LoloStock/Fotolia

9 Reasons Why The Last Week Of Pregnancy Is Actually The Hardest

By
Share
Ad failed to load

Every stage of pregnancy has its difficult parts. As trimesters go, the first has got to be the worst with its never-ending nausea. Second trimester brings heartburn and headache. By the third trimester, your body is just trying to accommodate that ever-growing baby. Taken a week at a time, however, I feel pretty confident saying that, in my not-so-humble opinion, the last week of pregnancy is the hardest of all. There's something about those last few days of being pregnant that make them seem infinitely longer than those that preceded them.

I was lucky in that I was able to begin my maternity leave the week before my due date. It was a good thing, too, because I was miserable. I began my pregnancy with a low BMI, and I gained the recommended 40 pounds. But as a fine-boned person, carrying all that weight out front really did a number on my back and hips. The worst was the thrombosed hemorrhoids, though. I was in urgent care getting them excised on a Saturday and then in general surgery for a second round the following Tuesday. My husband and I went out to eat with friends a few days later, and as I sat on my doughnut pillow watching everyone drink beer and wine, I realized I'd never been more done in my entire life.

Fortunately, that "done-ness" was actually a sign that labor was imminent. Just when I thought I couldn't take it anymore, my water broke. You'll get there, too, but not before you power through the following challenges of the last week of pregnancy:

Ad failed to load

Because You Don't Know If It's *Really* The Last Week Or Not

Giphy

Sure, it might be the week before your due date, but that's no guarantee that it's your last week of pregnancy. After all, calculating your due date isn't an exact science and some babies just need more time incubating. Some women can go to 41 or 42 weeks. My mom was 17 days late with my brother. Seventeen. Days. Granted, that was the '80s — I'm pretty sure they don't let you go that long anymore.

Because You Feel Like A Beluga

Yes, weight gain is vital to a healthy pregnancy, but that doesn't mean you necessarily feel good about it. In the last week, you're at your biggest. Your body is accommodating baby, placenta, amniotic fluid, and the fettuccine alfredo you just mainlined. Nothing passes the time quite like feeling uncomfortable and guilty.

Because Your Patience Is A Pea

Giphy

When we kids were growing up, my mom used to explain that sometimes her patience was a watermelon and sometimes it was a pea. During the last week of pregnancy, I'm pretty sure your patience shrinks to the size of a goddamn poppyseed. Not only was I anxious to meet my baby, I had little tolerance for nonsense, like my husband snoring (on purpose, clearly) or the barista f*cking up my Starbucks order. I said extra hot, imbecile!

Ad failed to load

Because You Probably Have Hemorrhoids

According to BabyCenter, a combination of a growing uterus, constipation, and an increase in progesterone during the third trimester make you especially susceptible to hemorrhoids. The itchy protuberance from your rectum will have you not only seriously questioning your life choices, but wondering how in the hell you're going to push a baby out over it.

Because People Won't Leave You Alone

Giphy

If you're in the last weeks of pregnancy, get ready for "ready to pop" comments and attempts to grope your belly by strangers. Your loved ones won't be much better. If you're at all late, everyone from your mother to your high school lab partner will be messaging you to find out if you've had that baby yet. Still pregnant, guys. Thanks for the reminder.

Because You're Wildly Uncomfortable

It's not just hemorrhoids, folks. You may also experience (drumroll, please), back pain, leg cramps, shortness of breath, heartburn, and pubic bone pain. Braxton-Hicks contractions can be painful physically and, at the same time, get your hopes up for nothing. Everything's just so damn crowded in there, and those adorable kicks aren't so cute when they're aimed at your rib cage.

Ad failed to load

Because You Can't Sleep

Giphy

According to Healthline, you're more likely to experience insomnia during the third trimester. Yeah, tell me something I don't know. There aren't enough pillows in the world to make a woman at the end of her pregnancy feel comfortable enough to sleep. Even if she could get that way, the darling dear she's growing would decide it was time to go for gold in Olympic Squirming.

Because You Have To Pee All The Damn Time

You're having first trimester deja vu, but this time your big belly makes it that much harder to hoist yourself out of bed or off the couch in order to get to the bathroom. And if you happen to sneeze or cough, well, let's just say you'll be changing your sweatpants.

Because You're Just So Over It

Giphy

Earlier in your pregnancy, even with the rough parts, there's so much to be excited about. By the end, though, and with the challenges of the last nine months compounded, you just want it to be over with. The good news is, if you have a serious case of "get this baby out of me," you're likely very close to the end. Hang in there, and have a cookie.

Check out Romper's new video series, Romper's Doula Diaries:

Watch full episodes of Romper's Doula Diaries on Facebook Watch.

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

Being A Dog Parent Prepared Me For Having A Baby, Really

I’ve always wanted kids; I was never as sure about raising a puppy. Then I spent six months living with someone who brought home an eight-week-old golden retriever puppy, and I see no way to make it out of that experience claiming not to love dogs. I…
By Heather Caplan

20 Of The Most Popular Unisex Names Of All Time, That You'll Be Hearing More Of For Sure

You might think of unisex names as a fairly recent trend, but the truth is these versatile monikers have been commonly used throughout history (well, some more commonly than others). That's why the team over at Names.org recently compiled a list of t…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

How To Have A Date Night With No Babysitter, Because It's Easier Than You Think

After having children, many couples feel that their love lives immediately go out the window, but it's so important to make your romantic life a priority so both you and your partner can be the best versions of yourselves you can be. As we all know, …
By Abi Berwager Schreier

9 Ways Baby No. 3 Made My Family Feel Complete

My husband and I decided to have another baby right after we got married and, well, we had no idea what we were getting into. I got pregnant right away, endured a high-risk pregnancy, and, before I knew it, my third baby had arrived. Together, we emb…
By Steph Montgomery

8 Stereotypes About New Dads That Are *Totally* True

Much like new mothers, new fathers have a lot on their plate. Parenting can be scary and complex, especially at first and regardless of your gender. People want to do right by their kids, after all. And since all new parents are a hot mess, dads are …
By Priscilla Blossom

8 Differences Between Being Pregnant In Your 20s Vs 30s, According To Science

Whether you're planning a pregnancy, or just thinking about your future family, it's typical to think about things like child-spacing, how many kids you want, and when to start trying to conceive. When making your pro/con list, you might also conside…
By Steph Montgomery

16 Moms Share Remedies For Their Most Intense Chocolate Cravings During Pregnancy

For better or worse, pregnancy is usually synonymous with odd cravings. Sure, there are the stereotypical combos like pickles and ice cream that plague gestating women the world over, but there are other mind-boggling combinations, too, including but…
By Candace Ganger

Putting Sunscreen On Your Kid Doesn't Have To Be A Fight — Here's How To Do It

I am almost translucent, so me and sunscreen are basically besties at this point. Even though my children are beautifully deep brown thanks to my husband's genetics, I still slather them like biscuits being buttered because I refuse to take risks wit…
By Cat Bowen

7 Things A Mom Really Means When She Says She Doesn't Want Anything On Mother's Day

Every year my family asks me what I want for Mother's Day, and every single year I tell them the same thing: Nothing. So, by now, they know that when I say "nothing" I absolutely do not mean "nothing." In fact, there are more than a few things a mom …
By Candace Ganger

19 Moms Share The Way They Cured Their Pregnancy Comfort Food Cravings

I was obnoxiously sick during the first trimester with, "lucky" for me, both of my pregnancies. For the first three months I lived on saltines, lemonade, and fresh bread. Once I was able to eat, however, all I wanted was savory and sweet comfort food…
By Dina Leygerman

8 Fascinating Facts About Babies Born In May, The Luckiest Month Of All

The height of all things fresh and springy, May is an excellent month to have a baby. It's a time of growth, graduations, and outdoor celebrations. And these fascinating facts about May babies will give you more reasons than ever to appreciate childr…
By Lindsay E. Mack

I Used To Judge Formula-Feeding Moms — Until I Became One

The other patrons in the hip Brooklyn restaurant probably couldn’t care less what I was feeding my baby, but I’ll always remember the shame I felt as I quickly mixed up his bottle of formula in front of them. I admitted to my childless friend that I …
By Katherine Martinelli

7 White Lies It’s Necessary To Tell To Keep Your Relationship Healthy

Telling lots of lies typically isn't associated with a healthy, strong, lasting relationship, and that's still certainly true, but not all lies are exactly the same. Though you've probably heard from someone at least once or twice that the lie they t…
By Lauren Schumacker

The Skinny Jeans That Saved Me Postpartum

Accepting my post-pregnancy body is hands-down one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. It’s something that I still work on every single day. During my first pregnancy, I was 20 years old, so I managed to bounce back quickly. In fact, I dropp…
By Allison Cooper

7 Ways Your Baby Is Trying To Say They Feel Safe

In those first weeks of new motherhood, it can feel like you need an interpreter for your newborn. With their limited means of communication, figuring out what message your baby is trying to get across to you can be a challenge. With time, however, y…
By Kimmie Fink

Here's Why Dogs Are Obsessed With Babies' Poop, According To Science

Most family dogs seem to understand babies, and they're more than happy to make friends with the newest member of the pack. It's adorable... for the most part and until you go to change your little one's diaper. Suddenly, you're wondering why dogs ar…
By Lindsay E. Mack

6 Signs You're Meant To Have A Big Age Gap Between Kids

There's a five year age difference between my two children, to the day. Their age gap wasn't planned but, for a variety of reasons, works well for our family. And since I was so focused on having a second baby, I totally overlooked the signs that wou…
By Candace Ganger

13 Unique (& Totally Not Mainstream) Mother's Day Gifts For The Hipster Mom

Hipsters thrive on being outside the norm and not really digging anything considered "mainstream." Whether it's in their fashion, what music they listen to, the books they read, or how they enjoy beverages, there's just something that makes them dist…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

Here's How To Introduce Your Pet To Your Baby & Make Everything As Calm As Possible

Our home, which we lovingly refer to as “the funny farm,” is filled with four-legged family members. We have two crazy beagles and two cat jerks, and boy are they loved and spoiled. (As they should be.) But we are now finally having a baby of our own…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

Here's The Right Birth Method For You, According To Your Zodiac Sign

If you're pregnant, you've probably given childbirth some serious thought. Some moms-to-be prepare a meticulous birth plan, while others are comfortable just going with the flow. And me? Well, I made a plan... but that plan was useless when faced wit…
By Steph Montgomery

My Dog Knew I Was Pregnant Before My Family Did

Growing up, I was 100 percent sure I'd be a mom one day. To a dog, that is. My baby plans came later. And once my husband and I were sure we wanted both a dog and a baby, we'd add to our joint dog-and-baby name list over Sunday brunch or on date nigh…
By Melissa Mills
)}