We’re less than two months from baby’s due date. 52 days to go, to be exact.
There’s been no hiding my burgeoning belly for months, but in the past few days I’ve really started to feel my limitations.
I’m tired guys. More than tired. I’m exhausted.
To be fair, I totally overextended myself this past weekend. Saturday included a gaggle of errands followed by a strength training session at Baby Bump Academy, a local gym for expectant and new mamas.
The workout was fabulous, and I felt more like myself than I had all week. But I followed it up with a cooking session before Jo and I headed to an outdoor wedding.
Surprisingly, I felt fine all day. I didn’t tire out, drank loads of water and enjoyed all the experiences (including repeatedly sniffing my hubby’s gin and tonic after the nuptials.)
The next morning, I was up bright and early as I volunteered at a local 5K, one organized by my friend Jo. Upon arrival, Jo greeted baby boy first, a move that both surprised me and brought a smile.
“Get used to people ignoring you for him!” she said with a laugh. The race was a whirlwind, and a joy to be a part of. (Next year, I run!)
Fast forward several hours – past a lengthy brunch outing with my hubby’s college friends. I was done. I wanted nothing more than to sleep. But I had laundry to do, and food prep and chores and….
Yeah. I was wiped.
That’s the biggest difference I noticed as I’ve surpassed 30 weeks of pregnancy. I grow tired far more easily. I repeatedly try to do too much and then I crash.
I spent Monday d-r-a-g-g-i-n-g. Tuesday wasn’t much better.
I understand that this is the way it goes, and I do my best to cope by resting after work most days and drinking glass after glass of water. But yeah, I can’t pack in the activities like I used to. I can’t do as much as I’d like. And we already know I can’t lift things as I once could. Even a few weekends ago, when I celebrated baby boy with friends and family in Pennsylvania and Kyle’s engagement, I was wiped after 4 straight days of activity.
I’m not complaining as I feel so blessed to be in these shoes after my last few months. But boy, growing a baby is hard, tiring work. And while I love how his constant kicking keeps me company when I can’t sleep, my expanding body is getting cumbersome and uncomfortable.
In my first trimester, I was queasy and tired. I mainly laid low and rested outside work.
In my second trimester, my energy soared. The queasiness subsided and I was on a mission. I was incredibly active, between regular walks, hikes, yoga and trying new activities like Pilates.
Then the third trimester – and the summer heat – hit me like a truck. Yeah. reality check. Did I mention that we don’t have central air? Yeahhhh.
But that’s ok. Baby boy will be here soon enough, and we’ll enjoy the crisp fall weather together.
Any tips for a third trimester mama with 7 weeks to go? Share in the comments!