Sep 222013
 
Pregnancy World has some odd tourist attractions...

Pregnancy World has some odd tourist attractions…

Travel through Pregnancy World has been quite the journey! Since my article on 12 funny symptoms of the first four months of pregnancy was shared so widely, I think it’s time for a third trimester update. Now that I’m SEVEN months pregnant (!), my preggo symptoms have shifted to be even more wild and weird. So here they are: 20 funny symptoms of the third trimester of pregnancy!

1. An uncanny sense of smell for urine. At seven months pregnant, I can suddenly smell human urine from supernatural distances. This has proven most disconcerting when walking through Boston and taking public transportation. There’s more urine residue out there than I knew!


2. Random rock-hard abs. Starting around 20 weeks (a pregnancy is 40 weeks total), women get “Braxton-Hicks Contractions” in which the womb becomes rock hard for 30-90 seconds. I get these contractions at least four times a day now. They don’t hurt and are normal… but it doesn’t make it any less bizarre when your stomach suddenly morphs into a dense knot for no reason!

I've gained 28 pounds so far, and am headed for 40!

I’ve gained 28 pounds so far, and am headed for 40!

3. Massive weight gain… being fine. Confession: I’m on track to gain 40 pounds by my due date. Apparently, this is normal?! Most of my friends also gained around forty pounds during their pregnancies, and one finally showed me a chart explaining where it all goes: Only about 8 pounds is the baby. The rest is from vastly increased blood volume, uterus weight, the placenta, “milk production area” weight, etc. All this means that I will come close to weighing 200 pounds by November… and that will be fine!

4. Butterfingers. Not once in the past three years that I’ve owned an iPhone have I dropped it… until now. In my current state, I have now dropped my phone not once but FOUR times in the past two weeks. Good thing I have a giant, cushioned case! A pregnant gal must take measures to reign in her buttery fingers.


5. Give me my space! Since being “with child,” I need my personal space like crazy, and will go to great lengths to get it. When I attended a very crowded recent Mayoral forum in Boston, I actually sat in the crack between two seats so I would steal double the space and have a bigger cushion between me and the strangers around!

Oh crazy baby and assorted hormones... You do funny things to a gal!

Oh crazy baby and assorted hormones… You do funny things to a gal!

6. Lust for driving. You may recall that I never really learned to drive a car, and had never driven alone before… until now. Suddenly, for the first time in my life, I’m driving myself to and from work each day! Cramming onto the bus with 80 coughing strangers is no longer my idea of a good time. This is a huge and very useful shift.

7. Bending is a horror. Because of the mini-human relaxing in my abdomen, it is now between awful and impossible to bend down and pick something up, or even to lean down to put on my pants or shoes. I’m considering hiring a little trained chimpanzee to do my lower-altitude tasks for me. A related symptom to this is that my baby-stretched abs make it embarrassingly hard to get up from sitting or lying down. Sometimes I have to ask to be pushed off the couch!


8. SUDDENLY STARVING. It’s my husband who came up with the official name for this symptom, as it has wreaked havoc on his life. In short: One moment I’m fine, calm, and satisfied… and then I’m SUDDENLY STARVING and can’t deal with life and must be fed immediately! “Food now, please!” I may scream while collapsing on the floor and whimpering, unable to stand to open the fridge. Partners of all pregnant folks should prepare well for this! People ask me constantly if I get cravings to eat particular things, and the honest answer is: “FOOD.”

Hey baby... Are you excited to wear these cute booties?

Hey, Baby-to-Be… Are you excited to wear these cute booties?

9. Internal rib punches and hiccups. Our baby has figured out how to get under my ribs and kick them from the inside. It’s intense. He also gets hiccups at least twice a day, making my entire belly jiggle rhythmically: “Hic! Hic! Hic!”

10. Belly touch need. Apparently newborn babies need human touch to survive and grow. Well, I appear to be channelling that ache even before the birth, as the moment my husband puts his hand on my belly I feel calmer. Whenever he’s near me, I grab his arm and force him to touch my belly. As I said in my first pregnancy article, I highly recommend ensuring you have a supportive partner before embarking on a pregnancy, as I would be really sad without that loving belly hand (and the person attached to it)!

11. Better delegation. For the first time in my life, I’m becoming able to assign tasks for other people to do rather than trying to do everything myself. It’s a breakthrough! And will be essential once the baby comes, methinks.

It's all becoming more real as gifts come in from our registry...

It’s all becoming more real as gifts come in from our registry…

12. Nesting. This one’s a cliche, but has proven to be true: The messier our home, the more upset I am. The neater and more prepared to raise our little sparrow that our surroundings look, the happier I get! The state of the nest makes a difference.


13. Solitaire addiction. Since becoming preggo, I’ve played about 10 games of the card game, Solitaire, on my iPhone a day. Sad but true. This is related to the waves of fatigue from…

14. Passing out after eating. So, I don’t exactly faint after eating, but once food is in my system, I become drenched with the overwhelming urge to sleep right then and there, no matter what time of day it is. This is most inconvenient, given that I teach three classes right after lunch!

15. Baby love. When friends come by with their babies, I grab the infants from their parents and snuggle them for as long as I’m able. When they leave, I ache to hold a baby again. This is probably a good development, given what’s coming in 8 weeks!

Pregnant sun leopard!

Pregnant sun leopard!

16. A burning throat. Because my womb has pushed my stomach up almost into my chest, I currently get heartburn after eating so much as a peanut. *Burp.*

17. Laziness. Like a massive hippopotamus, I find myself far slower at doing anything important than before pregnancy. Whereas I would respond to every email received within 24 hours pre-Preg-World, I now dally at action for days on end. I’ve got to figure out a way to kick this symptom soon, as there’s much to do before November when I go on Maternity Leave!

18. Changing belly size through the day. My belly gets significantly bigger as the day goes on due to food and water retention. The coworker who said to me Friday morning, “Hey Skinny Minnie, you don’t even look pregnant!” would NOT say the same thing of my inflated balloon belly of 8pm!

Yaaaaay for zany Pregnancy World!

Yaaaaay for zany Pregnancy World!

19. Reversing belly button. If you get pregnant, your womb pushes your belly button from an innie to an outie! So odd. Mine hasn’t totally “flipped” yet, though it’s close. I owe Colin $5 on a bet when it does.

20. Family bonding. Since I’ve entered Pregnancy World, I want to hang out with my husband, mother, father, brother, and family-in-law as much as humanly possible. (Speaking of which, thanks to my mother for taking these photos with me at Jamaica Pond in Boston!) I also crave time with good friends. Clearly, my soul wants to burrow into a nest of community and kin to prepare for our babe’s upbringing!

There you have my current symptoms of travel through Pregnancy World. Any sound surprising? Familiar? Do comment… 

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  37 Responses to “20 Funny Pregnancy Symptoms of the Third Trimester”

  1. This is something that I’ve been wondering about for a while now. Not pregnant myself (nor will i be for a long time, I’m 15) but– Does it feel weird looking at yourself in the mirror because of the belly? I can’t help but imagine it’d feel like “There is an actual thing growing in me, this is so weird.”

    • What an interesting question! In fact, though it was conceptually weird to think about having a baby in my belly, it all felt strangely normal, even when I looked in the mirror and saw my huge tummy. I guess nature prepares us for most things!

  2. You are so right about all of these. Especially having to bend and buckle my shoes and then eating like every 1-2 hours. Can’t wait for all of these to be over. *urgh*

  3. I totally agree with all these symptoms.I am 7 months pregnant.Especially that “butterfingers”.Earlier i used to think that may be its due to stress that i am unable to hold things more focussly.But now it seems all normal.
    Thanx a ton for making us to realise that we are no different than the world……

  4. in our place A group of women hear the news from the pregnant lady, as follows:

    Oh my dear, what dreams you are looking so far, tell me your yesterday’s dream.
    what you want to eat,
    what you want to ride (horse, camel, car, bicycle )
    what you want to see/hear (tv, radio, tape recorder etc) 🙂

    all such questions are normally ask to her, and she tell story like expressions etc, then the women judge the symptoms of baby. 🙂 ha ha ha

  5. Totally relate to each and every one of these! LOL! Number 7 reminded me of trying to tie shoes while very pregnant. My husband laughs because I sit, put one foot up on the other knee and tie my shoe. This results in the tie being on the inside side of the shoe. He totally makes fun of me for it, but what else am I supposed to do? And number 20, we began the bonding process by regularly reading a week-by-week development book. It is truly amazing to track the miracle that is taking place. It really made a difference for me even after birth. Now, there are a lot of great books and blogs out there to serve this purpose, but the one I’m reading now blows all the others away, and it’s great for every pregnancy, not just the first. Not only does it have even more development details than usual, and personalized, it has a section in it where you can journal or write letters to baby. It’s called “The Wonder Within You: celebrating your baby’s journey from conception to birth” by Carey Wickersham. It’s an awesome combination of week-to-week information, what’s going on with the baby, “Did you know?” plus health advice about what to eat, cravings, nutrition, etc, BUT also with awesome 3D/4D pictures and videos you can link or QR with your phone to and see what your baby looks like at each week stage. I’ve just not seen anything exactly like it! It’s got famous quotes and real mom stories, too. The pregnancy information is as up-to-date as it gets and it’s such a great keepsake. I want to get one for everybody I know who is expecting! I highly recommend it!

  6. My cousin Katy Murphy sent me to your blog. I’m pregnant with my second (or third if you count stepchildren) and loved reading this.

    #12–YES!! I have been slowly but surely organizing and cleaning and purging household clutter and did I mention organizing? I turned into a crazy person on Christmas, obsessively ordering the mess to be cleaned up immediately as we opened presents, not one errant piece of wrapping paper allowed, not one gift left out and everything put in its place before bedtime.

    I experienced #18 A LOT in the beginning and second trimester, but now (32.5 weeks) at the end of the day my belly doesn’t necessarily look bigger, yet the pressure makes me incredibly uncomfortable. My skin stretches and my lungs fight for room. And I must waddle instead of walk.

    Really enjoyed this post! Congratulations on the new baby 🙂

  7. Aw you look gorgeous and I’m sending you all my best wishes for this new phase in your life (travelling with a baby of course)! Definitely need that extra poundage – it’s fuel/energy for all the feeding to come – so never despise it. It will be tough but grand at the same time!

  8. Oh, !!, thanks for your comment, we are hugely celebrating diwali here with lot of guests at our home, with the evening lighting in front of home and in the morning “rangoli” ( means a colorful clay in the powder form), we celebrate this festival with lot of “gift-giving” to the elders and as well as to the children. joy in cooking in these days. 🙂 well your 4 th photo the carpet is looking “rajasthani”, if I am sure. ha ha ha, enjoy Lillie.

  9. Happy Diwali ( the festival of light here) Lillie, being a mother of 2 daughters at the initial period I couln’t do the travel in those days Ha Ha Ha. 🙂

  10. I loved this, so cute and inspiring (not to have a baby but to blog or write about my person experiences or changes)
    ps i loved the photos you look beautiful!

  11. You look fabulous! Those are funny symptoms, but most importantly I’m glad to hear that you’re feeling well.

  12. I had a total love for everything. As though I was on ecstasy. Everything was the best ever.

    You don’t look like you gained any weight at all, by the way.

    You look great.

  13. Very insightful! And you look amazing by the way!

  14. My funniest symptom was when my feet disappeared. I’d gaze down over my belly and wouldn’t be able to see them. They do come back — and those 40 lbs. will melt away.

  15. no thanks to the pee smell

  16. Oh, love these, Lillie! I had most of them, especially the must.have.food.now! symptom. As far as the bending down, you can pick up these cool little pincer things at the dollar store (they’re sometimes in the kids toys section) to help out. Loved them.

  17. I think the weirdest symptom is the subsequent brand new human.

  18. Heartburn! It has been 26 years since my last pregnancy and I still remember it.

  19. TOO true. I was sick my whole PG, and lost weight (#50!). It was scary! I am so excited – 8 weeks until goodness!!! 🙂

  20. Love the belly photos! I wonder why pregnant women have urine smelling superpowers – yuk!

    • Thanks! I think the urine-smelling prowess develops so a woman can attend to her baby’s #1 and #2 needs after birth?

  21. Pretty much all of these are true for me. I can especially relate to #7/bending… oh just the thought of it makes me have to take a deep breath. I’m not suddenly starving though. I’ve actually lost my appetite recently but I think that’s due to the never ending heartburn/indigestion I’ve been having.

    • Right! When I drop something my heart sinks and a dark cloud goes over my soul in dread! Sorry about the appetite. 🙁

  22. Hilarious and so true!! The suddenly starving hit the nail on the head for me. My hubby thinks I’m seriously over reacting so its nice to know I am definitely not alone! The passing out after eating is so true too 🙂

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