Some days, I feel like the third trimester is a test of whether you’re ready to be a mom to a newborn. First, you stop sleeping. As in, you find that you can no longer sleep for longer than two to three hour intervals at a time without waking up. This is the first test, my friends: your body is preparing you for life with a baby outside the womb.

Then, your child begins to live in the same vicinity of your lungs. This means it takes approximately 4.2 minutes to regain your breath after walking up the stairs. Have a load of laundry to carry, too? Add another minute onto that time table. Not only is this a test for your ability to keep up with your young kiddos post-delivery, it’s a fun reminder that you’ve got THAT much further to go when you try to get back in shape after baby comes.

You’re starving. But you can only consume small amounts of food at a time, because you’re just out of room in your belly. Yep, that’s because you’ll barely have time to eat once the baby arrives. Unless, of course, you want to sacrifice ten minutes of sleep to do it.

You start to feel like there’s a UFC fighter taking up residence in your belly. Don’t worry, friends. They won’t hurt anything. It’s just preparation for labor and delivery, and the recovery period that follows...Continue reading at The Mommyhood Project

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