As I have now hit the third trimester (hurrah!), I have noticed myself becoming more reflective; looking back on my pregnancy to date, and comparing it to the vision, the expectations, that I have been dreaming of in my head since when I first decided I want a baby.
And whilst there is plenty that is textbook, there's been a few ins and outs of my pregnancy, that hadn't appeared in my pregnany fantasies!
It's not just a pregnancy condition, and for me, I actually had it at one point pre-pregnancy when I suspect my hormones were out of whack (the lead up to my wedding, undoubtedly the body feeling some of my anxiety and excitement), and this is probably why I knew it wasn't just "random", instead jumping on google and looking up skin pigmentations during pregnancy. So what is it exactly? Melasma (chloasma or melasma gravidarum), or commonly called 'the mask of pregnancy' - not nearly as cool as it sounds - is blotchy areas of darkened skin, commonly around the upper lip, nose, cheekbones, and forehead. And whaddya know, our good friends - our homones - our responsible once more, triggering an increase in the production of melanin, the substance responsible for our eye, hair and skin colour. You're more prone to this type of skin pigmentation if you have darker skin, so I guess my olive skin plays a role, and the scale differs between women too. My melasma appears as two semi-circles around either eye. It's pretty faint and I can cover it up quite well with foundation.
Asides from causing skin pigmentation on the face, melanin can also enhance that line between your belly button and pubic bone. Most women don't notice this pre-pregnancy as it's normally the same colour as your skin, however melanin can darken it creating a dark line running down your tum! Again though, hardly anything to worry about as this will likely fade away in the months after delivery.
I've always seen 'outie' belly buttons on pregnant women before and wondered to myself if that was a 'normal' antenatal symptom or not, and at least in my case, it appears so! But this is another one of those things where your body apparently goes back to 'normal' post-birth, so despite your innie becoming and outie, your belly button will return to it's natural state once bubs is out and about!
So well that certainly isn't everything, it's a few surprises that caught me unaware! Plenty more to come I imagine...
More and more excited, and slightly impatient. Can't wait to meet her now!
Zippity do dah!
Now that my sciatica has passed, I am back to exercising 'normally': x5 days of cardio a week, and x4-5 days of weights. I have actually introduced some third trimester pilates and I am absolutely loving it! Feels like great preparation for labour.
|Weight Gain:||Finally bought some scales and had a weigh in... If you go with the start of my pregnancy, I've gained 11kg (24 lbs), or a couple months prior to that, then I am actually up around 15kg (33 lbs) already!|
Week by Week:
Weeks 29 - 30. Less than ten weeks to go!