I’ve been visiting my in-laws in Arizona for the past week with temperatures topping over 105. Nuts, considering there was snow on the ground in UT the week before we left.
As I laid out in the sun in 108 degree temperature, trying to relive my glory days of freedom and catching some rays while being drenched from a super soaker by my 2 year old from across the pool, it occurred to me that being pregnant in the third trimester in the summer is actually a GREAT thing regardless of the usual complaining I have seen in the past on social media, blog posts, etc about it.
Some background, my first, Rainier was born dead smack in the middle of the winter, January 14. This next baby is due towards the end of the summer this year. I came up with some awesome positives already, spending a week in 100+ degree temps.
TOP 5 Third Trimester Differences Between Winter Pregnancy and a Summer Pregnancy
- Itchier skin. By now in the third trimester with Rainier, I had multiple days where my sweaters caused my stretching belly skin insane itching. I often times had to come straight home from work and soak in a cool Aveeno oatmeal bath (yes, cool because warm water causes your skin to try out further) in the winter months. BRRR. Light tanks and shirts help to prevent the itchy skin. Win!
- Not getting to *know your belly. This time around, I already feel more in tune and closer to my belly and baby. The sweaters hid my belly from me and the movements of limbs causing ripple wave effects. Living in a bikini the past week, I’ve been marveling at the amount of visual movement I missed with my first pregnancy.
- Learning to love your body. Because my body was hidden during those cold months, I didn’t get to see my changing body except for the few minutes getting out of a shower before I quickly threw on clothes to keep warm in our drafty Boston apartment. This time around, I spend a few more minutes observing my body in the mirror and learning to love on every stretch mark forming on my belly and hind thighs. I am learning to love my “side view”, in which I had not really had the chance to observe the “love handles” and pointy belly too much. I mean, this body is growing a baby. Celebrate that!
- The cover monster. Let’s face it, the third trimester is uncomfortable. Which leads to sleepless nights and lots of tossing and turning. When you have three layers of blankets over you, you get crazy wrapped up in blankets as you toss and turn. And getting up to pee 2-5 times a night with first having to WRESTLE yourself out of your bed covers in your fog of exhaustion without the stomach muscles to simply sit up and do it (you know, the roll and almost fall out the bed move to get out when you are super pregnant?!) is a b*tch! In the summer, you simply have a light sheet on you that you can just push aside and then pull the stealthy roll and fall out of bed move. Much easier and one less obstacle between you and that porcelain goodness (or crying toddler). #justsayin
- People clinging on you. I mean, hubby… or a toddler. HA! With the hormones and changes in your body, being touched (at least for me) is the last thing I want right now. Maybe it’s because I know what I am in for once baby arrives. All I can say is I am clinging onto every ounces of non-touch freedom I can while I have it. In the winter, hubby is more inclined to snuggle his human heater body up against mine in bed or on the couch. Same with your kids if you have them. Thanks to the warm temperatures, people naturally keep more space between one another from being too hot. This means, more freedom for YOU before the little bundle of 24/7 clingy joy arrives. You know, the next year of having a baby 100% attached at the hip (err boob.). To go from months of clingy hubby/kids straight into baby arriving is overload in my opinion.
I would LOVE to hear about what I’m missing in this list that you have experienced. Let me know over at Instagram!