That pre-birth glow, the healthy skin, the perfectly round bump and flowing glossy hair – the magazines would certainly have us believe that pregnancy is a pretty glamorous affair. Suddenly you’re entering into your third trimester of pregnancy, struggling to walk without waddling and craving the most random of food combinations. You’ve reluctantly accepted that pregnancy wasn’t quite the Insta-perfect reality you were lead to believe.
Here are some of the most awkward pregnancy moments we experience in the 3rd trimester. How many do you recognise?
Stopping mid conversation because you need to go the loo – You’ve always considered yourself to have fairly good bladder control, successfully holding the urge to pee throughout even the most tediously long and boring work meetings. Not anymore. Suddenly you have 7lb of baby pressing on your bladder 24/7 and the slightest laugh or sudden movement creates an almost instant need to run to the bathroom. Thank goodness you’re wearing flats.
The inability to see your feet – Painting your toe nails? Forget it. Unless you are well practised in the art of yoga, tai-chi or gymnastics, the chances of your nail polish successfully making contact with your toenails is virtually nil. You may be best to ask someone else to help with this one, particularly if you have pale coloured carpet.
Getting out of your car – When did such a simple task become so challenging? Not only do you have to try and squish your rock-solid bump out of the smallest space known to man, but attempt not to wet yourself or break your waters in the process. It’s exhausting. You attempt to climb over the passenger seat instead, resulting in you becoming securely wedged between the window and the stick shift. Wave awkwardly to passers by as if everything is completely fine.
Pruning for labor – When your due date is approaching, many Moms to be want to have a quick prune of their pubic hair ready for the big day. One problem – you quite simply can no longer see it. Cue standing in the shower with a mirror randomly aiming for where you *think* your bikini line used to be and hoping for the best. Trying not to look alarmed when your doctor comments on your ‘modern’ approach.
Sex Drive Challenges – One minute your pregnancy sex drive is through the roof and you can’t wait to get into bed with your partner. After 10 minutes attempting to bend your body into an even remotely comfortable position and feeling like you’ve ran a marathon in the process, you give up, opting to watch Netflix with a tub of ice cream instead. Just as satisfying but without any of the additional effort.
Farts galore – without the same amount of muscle control as you would have had pre pregnancy, suddenly holding in those farts in front of the in laws becomes almost impossible. Thank goodness they have a dog who you can blame it on. Poor Rover.
What other 3rd trimester ailments have you experienced?