My Unplanned Pregnancy – The Third Trimester

by | January 8, 2018

My third trimester brought with it the ‘pregnancy waddle’.

The Pelvic Girdle Pain I had been managing paired with my belly growing to such a size that people would often quip that I might topple over. Bending over became almost impossible and breathing wasn’t much easier. I would bump into counters and door frames multiple times a day. I would forget when trying to squeeze past people that I was now smaller facing forwards than I was sideways.

At around 32 weeks my partner and I went on a short vacation interstate. It was an unintentional ‘babymoon’ booked before we became pregnant. I pretty much ate my way around the city. My appetite was so fierce, I would snack around the clock and never really be full. Munching on an apple as we checked in for our flight home, I was told that my doctor’s letter stating that I was fit to fly had expired and I may not be allowed to board the plane. My partner was anxious as the staff rallied to ensure they could let me fly but I felt surprisingly calm. My hyper-emotional state didn’t seem to extend beyond irrational anger towards people breathing too loudly or tearfulness during diaper commercials to anxiety or panic, thankfully.

Eventually I was cleared to fly. After being asked how I was feeling and whether I’d felt the baby move recently, (as he performed somersaults in my belly) multiple times. Apart from feeling a bit silly as I wriggled and kicked my legs constantly throughout the flight in an effort to stave off DVT, I didn’t have any issues with flying while heavily pregnant.

A couple of weeks after returning home, our midwife revealed during an appointment that our baby didn’t seem to have turned. We would need to try to turn him ourselves if I wanted to give birth naturally. Many acupuncture appointments, home moxabustion treatments, headstands, and an ECV later, our baby was still breech. It became clear that we would need to make a date with the surgeon or find a doctor who would attempt a breech birth, of which there are not many where we live. We opted to set a date for a C-Section and continue trying to turn our baby until that date.

By our booked surgery date, I’d made peace with the idea that I would probably be giving birth via C-Section. I hadn’t done a lot of research on what to expect. I think I was really hoping our baby would perform a last minute flip…

 

…Then The Big Day arrived…

 

Check out the first part of my unplanned pregnancy story here.

 

Kate Timmins I’m a first time mama living in beautiful Adelaide, South Australia. When I’m not at home enjoying the company of my partner, our gorgeous baby boy, and our five rescue cats I love to spend my time walking along our local beaches and trying new foods from the growing number of vegan eateries in our city. I’m proud to be a foster carer for my local animal rescue; I believe that saving one animal may not change the world, but it will change the world for that animal! Follow me on Instagram for Cats, baby, beaches, and tasty vegan food.

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