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My Pregnancy Experience | Third Trimester

If you’re new to my blog, I recently started writing more motherhood/pregnancy/baby posts and I’m hoping to turn my blog a lot more into a mommy lifestyle one, since – obviously – that is my life now 🙂

I already had my baby, but I wanted to share with you my first pregnancy experience. I know when I was pregnant I loved reading about other people’s experiences to find things I could relate to, so I figured I could do the same. So if you’re currently pregnant – congratulations!! – I hope you find some tips to make your journey easier! While I was pregnant, I filmed weekly updates on my Youtube channel, so if you would like to see those here is a playlist for you.

I kept a pregnancy journal throughout my entire pregnancy and I thought it would be nice to share my experiences with you, week by week. These will also include the symptoms that I’ve been having during those weeks. I’ll try to write just a few short sentences for each week – since I don’t wanna make this post too long. Here it goes:

WEEK 29: We found out the baby has not turned head down yet – which is the proper position for birth, but I’m hoping he will turn in time. It’s getting hard to breathe properly and I feel very full very quickly after eating – probably because the baby is pressing more upwards now. 

WEEK 30: I started waking up again very frequently during the night, about every hour or so, and I’m feeling really tired. My husband finally heard the baby’s heartbeat just pressing his hear against my tummy, and he tried listening to my own heartbeat as well, to make sure he wasn’t confusing between the two – but he said there’s a clear difference. He also felt how the baby is hiccuping. So cute!

WEEK 31: It’s getting harder to bend over, put my shoes on etc. I get tired and out of breath really easily. We started a Lamaze class and so far we’re really enjoying it!

WEEK 32: I think the baby has started reacting to sounds, especially to his dad’s voice. When he talks to my tummy, the baby starts kicking a lot. I’m feeling quite huge, even though everyone says I don’t look like I’ve gained that much weight (aside from the belly, of course)….but I think they’re just being nice – haha! I am now around 56 kg (before pregnancy I was 46-47 kg).

WEEK 33: The baby constantly has an arm or leg up in my ribs and he sometimes kicks there. It is SOOO uncomfortable.

WEEK 34: Had an ultrasound this week and the baby still hasn’t turned. Otherwise everything looks good. I hope he turns in time, because the idea of a c-section kinda scares me more than natural labor. I have started doing some exercises that are supposed to help the baby turn, but I’m not sure if they will work.

WEEK 35: My hands and feet have started to swell and my hands actually hurt a bit. I was advised to take my blood pressure every few days to make sure it doesn’t get too high, but it’s always pretty good, so I don’t have preeclampsia. 

WEEK 36: I noticed that, for example, if I drop something on the kitchen counter (which is at belly level), the baby is startled a bit in my tummy. It’s quite funny. My hubby says he takes that from me, since I’m easily startled as well – haha! The Braxton Hicks contractions are getting more intense and uncomfortable, but they’re not yet real labor contractions.

WEEK 37: Baby still has not turned at this week’s ultrasound and my doctor said it’s highly unlikely that he will turn, since he has very little room left in my belly. We also had an NST (non-stress test) and the baby’s heartbeat and movements were ok. Took the Strep B test and, thankfully, I don’t have it.

WEEK 38: The baby was estimated at around 3 kg and I’m definitely feeling heavier and heavier. I can’t wait to give birth! My hubby and I have been spending a lot of time just the two of us, going on walks, at restaurants etc., basically enjoying these last few moments as a family of two.

WEEK 39: Had another NST and everything’s good with the babe. We can’t wait to see what he looks like. This week I turned 25 years old (on Oct. the 11th) and now I’m anxiously awaiting the best birthday present ever to arrive!

WEEK 40: Had a final NST a day before my due date and it looks like I’m having pretty intense contractions on their scale/chart. My OB said it’s possible for my labor to start before my due date (when we have scheduled the c-section). I’m very nervous about the c-section, but I can’t wait to meet my little baby!

My due date (Oct 18th): I was having labor contractions when I got to the hospital, although they weren’t super regular at the time. There was no point in us waiting longer, since the baby was still breech – so I had a c-section that day. Baby Victor was born at 1:35 p.m., he weighed 3.6 kg at birth and was 56 cm long. He had a looot of hair on his tiny head and he looks exactly like his father. We couldn’t be happier!
Hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my pregnancy experience!

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