No matter if it’s your first pregnancy or your third pregnancy, there’s always surprises in store. Take it from me, a happily expectant mother of her third child.
For instance, one of my biggest surprises was how big I got and how quick I was showing. For sure I thought I was having twins, because with my first two pregnancies, I did not start showing until at least four months, where as with this third pregnancy, I was showing after even the first six weeks. Every time I saw a commercial with twins in it, I seriously thought it was a sign from God, telling me to prepare for my precious baby twins, who would angelically be bouncing on my lap, giggling joyously (Even though with the reality of having my two toddlers so close in age, I’m not sure where I came up with that fantasy).
But, low and behold, at my 10-week appointment, when the doctor squirted the cold jelly on my belly, and gently spread it with her Doppler, there was only one heartbeat. I thought for sure there must be two heartbeats in there; they’re just super-synced! And then the first trimester screening came, and there was just one little baby on that sonogram screen. I just bought a test to reveal the gender of my baby, and am waiting for it to arrive in the mail! I’m so excited.
This is because apparently it’s very common for a woman’s body during the third pregnancy to get ready early for coming stages. This means that the uterus expands sooner because the body is basically trained to know what’s coming next. The early weight gain and bone structure expansion comes with it as well. Again, the body knows that the bum needs some extra cushion to catch up with the belly! Sure enough, with this third pregnancy, I have gained weight much more steadily than the past two pregnancies, as you yourself may experience during your third pregnancy as well.
And with that extra weight, comes some extra fatigue. Not just because of your body getting ready for the baby, but because when it’s your third pregnancy, you’ve obviously got two other little ones to run after as well! At first, I felt a little bad for the kiddies that I was getting tired so easily and therefore wasn’t doing as many activities with them as usual during my first trimester. But as my doctor reminded me, there’s nothing you can do about the way your body reacts to the pregnancy, and if your body’s telling you you need sleep, it’s not too selfish to get some rest, especially because you’re not just looking after yourself, but for the baby in the belly as well.
But the best thing about the third pregnancy has been to have two extra little persons to share the experience with. They are both conscious enough to be able to talk about the baby, to be there for fun and important appointments mommy and daddy: such as the anatomy screening, and help you get the baby’s brain moving early by talking to the belly with you. My eldest is constantly caressing the belly, and kissing the belly, and asking questions about the third baby like at the pool he asks, “Is the baby swimming with us right now?” Or when I apply lotion on the belly: “Why are you putting cream all over the baby?!”
What about you, ladies? Any weird third pregnancy symptoms you’re experiencing or have experienced?