The third trimester begins at about 30 weeks into your pregnancy. At that point, the baby is essentially fully formed, and just needs a little more time to grow into the bundle of joy that will eventually emerge after about nine months.
The third trimester is different from the other two. For the first 30 weeks, you can get away with generally living your life in the same way that you always did. But once those final few weeks hit, things change a lot. Here are some of the weird stuff that nobody ever tells you about the third trimester.
You’ll Receive Some Strange Compliments
Nobody seems to know what to say to mums-to-be when they get to the final trimester. Compliments can become very strange indeed, often just because it’s an unusual time for a woman.
That’s not to say that mums in the third trimester don’t like receiving the odd compliment. They can become rare, especially when your body starts to do things that you’ve never experienced before.
You Stop Shaving Your Legs
For several months at the beginning of your pregnancy, your body remains relatively unchanged. Yes, you might have the odd craving or feel a little sick, but your shape remains. It’s easy to bend over in the shower or the bath and shave your legs. No problem.
But once that bump on your belly has grown to baby-sized proportions, all of a sudden tasks like shaving become difficult, even impossible. All of a sudden your beauty routine goes straight out of the window and all you can think about is that next chocolate bar or tub of ice cream.
You Start Creaking And Groaning When You Stand Up
Do you remember when you were young listening to all the noises that older people made when trying to stand up? Well, that’s you now. Every time you want to get up you heave and creak as if you’re carrying some heavy weight. Oh, wait a minute: you are!
You Worry All The Time
Now that the bump is visible, it suddenly dawns on you that this baby thing is real. You have been to the family law experts, you’ve got the baby’s bedding, and you’ve filled their wardrobe. But it’s not until it is biologically evident that it becomes a psychological reality that you can’t ignore. And when this happens, you have no choice but to start worrying. Will you be a good enough mom? Will your child be safe in your home? Do you have enough money to see you through the maternity period?
Your Partner Now Treats You Like The Baby
You never needed help putting your shoes on in the past. But now that you’re in the third trimester, you don’t know how you ever lived without your partner doing it for you.
What’s more, your assistance needs go beyond help with putting on shoes. You need somebody to get you dressed in the morning, pack your lunch, and drive you to wherever you need to be for the day. Well, it could be worse!