When you finally make it to the third trimester you may think that the worst part is over. After all, you’re in the last stretch of pregnancy. However, the truth is that things are just getting started. Most women agreed that the third trimester is the most difficult—and for good reason. Take a look at some of the telltale signs that you’re definitely in your third trimester of pregnancy.
As you get closer to your due date, you may find yourself getting sudden spurts of creative energy around the house. Adding decorations to your baby’s room, or buying things spontaneously online for your baby are not unheard of in the final trimester before giving birth.
You instinctively start preparing your home for the arrival of your baby and start to put a lot of energy into making sure your space is just perfect. Sometimes it can baffle our confused partners who aren’t sure when you suddenly became the next Marie Kondo. Don’t worry— it’s all part of pregnancy, and nesting is perfectly normal!
As the baby starts to weigh more and more, it starts to take its toll on your back. All of the extra weight can make you extra top-heavy and can lead to serious pressure on your lower back. If the pain becomes too intense, you may want to talk to your doctor about wearing a special back brace. It also helps to get an ergonomic chair for long periods of sitting, and of course, a pregnancy pillow.
You Can’t See Your Toes
Gone are the days when you could see your toes. All you can see now is a stretched-out belly button and in some cases, maybe a few cute stretch marks. Because of the distance between you and your toes, washing your feet or painting your toenails can become a serious chore. Don’t be afraid to ask for help with things like tying your shoes. Its as if you’ve got a watermelon in the waistband of your pants at all times, so it’s normal if you can’t do things that involve your feet.
You’re Tired All the Time
The initial fatigue of the first trimester finally wears off, only to revisit in the third trimester. If you find yourself wanting to fall asleep several times a day, you’re not alone. Third trimester fatigue is a real thing. Try to give yourself the rest that you need, and don’t feel guilty about taking a nap sometimes. Your baby will be here soon, and you need all the rest you can get before they arrive.
If you managed to get away with a reasonable appetite up until now, then consider yourself lucky. It’s usually by the third trimester that women start getting extra ravenous. Now that your baby is bigger, you need to give yourself a few more calories than you did in your second trimester. Don’t hold yourself back, as long as you’re making healthy choices!