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I am just starting my third trimester with my second pregnancy, and have a 14 month old daughter.
I am tired ALL the time.
I glowed like something out of a daggy video on pregnancy with DD, but this pregnancy has, mostly, been a struggle. I got pregnant when DD was nine months old, and was very sick for a lot of the first trimester. Not pregnancy-related, I had a terrible sinus infection and urinary tract infection and was, frankly, sicker than I can remember being in many, many years.
Secondly, this pregnancy has been difficult on our relationship, although things are fantastic again now.
Mostly, though, I'm just EXHAUSTED. I have a fair amount of pain and discomfort in my hips and groin, which makes it very hard for me to do much of anything physical for long. At 27 weeks I still feel like I am as tired as you usually are in the first trimester. I am quite big and ungainly already, and have been for a while.
Summer is coming up and I am dreading it. I hate summer, I can't bear the heat, and yet I'll have a newborn and a 17-month-old in the thick of it.
I'm starting to get a bit despondent and anxious about how I will cope over the next three months and then after our son arrives.
My daughter is extremely, EXTREMELY active. She has been since five months of age when she started crawling, and I always feel as though I'm behind the 8-ball.
I am incredibly fortunate to have a partner who is studying so he is home a lot. He is amazing around the house, does nearly everything and looks after our DD much of the time. My Mum helps out heaps as well. So every day I get a nap (or two) and every night I get a good night's sleep.
As a result of this, though, I'm starting to feel lazy, and guilty that I don't do much. And that is just making me feel even more anxious about the remainder of my pregnancy.
What I was wondering is, can anyone recommend what they did in terms of gentle exercise, to relieve the pressure off the hips and abdomen, and to stay even a little bit fit? I know that this will help with my tiredness and will also help immeasurable during labour and once bub is born. But I am quite unfit to start with, unfortunately, and the thought of doing anything makes me want to crawl under my covers and hide.
I'm thinking about doing some swimming, or even walking, at the pool a few times a week, and we have a Pilates reformer at home and my DP is a personal trainer, so he will be able to help me with that.
Does anyone else have any tips? I'm starting to feel a bit pointless and useless, to be honest, and like I'm a pretty hopeless wife and mother. It's not very nice at all.