I am now in week 31 of being pregnant and that translates to “Oh Sh#$% that means only 9 weeks left, If I in fact make it the entire 40 weeks!” Next Monday I will enter the EIGHTH month of pregnancy. When I look at the numbers, I think I should be more anxious and freaked out. I am very surprised that I feel really calm about it all.
It is my husband and I’s first child so we have no idea as to what is in store for us when the baby comes nor do I have a clue as to what labor and delivery will be like. Yet I find myself feeling quite calm. Why am I so calm? Why do I not feel anxious? I am actaully rather enjoying this moment in my life.
I think I am not anxious because I physically feel quite well. Being almost 8 months pregnant isn’t what I imagined or read about. By now I thought I would be uncomfortable all of the time. Nor have I suffered all the little things I read about in “What to Expect When you are Expecting” book.
The reasons that I don’t feel uncomfortable all of the time; I have a very supportive and knowledgeable husband, I am not working full time, and I have not gained a lot of extra weight. It is amazing how much of a burden it takes off of your shoulders to have a competent, helpful, supportive partner. I hear other people talk about their unsuppportive partners and I appreciate my husband even more. If you want to make your life a whole lot simpler, don’t get financially entangeld or have children with someone who does not help you out. Not working full time and being able to sleep in when I have been awakened every 2 hours to urinate, or being able to eat small meals all day and being able to lay down and put my feet up whenever I want really helps create an environment of very little discomfort. Up until now I have only gained maybe 25 pounds, and compared to the 60 or so pounds that other women talk about gaining, it feels very managable. Don’t get me wrong, it is still uncomfortable to get up from laying down or bend over and tie my shoes. But my husband and I go walking for 3 miles each day and that surprisingly feels great.
Third Trimester Protein Intake Increase
One big change in this third trimester is eating more protein. During my last visit with my midwife, she advised me that I need to be eating 60-90 grams of protein everyday. Protein? I asked her, why? She advised it is because so much of the baby’s brain is being developed during the last trimester and nuerons need protein. The next day I kept track of everything I ate and by the end of the day I had eaten 107 grams of protein. Not to say that I didn’t change my diet and just kept track of everything I ate, I purposely added protein heavy items to my diet. The first day I may have gone a little overboard. Since then I have kept my protein intake between 80 and 90 grams. It is necessary to eat fiber like apples as you increase protein intake, otherwise those bowel movements will not remain regular. Being regular is great.
All in all this pregnancy is not what I expected after doing research before I got pregnant. Aside from the nausea during the first trimester, it has been pretty much a cakewalk. We will see what the end has in store for me. I will continue to expect the worst pain imaginable during labor. Hopefully I will be pleasantly surprised.