The final trimester is here!!!
*I’m really tired. Probably 10 times more tired than I was when I was pregnant with Brooke. Not sure if that is because I am older now or because this time around I have kids to chase around all day but either way, I am getting in as much sleep/downtime as possible.
Luckily, I can convince the kids to take it easy with me sometimes too…
*40 miles of running last week. My pace has stayed pretty much the same throughout the second trimester. Usually it is anywhere between a 9:00-9:40. I don’t look at my pace until the end of the run and just run what feels comfortable and usually that means a 9:20. It’s harder and harder to get myself motivated to go run but two things get me up… 1. I know it will make me feel better. 2. I know I’m going to miss it big time if I can’t run my entire pregnancy and during the recovery process.
*I love watching my belly move around as she does her flips and kicks.
*Sitting straight up isn’t very comfortable anymore, I need to find a portable recliner chair that can just go everywhere with me.. 12 weeks of that is going to be fun ha. I am laying down a lot and for some reason the kids think that is their signal to make me their pillow.
*I’m wondering if my chest is going to stop growing at some point…
*This video made me laugh pretty hard:) Definitely some differences for me between my 1st and this one but at the same time since they are so far apart… I feel like there are still a lot of similarities too.
*I feel like this image below properly describes my eating lately. I’m trying to get in a good amount of vegetables and things but there is a whole lot of chocolate covered raisins and donuts happening too.
*She now weights around 2 1/4 lbs! This Friday we have a doctor’s appointment with a glucose test. I’m supposed to fast for 2 hours before I go in… that is going to be rough (I feel like I snack all day long ha). Hopefully the drink isn’t too bad!
*I came across an old post that I wrote about how I personally started running too quickly after having Brooke and it reminded me of how lucky I feel to be getting this chance again.
*I’ve randomly had some of the nausea coming back but it is not nearly as bad as the first trimester. I am just really hoping that ends soonish!
*I didn’t know it was possible to love fruit as much as I do right now.
Hormones are a crazy thing. They have such a huge affect on us. I have not struggled with postpartum depression but I definitely remember a lot of postpartum anxiety after I had Brooke. Feelings of anxiety is something that I feel like I experience normally but after I had Brooke I felt like it really took over some days. There were nights where I remember getting up a dozen times throughout the night to make sure Brooke was still breathing because I was so worried. After I had her my brain would think of the worst possible things that could happen and then I would stress out for awhile on how to prevent those things from happening. I think the extreme anxiety lasted for just about as long as I was breastfeeding (I’m sure those hormones played a role) but maybe that is why I jumped into running again so quickly, it helped me calm down. Hopefully this time around I can figure it all out a bit sooner but I’ve definitely already talked to Andrew about what I experienced with Brooke so that he can help me if it happens again.
I would love to hear your experiences with different postpartum things that you have experienced. For me I feel like I struggle more with sadness during pregnancy than I do afterwards (well, at least with Brooke that is how it was and I definitely have really down days during this pregnancy too). I know many women that struggle with postpartum depression and it absolutely breaks my heart. Thank goodness for the modern day medicine (or whatever YOU FIND that helps you!!!!) that we have to help us out in any way that it can in different situations like this one and hopefully we all know how important it is to reach out for help.
Did you deal with postpartum depression or anxiety or other postpartum things?!
-My mom actually had postpartum arthritis in her fingers that really hurt her a lot. It lasted about 8 weeks and she would have to run her hands in warm water before using them or to pick up the baby. Her sister-in-law had the exact same problem, both of them with the worst pain in their ring fingers!