Hey there mom,
Welcome to your third and final trimester! I’m dreaming about meeting you – literally. As of this week, I’m sleeping deeper than ever, getting into what’s known as the Rapid Eye Movement (REM) phase. Many scientists believe it takes getting to this state that allows someone to dream, which means I could very well be thinking about my life beyond your belly. In the meantime, I’ve got plenty to keep me busy. I’m blinking, coughing, and even hiccupping. Oh yeah, and in case you were wondering, I’m now about the size of a large eggplant.
I know I’ve got my dancing shoes on as I jostle my way around your belly – but how about you? Around this stage, many moms report having the urge to wriggle, shake, and move their legs – something that’s formally known as Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS). There’s no real medical explanation for why RLS exists, but stretching or massaging your legs, taking walks, and cutting back on sugar and caffeine can all help tame those jittery limbs. It’s also possible you’re feeling a reverse sensation. As I shift positions in preparation for my arrival, I may settle onto your sciatic nerve, which can cause pains and tingling from your rear end down through the backs of your legs. Unfortunately, unlike RLS, there isn’t a whole heck of a lot you can do to ease those prickly pains – just take it easy and hope that I find a position that’s a little more comfortable for you in the coming weeks.
With just three months to go, it’s time to investigate childbirth education classes. There are tons of options out there, so make sure you research and find a course that covers all of the topics you’re concerned about. Some classes may be more focused on the labor and delivery process, while others might cover basic first aid, essential parenting skills, and even strategies for dealing with typical new parent struggles – from post-partum depression to exhaustion. If you’re dealing with a unique pregnancy circumstance – like carrying twins, having your second child, or opting for a scheduled caesarean – you may also be able to find specialty courses to help make your transition into parenting a new baby that much easier.
We’re in the home stretch now mom. Keep staying strong and taking care of yourself, and me; you have no idea how amazing your body really is. “There is no other organ quite like the uterus. If men had such an organ they would brag about it. So should we.” – Ina May Gaskin (Midwife & Author)