[Rachel Zoe ‘Liza’ Print One Shoulder Caftan]

At 39+ weeks pregnant, I’m currently ready to talk about anything other than being pregnant… Literally, anything else.  Who’s read a good book or seen a good movie lately?  It’s time to move on!  However in the interest of consistency, and someday- posterity,  here’s one last pregnancy update looking back at my third trimester (you can see My First Trimester Recap and My Second Trimester Recap respectively).

In no particular order some of the things that surprised me most about the third trimester are:

1.  It’s not the worst.  For months I’ve been somewhat dreading the end of pregnancy, hearing countless stories about how uncomfortable things can get.  Surprisingly, that hasn’t been my experience at all!  In fact I’ve felt better the last month than at almost any other point.  I can’t put my finger on exactly what it is.  It’s possible that it’s all just relative to how miserable my morning sickness was for the first half of the pregnancy, or that there’s finally a light at the end of the tunnel, but the quality of life these past few weeks has been pretty great all things considered!  I have energy, I’m active, food has never tasted better, and I’m not sure whether it’s because the baby has “dropped” or that I’m finally getting used to this big belly but most days I move around pretty well.

2.  Pants are the enemy.  When I was newly pregnant, I was head-over-heals in love with my maternity jeans.  I thought they were stretchy, comfortable, and sent from the heavens.  These days?  Not so much.  It’s all about dresses!  I can’t explain exactly why but over the past couple months pants have definitely become the enemy.  I find everything about them to be uncomfortable.  With maybe the exception of a pair of yoga pants, I’ve been living almost exclusively in maxi dresses (my favorites are from Old Navy and Rachel Pally, and they don’t necessarily need to be “maternity” as long as they’re stretchy).  I’m sure this isn’t the case for everyone, but if you’re newly pregnant it might be something to consider before you splurge on tons of maternity jeans.

3.  It’s possible I’ve been in denial.  The whole pregnancy I’ve had virtually no worries or anxiety about the whole giving birth, or bringing a baby home thing.  Uncharacteristic, as I’m generally a worrier, but with all the aches and pains of pregnancy- giving birth and caring for the baby has always seemed like the ultimate grand prize/finish line.  When people asked when I was due my answer was always “not soon enough!”.  Then I hit 39 weeks pregnant and everything seemed to be approaching a little too quickly, I desperately wanted to pump the breaks, realizing all the pain, change, and sleepless nights that lay just around the corner.  I had a major moment of realization, stressed out, freaked out, shed a few tears and thankfully everything seemed much better the next morning (as it usually does).  I might be alone in having had this moment, but I’m guessing everybody goes through something similar at some point in pregnancy.  For me, it was definitely right at 39 weeks.

4.  Hospital classes were helpful.  As I’m sure most hospitals do, ours offers a range of expectant parent classes- from birthing, to breastfeeding, newborn care, CPR and tours.  I had heard many mixed reviews on how useful the classes were to friends, and didn’t know what to expect or if we should take them, but upon the recommendation of our OB we signed up for almost all of them and I’m so glad we did!  It’s not that there was any critical information conveyed in each class that we wouldn’t be able to live without, in fact we already knew almost everything that was covered, but they definitely helped build confidence and I found it really comforting (and fun?) to be around so many other couples expecting, just as we are.  It also gave me great piece of mind to get comfortable with going to the hospital.  Before the classes I had never even set foot in the building, but now after a few relaxed visits we know where things are, how parking and cabs work, what food options are close by, where we’ll be staying, where family can wait, etc… and it has all helped build a comfort level leading up to the birth that I’m really grateful for.

[Looking for more pregnancy posts? Check out: Our Big News, The Gender Reveal, My First Trimester Recap, My Second Trimester Recap, Baby Shower Weekend, Getting Ready for Baby with Monica + Andy, and follow along on Instagram using #TCLBbaby]

[Photos By Hallie Duesenberg]

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