Pregnancy, Childbirth, and the Fourth Trimester

>> 2.05.2012

For those of you who didn't follow my pregnancy -- or even if you did -- here is a listing of all my pregnancy, childbirth, and fourth trimester posts (from (never home)maker, baby!) in one place. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us at writingchapterthree[at] gmail [dot] com.

We don't in any way pretend to be experts. This is our first go at becoming parents. But as I've learned these past nine months, it's always nice to know others have been there before. Right?

We got our first positive test on March 16th. The rest is . . . below!


FIRST TRIMESTER (WEEKS 1 - 13)

I didn't write a lot about my first trimester of pregnancy. To us, it was all too new and uncertain to share with the world. But I definitely experienced all that came with it. The excitement. The fear. The food aversions and morning sickness.

Oh, the morning sickness!


SECOND TRIMESTER (WEEKS 14 - 27)

Classic second trimester style: I had the most energy and -- by far -- felt the best. My belly was still small and lots of my clothes still fit. The aches and pains hadn't started yet. We took our Babymoon.

Things were . . . good.


THIRD TRIMESTER (WEEKS 28 - ??)

By the time my third trimester came around in late August, I was tired. I began getting near-constant Braxton Hicks late in my second trimester. They continued at an uncomfortable rate (often happening for days at 5-10 minutes apart!). But we were getting closer! Who knows when this trimester will end, but it's sure to be sometime in the next two to three weeks.

Stay tuned . . .


RUNNING & STAYING ACTIVE DURING PREGNANCY

I ran my last pregnant mile on Sunday, November 6th. 37 Weeks, 3 days. Overall, running treated me well throughout my pregnancy. But walking, workout DVDs, and yoga served as fantastic supplements. I slowed my pace, kept it easy/low-stress, and always treated each run like it might be my last. Ultimately, I stopped because running no longer feels comfortable to me.

I look forward to returning to my favorite activity post-pregnancy!


CHILDBIRTH & THE FOURTH TRIMESTER


Ada Mae was born on November 16th 2011

Welcome to the World, Ada Mae!
Early Labor Through Transition
Ada's Birth Story, Part II: Pushing


ADA'S WEEKLY UPDATES

1 Week
2 Weeks
3 Weeks
1 Month
5 Weeks
6 Weeks
8 Weeks
2 Months
11 Weeks
3 Months
4 Months
5 Months


ASHLEY'S UPDATES

2 Weeks Postpartum
3 Weeks Postpartum
4 Weeks Postpartum
8 Weeks Postpartum
11 Weeks Postpartum
12 Weeks Postpartum


BREASTFEEDING

Breastfeeding: The Early Weeks
Breastfeeding SUCKS (Energy)
Breastfeeding Sucks, Part II


LIFE WITH A NEWBORN, ETC.

The Sleep Situation
Falling In Love with Ada
Baby Must-Haves (0-3 Month Edition)
Cloth Diapers: How It's Going
Good Morning, Ada Mae (Video)
Our Nature "Hike" (Video)
Happy Valentine's Day, Ada Mae!
Valentine's Day Flop

Thanks to everyone who has joined us on our journey to parenthood. All of your thoughts, advice, and support have meant the world to us! We look forward to sharing more as our family grows.

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