For me, pregnancy was something of a rollercoaster. In the first trimester I couldn't stop vomiting, in the second trimester I couldn't stop smiling because baby kicks are so amazing, and in the third trimester I was so damn tired of being pregnant. That last trimester involves so many sacrifices, too. Some are hard (like giving up red wine) and some are pretty easy (like staying home from the party you didn't really want to attend anyway), but in the end, most of the sacrifices you make in your third trimester are totally worth it.
The best advice I ever heard about pregnancy (and life, really), is learning how to say "no." The word "no" is a complete sentence, and when it comes to taking care of yourself when you're growing another human being inside your body, sometimes "no" means missing a party, not traveling for the holidays, or even taking maternity leave early. I promise the people around you will understand, and if they don't just remember that they don't have to live in your pregnant body. There are other sacrifices a pregnant woman in her third trimester makes, too. For example, I let my partner take my picture, even when I was miserable, and I decided to get vaccinated, even though it hurt like hell.
If there's one secret I've learned to surviving the third trimester and those first few postpartum months with a newborn, it's the importance of self care — even if that self care feels more like self-sacrifice. Things like trading in your cute shoes for comfy sandals and following doctor's orders to take it easy aren't always easy, but you won't regret taking care of yourself, I promise. After all, you are about to become somebody's mother and babies need healthy mamas. So with that in mind, here are a few sacrifices I made that I absolutely don't regret: