Don’t you just love these “how your baby is doing” emails from places like BabyCenter.com?
I mean, aside from the fact that each week the fantasy mother drawn in the picture looks like she merely has bad gas or is pregnant with a food baby due to her small size.
Because this is what I looked like at about 12 weeks. Ahem.
I was feeling pretty darn good until a few days ago, when the 3rd trimester woes hit me like a truck. Hmm… roughly corresponding with that nasty fall I took? I did make it to the Chiropractor, at least.
So instead of feeling sorry for myself and complaining to the lovely, all too indulgent internets, I decided to flip things around and look at the positive side of all these annoyances.
And so I offer:
The good news about being 27 weeks pregnant…
- … the good news about feeling tired by 9 AM (and then again at 8 PM!) is that I’m learning to re-prioritize to manage my energy. Things will only get better postpartum for me. I always feel instantly better once baby is delivered and the people around me typically have to sit on me to get me to rest.
- … the good news about feeling suddenly fat and too big for the skin I’m in is that it’s motivating me to exercise every day despite the aforementioned fatigue.
- … the good news about feeling hot in this humidity and heat is that it’s almost summer! And since baby is due in late July I’m taking this summer off instead of homeschooling through, as is our usual plan.
- … the good news about having hip pain when I get up from a lying down position is that it reminds me not to lie about. I feel much better when I stay on my feet, keep moving and avoid sitting too much.
- … the good news about my maternity shirts suddenly being immodestly low and tight is that… well, that one of my strategies for building a cute maternity wardrobe frugally is that I always buy for the trimester I’m in. that way, I don’t have a closetful of suddenly too tight maternity clothing. (Oh, and I got to get some new stuff last weekend!)
- … the good news about swollen hands and feet despite drinking enough fluids is that my body is holding on to extra water so I don’t go into shock post-delivery.
Really, I can’t complain.
(Is that cheating?)
See also: 29 Weeks Pregnant