I feel pregnant

This week, I FEEL like I am pregnant.

Up until week 31, I have felt pretty good. Yes, there are aches and pains, and yes, I am noticing some significant bumping-out in my midsection but I have enjoyed the second and third trimesters immensely. Working out, eating well, and being with loved ones has kept me happy and energized.

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The bump is big, but not too big that I can’t sleep at night or move with ease.

And then week 31 hit! I feel like overnight my little bump popped out like WHOA. I now get caught as I move around our dinner table or bump it trying to fit through a doorway. Getting dressed leaves me winded no matter how many SoulCycle classes I attend, and I have to eat slower because my stomach gets full fast and heartburn is a new development too. Having never suffered from heartburn, I described what I was feeling to David in a crisis tone of voice only to have him slow turn toward me and say, “Melissa, that is heart burn.”

Then I slipped and fell in the snow because my balance is good but not great on ice or with a big belly sticking out in front. It just feels like I woke up (or was up from my preggo insomnia) on Tuesday morning and got slapped with the pregnancy stick.

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So yes…I will admit I am pregnant. It has taken this long for me to realize just how pregnant I am, but I am. Having been here before with Henry, this bump is just going to get bigger and somethings will just get harder from this point out. Oh, and David has a bunch of business trips between now and the due date so a lot of these “discomforts” will be on my own. But, I got this! Right? It’s my last pregnancy so even though I am feeling it, I want to feel it. I want to feel these body changes, savor them, honor them, enjoy them, laugh about them, and be as comfortable (or uncomfortable) in my expanding skin as I can be.

 

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