THE THIRD TRIMESTER
There’s one thing that I know for certain about pregnancy: it never stays the same. The only consistency is that it’s not consistent at all. It’s easy to divide it up into trimesters but the truth is: every single day is different. One day, I feel great and full of energy and the next, I’m exhausted and nauseous. It’s up and down like this the entire time and the sooner I learned to accept this as a fact, the better off I was.
Now that I’m in my third trimester (the home stretch!), I feel like I have a better perspective on pregnancy overall. One observation: the second trimester is, in fact, better than the first. While I never had horrible morning sickness like some do, I just didn’t feel that great during the first trimester. I was nauseous and tired and spent my days feeling very – for lack of a better word – blah. The second trimester, on the other hand, was a much brighter time. The fog lifted and I had more energy. I felt slightly more like my old self. It was the perfect time to travel – not to mention, move into a new house!
The third trimester falls somewhere in between the two. While I definitely don’t feel as bad as I did in the first trimester, my energy level has noticeably decreased from the second. I’m starting to feel a little uncomfortable in my skin and despite feeling very tired, sleeping isn’t coming as easily as it did. It’s forced me to really slow down (something I’m not very good at doing) and I’ve found that I don’t really want to leave my house very much. I’ve started saying no to more outings than I say yes. I’m totally content at home, taking part in all of the creature comforts: cozy clothes (namely this random sweatshirt I found at Target for $20!), face masks (obsessed with this one), and lots of take-out. It’s a little isolating, to be honest, but it’s also my own choice. For those of you who have been pregnant, did you feel this way in the last couple of months, too? Should I be forcing myself to get out more or is this a normal feeling? I would love your thoughts!