trimester now and although I’ve been feeling great, a few little difficult things have cropped up. I’ve started getting hip pain in the mornings, it clears up pretty quickly once I wake up and start moving around but lugging a bowling ball that’s attached to your stomach every time you turn over in the night is bound to mess with your muscles and bones right?
My energy levels are still great but I definitely need more sleep than usual. I used to function quite well on 6.5 to 7 hours a night but I need a solid 8 to 9 these days. Which is fine. I just go to bed earlier. And blissfully, I haven’t had any sleep troubles. I wake up every few hours to turn over (which is way harder than it sounds) but I’m back to sleep immediately. I’m so lucky, pregnancy-induced insomnia sounds like hell I’m thrilled it hasn’t happened to me. I’ve been getting restless legs and some leg cramping but both have been quite mild so far. Let’s hope it stays that way!
I wrote about pregnancy essentials earlier in the year so I thought I’d add a third-trimester update for those are interested…
I don’t usually eat a lot of starchy veg but I had a bout of food poisoning from hell this week (everything is totally fine and I don’t think bub even noticed!) and wasn’t able to eat anything but oven fries for a few days. I couldn’t even face my usual yogurt and berries which has been 80% of my food source throughout this pregnancy. I also recovered extremely slowly, it was the worst food poisoning I’ve ever had. I’ve heard that’s pretty typical in pregnancy though, it can make gastro, colds and flu much worse than if you’re not pregnant. Fun times right? I also can’t figure out what it was. I ate literally nothing unusual in the days leading up to it. So bizarre. The worst part was the stress. Vomiting for 6 hours straight and wondering if it’s just food poisoning (mostly harmless to my girl) or something much, much worse. That’s been the hardest part of being pregnant for me, when things happen to my body that are out of my control and might harm my baby and I can’t do anything about it. I know it will only be worse once she’s born and I have even less control over keeping her safe but at least my blood pressure/gastro/the food I eat won’t directly affect her like it does now.
Melbourne has decided skip spring and make summer be a thing so I’ve been having a lot of iced mineral water. One of my mates is pregnant at the same time as me so every time we go over to each other’s house for dinner, it’s ALL about the mineral water and lime. Won’t lie, pretty keen to smash an ice cold beer or a lovely crisp rosé once bub comes out. Mineral water, lovely as it is, gets boring after 9 months straight.
Bamboo body ruched tank
I bought this a few months ago on a recommendation from my mate @miss.goodytwoshoes on Instagram. I’m straight up in love. So comfy, super soft, made from bamboo and it comes in a whole bunch of different colours. I have only bought one so far and I’ve heard of lots of women who were able to breastfeed in these dresses so I’m going to wait to see I can breastfeed comfortably in it and if I can, I’ll definitely be getting more.
Clogs from Funkis – I only bought these this year but I’ve worn them nearly every day. So comfy, can’t recommend them highly enough.
Friends and family who have babies
Most of my friends and family have had babies in the last few years so we picked the best time to start our family. I have piles of gorgeous baby clothes from friends, a fancy pants breast pump from my cousin, baby carriers, bottle warmers, feeding pillows. It’s awesome, we won’t have to buy anything which is great because you use baby stuff for a few months and then it’s useless. Much better for the environment (and our wallets!) to use all the stuff our friends and families don’t need anymore. A lot of my friends and family are in between having babies too so I’m taking their stuff for a year and then giving it back to them when they have their next bubs. Lovely little economic circle.
Weirdly I’ve not been hungry at all during my pregnancy and my appetite has faded even more in third trimester. I think she’s sitting on my stomach, giving me a temporary gastro banding style situation. I haven’t had cravings or aversions as such but I’ve been very into yogurt and berries and it’s pretty much been my main source of food. I had to give it up for a few days around my food poisoning incident (is there anything worse than yogurt when you’re feeling nauseous?) but if yogurt didn’t exist I would have been screwed. I’ve been buying massive tubs of Jalna and just ploughing through them.
This outfit was worn for a massive day of catching up on work. Food poisoning is a bitch and can really set you back in the productivity department. Lots of writing, filming and designing for Crochet Coach and doing all sorts of boring grown-up things like tax and doing some bits pieces for the arrival of our girl. That’s another thing I didn’t anticipate – all the paperwork it takes to have a baby! And the research… I swear we spent 2 months researching prams alone.