I got one of my weekly pregnancy emails in my Inbox on Wednesday. They’re there each week when I wake up and it’s nice to have the reminder of what week I’m on now, since I keep forgetting. (I prefer the Pregnant Chicken emails above all others.) So this week it said, “Week 28. Woohoo! Third trimester, baby!”
Wait. What?! Where the f&^% did my second trimester go???
I sat back in my chair and did the math in my head…I had my 13 week ultrasound just before Christmas…and three months have passed since then…so yes, I suppose I am in my third trimester now. GAH!!! How did that even happen? A full panic attack ensued in which I started making lists of needed baby gear while simultaneously looking for that hospital registration form I received, oh, two months ago and never filled out. The weeks are racing by and I am totally unprepared and I’m freaking out! I need more time!
Now this is where the third pregnancy time warp comes in. I have two kids and two jobs and I’m just a bit busy these days, so of course the last three months flew by. But on a day-to-day basis I find myself wondering, how am I still pregnant?! This is taking FOR-EV-ER!
Confusing, no? I swear my belly is already the size it was full-term with my first baby. My hips hurt, I have sciatica and braxton hicks contractions, and things are getting swollen. These are all symptoms I only experienced the last month of my other pregnancies. But with this pregnancy they are happening sooner and it’s making the time go so slowly. Really, how can I possibly have a whole three months left?!
Oh, don’t mind her. She’s just the time warped pregnant lady.
Did your pregnancies fly by or did they seem to last forever?
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