Sunday, 8 May 2011

28w5d: Third Trimester

I have finally arrived in the third trimester, and things are still going well. I have puffy ankles and constant heartburn, and the occasional backache, but no major problems.

Last week I had my glucose test. I know that a lot of women complain about it, but for me it felt like a right of passage. It's an experience that I had read about so many times, it seemed surreal to be sitting there with all the other pregnant ladies, drinking my sugar drink and waiting the hour for my test. I haven't heard back from my doctor, so I'm figuring that no news is good news.

The little guy is wriggling all around, so reassuring to get a little poke every hour or so to let me know that he's doing okay. I love sitting on the couch with my hand on my belly, feeling him press against my skin. It is so difficult to refrain from doing so while in business meetings when I can feel him bouncing around in there.

The nursery is finished - cot, rocking bassinet, changing table. Some friends are throwing me a small baby shower next month, which is very unusual in Europe - many people consider it bad luck to give gifts before a birth. Sometimes I feel a little presumptuous too, decorating a room for a person who has yet to arrive in this world, and it's hard to believe that in less than three months we could be parents.

Ye every day his chances of survival increase if he were born prematurely, every day his kicks feel stronger, ad every day I can feel my womb expand as he grows.

Eleven weeks to go.


  1. I love sitting with my hand on my belly too :) I can't believe how quickly things are moving along for you...the next 11 weeks will FLY by!!

    I just updated my blog...going to deliver this week!!!!

  2. Hooray on the 3rd trimester!! I've been having trouble commenting on blogspot sites, so I hope this comment posts. And I hope you're enjoying spring; it's ever darker and ever colder here.

  3. Wow...time is passing so quickly!!! I so miss that kicking. His kicking is decidedly more painful now. ;-)

  4. Congrats on getting to the third trimester! I felt the same way you do about the glucose test. The drink wasn't nearly as gross as I had expected and I was so proud to be there, taking this test for the good of my baby and my pregnant body.

    I too love the taps and rolls in my belly, but I'm still trying to wrap my mind around the fact that those pokes and prods are from an actual human being who belongs to me!

  5. Hmmmm, how did I not know that you were in Europe? I'm not getting a baby shower for the same reason you mention - in Spain those are only seen in the movies or on Friends. But that's really sweet that you're getting one.

    I'm so excited for you that there're only 11 weeks to go!!