Why The Last Week Of Pregnancy Is The Worst
Every stage of pregnancy has its difficult bits.
The first trimester has got to be the worst with its never-ending nausea. Then the second trimester brings heartburn. And by the third trimester, your body is just trying to accommodate that ever-growing baby.
However, if you look at individual weeks, I feel pretty confident saying that, for most, the last week of pregnancy is the hardest period of all. There's something about those last few days of being pregnant that make them seem infinitely longer than those those preceding.
I remember walking up and down the street one day, in a daze, trying to bring the baby on because I realised I'd never been more done in my entire life.
Fortunately, that "done-ness" was actually a sign that labour was imminent. Just when I thought I couldn't take it anymore, it started.
You'll get there too, but not before you power through the following challenges of the last week of pregnancy:
Because You Don't Know If It's "Really" The Last Week Or Not
Sure, it might be the week before your due date, but that's no guarantee that it's your last week of pregnancy. After all, calculating your due date isn't an exact science and some babies just need more time incubating. Some women can go to 41 or 42 weeks. But even if it is your last week, it'll still go four 6 months.
Because You Feel Like A Whale
Yes, weight gain is vital to a healthy pregnancy, but that doesn't mean you necessarily feel good about it. In the last week, you're at your biggest. Your body is accommodating baby, placenta, amniotic fluid, and the fettuccine alfredo you just mainlined. Nothing passes the time quite like feeling uncomfortable and guilty.
But Your Patience Is A Pea
During the last week of pregnancy, I'm pretty sure your patience shrinks to the size of a goddamn poppyseed. Not only was I anxious to meet my baby, I had little tolerance for nonsense, like my husband snoring (on purpose, clearly) or the barista f*cking up my Starbucks order. I said extra hot, imbecile!
Because You're Never Bloody Comfortable
Because you've got back pain, leg cramps, shortness of breath, heartburn, and pubic bone pain. and Braxton-Hicks contractions can be painful physically and, at the same time, get your hopes up for nothing. Everything's just so damn crowded in there, and those adorable kicks aren't so cute when they're aimed at your rib cage.
Because You Can't Sleep
According to Healthline, you're more likely to experience insomnia during the third trimester. Yeah, tell me something I don't know. There aren't enough pillows in the world to make a woman at the end of her pregnancy feel comfortable enough to sleep. Even if she could get that way, the darling dear she's growing would decide it was time to go for gold in Olympic Squirming.
Because You Have To Pee All The Damn Time
You're having first trimester deja vu, but this time your big belly makes it that much harder to hoist yourself out of bed or off the couch in order to get to the bathroom. And if you happen to sneeze or cough, well, let's just say you'll be changing your sweatpants.
Unfortunately this won't improve...ever again.
Because You're Just. So. Over. It.
Early in your pregnancy, even with the rough parts, there's so much to be excited about. By the end, though, and with the challenges of the last nine months compounded, you just want it to be over with. The good news is, if you have a serious case of "get this baby out of me," you're likely very close to the end.
Hang in there.