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Weeks 27 to 40ish are going to fly by, but at the same time will seem like an eternity. Are you starting to feel a little off-balance? This is a typical 3rd-trimester experience. You may need to trade your heels in for a pair of flip flops if you haven’t yet. Or better, just go barefoot! Have you started the “waddle” yet? As the baby gets lower into the pelvis, you may find yourself walking around like a little penguin. I remember with my first two pregnancies; I REALLY felt off-balanced. I stepped off the curbs wrong several times; I even broke my foot one of the times. I also felt my depth perception was WAY off! When I was 32 weeks pregnant with my son, I took out my car’s side mirrors. One in a parking garage and the other trying to park in my garage!
I say the final list for pregnancy because the 4th trimester is postpartum. What weird things are we going to come across now? Haven’t the first two trimesters given us enough?! Don’t worry, some repeat themselves! For example, remember that you had to pee all the time in the first trimester? Yep, it’s that time again; you will be using the bathroom ALL the time!
Now that you are in the 3rd trimester, you will start to see your provider every two weeks until around week 34. Then you get to see them every week until the baby arrives!
These few weeks will keep you busy as you get all the last-minute preparation done before the baby arrives! As you gather up your essentials, get the baby’s nursery finished up, and clean ALL of the baby’s clothes. Don’t forget to do these things also:
Sometimes women get a surge of energy and a desire to clean, clean, and clean like a madwoman. Typically, this means you are ready for baby, and labor will hopefully be right around the corner! This instinct is incredible! Get the house nice and clean and prepare for the baby to arrive! DO NOT overdo it! No lifting the furniture to clean under it or rearranging furniture. Leave that for your partner!
Treat yourself to a mani/pedi afterward. Don’t forget to keep up on your self-care also!
Don’t be alarmed, mama! Typically, new moms can go past 40 weeks. As long as the baby is healthy and you are healthy, even though you are pretty uncomfortable and losing patience, many providers allow you to wait for the baby to come on their own. Trust your instincts and your body. Your body and baby work together and know when the right time is. You and your provider will be working extra close to ensure that all stay well. Some babies just need a little extra time to grow, which is perfectly fine!
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