To any woman currently in her third trimester of pregnancy, please accept the most sincere support I can offer as an internet stranger. Actually, to any woman in any trimester, I offer the same. Pregnancy is a wild time. I don’t mean wild like "college parties" or "Burning Man" wild, I mean wild in that pregnant women cope with a ton of physical and mental changes. It’s no wonder that various stages will have different effects. That said, there's a seemingly endless list of moments during the third trimester that make you feel like you're crazy (or, you know, at least well on your way to crazy town).
It makes sense, if you think about it. By the time the third trimester rolls around, you’ve been uncomfortable and (probably) sleep-deprived for an unforgiving number of months. You’ve endured the first and second trimesters, and are in what appears to be the final stretch. The end is in sight, yes, but it still requires a steep, steep climb. In fact, if we were to take it one step further and use a metaphor from one of my son’s books, I’d say the light is at the end of the tunnel, but there is still a giant-ass train (probably named Thomas, but whatever) barreling through the tunnel that you still have to handle. And that train, friends, is the third trimester.
So honestly, if you're nearing that beautiful due date but feeling like you're losing your mind as a result, please know that you're not alone. I can tell you that the third trimester made me feel like my time would've been better spent perusing straight jackets, instead of newborn pajamas.