Pregnancy Journal: Third Trimester (Week 27-36)

March 09, 2020

Pregnancy Journal: Third Trimester (Week 27-40)

I can't believe I'm already in my third trimester. Time just flew by so quickly! If you haven't been following, Will and I are expecting our little bundle of joy this Spring! I started documenting my journey from my first trimester. You can read it all here.

Here's what my third trimester looks like:

Glucose Tolerance Test

I was asked to take a glucose tolerance test at around 28 weeks. The lab technician handed me what looked like a bottle of orange soda drink. I was asked to finish the drink in one seating and refrained from walking around in case I burned the sugar off. I waited for an hour before the technician could take my blood. I actually felt drowsy after drinking the soda and passed out at the clinic. Luckily, the result of my test was positive.  My sugar level was optimal but was found low in iron. Besides needing to eat more iron-riched food, I'm now adding iron supplements to my growing list of supplements and vitamins.

Taking Our Prenatal Classes

We took our prenatal classes just shortly after the New Year. And boy, there was so much information to take in in mere 2 days. We were taught about the delivery process, the type of medications to ease pain, how to prepare for labour and baby, and what the support person could do to help while in labour. We also watched some real video clips of birth mothers going into labour. Needless to say, it was very graphic. I wasn't prepared for that.

I do think the class has helped us understand what will be involved and better prepare ourselves for the little one. We even practiced wrapping diapers, bathing and burping a baby the proper way on a baby doll.

More Leg Cramps

Even though I didn't get much swelling and back pains but I did experience more leg cramps than my previous trimesters. I would wake up in the middle of the night because of leg cramps. I had to put up a fort of pillows to support my growing belly and lift my leg up to ease cramps.

Chiropractor Visits and Massage

Because of the leg cramps, I started regular chiropractor visits and continued with my massages. My chiropractor friend even recommended me to visit every week so she could help open my pelvis up to allow room for the baby to turn its head down.

At around 35 weeks, I also started feeling more upper back pain. I didn't think that has to do with my pregnancy at first until my chiropractor told me that the muscles were working hard to balance the weight of my belly. I kept feeling tightness in my neck and shoulders area.

Pregnancy Journal: Third Trimester (Week 27-40) - Maternity Photography

Setting up the Nursery Room

I had a lot of ideas on what to do for the nursery but I didn't want it to be gender-specific. I wanted the room to be bright, airy and inviting. After all, I would be spending a lot of time in the room with the baby. Will painted the room white with a grey accent wall. We got a crib from a friend and bought a recliner glider chair for the room. I just need to add some wall arts and cute cushions to make them interesting. Stay tuned for the reveal!

Heart Palpitations and Discomfort

When I was at 32 weeks, I started to feel uncomfortable sitting at my desk during work. Something seemed to be always poking inside me at the strangest spot and I could never get comfortable. I also noticed my heart beat faster after consuming certain things like a cup of bubble tea. While my OB told me it's sometimes normal, I had to make sure I keep counts of my heart rate regularly.

Perhaps the next time I contribute to this journal would be after the baby arrives. How does your third trimester looks like? Would love to hear your experience as well!

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  1. I love hearing about the growth of a baby! Especially from another mother. Beautiful post

  2. You are almost there! You'll be holding that sweet baby before you know it!

  3. This is very informative for those who are expecting or future mothers. You are almost there, good luck in the final trimester!

  4. Such a beautiful and exciting time to be a women!

  5. Great content! Super high-quality! Keep it up! :)

  6. This is great info for pregnant ladies.

  7. My sister is expecting in 3 months, will share this post with her.

  8. I've seen all the three trimester and you are almost there. It will get little painful as you get closer to the final one. Stay healthy!

  9. I'm not pregnant yet but your pregnancy journey learned me something that I will apply on future can't wait to read more post from your journey.

  10. Congratulations -- you are almost there! It does get a little more uncomfortable at this point -- but it's worth it!

  11. Super informative post as I plan to have children of my own in the future ! I hear the pregnancy journey is such an exciting time in a woman’s life.

  12. Rest up! Your little one is coming soon!

  13. It must be really exciting to start setting up the nursery room, especially knowing that your baby is on its way very soon.

  14. Thanks for sharing this lovely post. It was a great read :)

  15. Taking care of these things are so essential during pregnancy. XO, Mariyam

  16. This is such a beautiful time of pregnancy. You're doing great, I love hearing about your journey! <3

  17. Wow such a precious piece of writing! I am sure you will cherish this in the future along with your child.


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