1. Your bump has been saving its growth spurt for the final three months.
There’s a point where you wonder if you’ll ever stop growing.
2. Which means you finally get to discover what’s in your belly button.
3. Now that you’re really obviously pregnant your bump is public property.
4. Simply everyone will have an opinion on how much bigger/smaller it should be for your dates.
5. Though miraculously your bump will remain invisible on public transport.
A study on London’s Tube by Georgina Kotjan showed 80% of travellers didn’t offer their seat to a pregnant woman.
6. No matter what gender you’re having, people’s response is the same.
7. Everyone has a list of baby names they’re dying to share with you.
And you always wish they hadn’t.
8. No one can overstate just how important it is to do your pelvic floor exercises.
There are plenty of cautionary tales out there.
9. Though pelvic floor exercises won’t save you from the other thing going on down there.
10. There’s always another weird, unexpected symptom to get your head around.
11. And mums-to-be who are more than happy to (over)share them.
12. The Third Trimester is also known as the Eat Everything Trimester.
13. And you will pay for indulgence with indigestion.
14. Yoga is great way to stay healthy.
15. You’ve devised your parenting strategies already.
16. And bought all the things your baby will ever need - three times over.
17. Before realising they don’t actually need that much.
Here’s a list of the actual essentials.
19. Turns out sobriety is totally do-able.
But of course there’s no way in hell it’s permanent.
20. Maternity clothes often confuse ‘pregnant’ with ‘fat’.
21. When it comes to getting around you find affinity with the animal kingdom.
22. If you’re going to sit on a birthing ball you should choose your outfit wisely.
23. Courses to help you prepare are more intense than you’d thought.
Who knew there was so much to learn?
24. No matter how much you love your job, going on maternity leave is a magical feeling.
25. Your thoughts will race ahead to the big questions about labour.
27. Everyone thinks it’s the perfect time to share a childbirth horror story.
Would you do the same if I was awaiting heart surgery?
28. Your due ‘date’ is actually a 5 week window.
This research demonstrates just how unpredictable it is.
29. FIVE. Long. Weeks.
You’ll go from praying the baby stays in to willing it out.