My husband keeps referring to having three more months to go...as in three more months for my belly to get bigger, three more months of being out of breath, etc. I keep reminding him that we are now in the countdown of less than three months. Maybe it doesn't sound like a big difference, but it makes all of the difference to me. Two and a half months more of each little thing doesn't sound as HARD as three months sound. Especially when it comes to meeting my new baby. The shorter sounding the wait, the better.
So. The third trimester. I've been hearing about all of the super uncomfortable things that await me for a while. Here's what I have going on so far: Backaches--they have been around for quite a while, so this isn't new to the trimester. Nosebleeds were part of the late second trimester, but I haven't had one in a while. That's good-they are disconcerting.... My bladder seems to have shrunk, so I have a lot more peeing going on than before. Since this is something I didn't experience at the beginning of my pregnancy, I won't complain. Shortness of breath--this comes on after a very small amount of exertion, but it resolves itself pretty quickly. The worst thing so far seems to be swollen ankles, feet and (sometimes) hands. This is a huge pain, by far my biggest complaint. For one thing, I really used to like my ankles. Now, they are only a memory. For another thing, I hate feeling like I am walking on sponges. Blech. I have tried lots of different methods to keep the swelling down and it seems like the only thing I can really do is to alternate periods of activity with periods of sitting with my feet up. This makes the work day kind of awkward. I'm pretty sure the swelling started last week when there were a few unseasonably hot days and the inside of the office was sweltering. The last couple of days have been more moderate and it doesn't seem so bad. Today I did some yard work with my husband and later stood at the ironing board for about an hour. That was followed by a shift at work where I had to sit at the high counter chair without being able to put my feet up at all. The feet are swollen, but they don't feel all squishy, and they don't tingle up to my knees like before. Looks like progress, but I dread another heat wave.
Why am I writing about all of these complaints? I don't really mean them as complaints--more like documentation of my current state. Besides, if anything gets worse, I'll be able to look back here and get a sense of how long it has been going on.
Anybody out there with thoughts on how to get my ankles back?