The third trimester is a serious test of patience, wits, and bladder continence. You're ready to meet the babe that's been kicking your ribs, while navigating the world with an aching back hips, swollen feet, and, sometimes, a toddler hanging on your leg. Reaching the third trimester and all its unappreciated glory is super hero status, as you experience the calm before the proverbial storm. It's also when you'll experience all the third trimester moments that prove you're a badass, just in case your pregnancy insomnia has made it easy to forget how truly incredible you are.
Now, I have to admit that I felt anything but triumphant during my third trimester, with either child. It's only through nostalgic reflection that I realize I rocked it. With my daughter, I can easily conjure up memories of discomfort from all the swelling. Thanks to pregnancy-induced hypertension I gained 30 pounds in water weight alone and, trust me, I felt every ounce. And though I wasn't ordered to bed rest until the very end, I still remember going to family gatherings, walking through town festivals, and wearing the hell out of my pre-pregnancy t-shirts that are now forever ruined. It was my first pregnancy, so I'm pretty damn positive I complained the whole time.
Then came my pregnancy with my son which, unfortunately, was a million times worse, I had a 4-year-old daughter in need of my attention, and I still managed to do all the things I couldn't with my first pregnancy. All the way up to my induction (ordered due to leaking amniotic fluid), I drove myself everywhere, did the grocery shopping, tended to the house, and raised a rambunctious mini-human. Something about that pregnancy made me more badass than ever before, or after, if I'm being honest. So with that in mind, here are some moments in the third trimester that prove you're a badass. Moments I know I couldn't relive if I tried.