The third trimester — the final stretch of pregnancy — the ultimate stretch of the human body. Your belly is so taught it feels like it might pop, your swollen feet also feel pregnant and your breasts feel like overfilled water balloons. It’s hard to ignore all those aches and pains; but luckily this marathon has a pretty amazing finish line. Take a moment to laugh at all of your woes with this list of third trimester truths.
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1. You wear mismatched shoes because, you know, you can’t see your feet.
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2. Those sweet little baby flutters become sucker punches to your bladder.
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3. You need a third party to shave your legs (or you just skip it all together; out of sight, out of mind)
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4. You crank to AC up so high even the dog needs a sweater. And you’re still hot!
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5. You distinctly waddle like the mama duck you’re about to become.
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6. You feel like a new breed of animal – a cross between an elephant and a whale — a whalelephant!
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7. You feel a constant breeze on your exposed belly since you’ve outgrown all of your maternity wear.
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8. You can’t go out to eat because your belly won’t fit in a booth.
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9. You consider delving into your stockpile of diapers for personal use (the need to pee is real, folks!).
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10. Flip flops are your feet’s uniform because you can no longer fit into your regular shoes (and you can’t put them on anyway — see #1).
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11. Even flip flops might be too much of an effort. The phrase “barefoot and pregnant” now has new meaning.
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12. Even the no-show second trimesters have a belly that is a beacon for constant touches by friends and strangers alike.
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13. Your fitness coach suggests you skip the stairs and start taking the elevator.
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14. People start to say. “Looks like you’ll have that baby any day now,” every day, even when your due date is weeks away.
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15. You no longer fear those 2 a.m. feedings because you’re pretty sure you’ll get more sleep than you do now.
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