The third trimester is the epitome of that “so close, yet so far away” feeling that also strikes during times like senior year, after giving a two-week notice, and when The Bachelor is down to six women. You’ve made it through a significant portion of the journey, but there’s still a hefty chunk of time left that will feel much longer than it actually is. The last leg of pregnancy is fraught with some very specific pros and cons so, if you're anything like me, there are a few key things you’ll definitely do during your third trimester to help yourself make it past the proverbial finish line. (You'll also do these things just because and yes you most certainly deserve it, duh.)
After all, what else can you do with all the physical symptoms and emotions aside from directly respond to them? Trust me, they can’t be ignored. I tried, and it definitely didn’t work. While it’s been a few years since I've personally experienced the highs and lows that come with the third trimester of any pregnancy, I can say I don’t remember the third trimester being quite as bad as I expected it to be. That’s not to say it was, like, a super-enjoyable experience, but it didn't render me completely incapable of doing anything aside from simply being pregnant (I should mention that I didn't have significant complications, so I realize plenty of women deal with far more).
Of course, this could be a symptom of time doing its dirty work. There's nothing like a hefty dose of nostalgia to make the past look much smoother than it actually was. Regardless, I think there are some fairly universal reactions to what’s happening during that final leg of gestation, including but not limited the following.