starting my third trimester (28 weeks)


i don’t usually like the word “perfect”.  but when it comes to my pregnancy, i’ve never been happier to hear it.

i just started my 28th week and i had my monthly visit with my obstetrician. she always assures me that i’m doing great. my weight gain is ideal and the baby’s growth is on schedule. i tell her my concerns, which are usually nothing to worry about. she always says, “don’t worry. you’re doing great! perfect!” without problematizing my tiny worries. i walk out the door encouraged. i think i’m doing the best i can, but i can’t really see what’s happening in my womb, so i need some reassurance from a professional. when she says “perfect”, i really believe her.

after my visit with the obstetrician, i had a public nurse over to my apartment. she asked about my personal and medical history and about my pregnant life. she was trying to find out what needs i have, so she could connect me with community services applicable to my needs. but i didn’t have anything i needed support with, so we had a nice chat for an hour and a half or so. the best moment was when she asked me if i was happy when i found out about my pregnancy. i guess i expressed maximum happiness with my words and my face. she wrote “extremely happy” on her chart. she said that the criteria of “happy” was not enough to describe how happy i was, so she exceptionally noted it.

the 24th to 27th weeks were a dramatic ride for me. around my 24th week, my belly started to get really big really fast. i could see it getting bigger every day. i felt a little bit overwhelmed. as i looked at my belly, it became obvious there is a life growing inside. it sounds like an absurd realization, but it felt so real. there was no doubt about how happy i was that poko-chan was growing, but it felt like my baby was going forward and my mind was making a late start. i really hoped that i was doing good for this new life. when i got too serious about it, poko-chan rolled around. it felt so ticklish that it made me laugh.

luckily the overwhelmed feeling lasted only a couple days at the beginning of my 24th week. after that, i just stopped worrying about it. i just have to do the best i can.

poko-chan is doing awesome. it’s getting bigger and it’s incredibly active. it not only kicks hard, it vibrates. i’m guessing it’s hiccuping — it’s definitely different from kicking. these days, i can clearly see a bulge whenever poko-chan kicks my belly. if i’m reading a book or holding the newspaper against my belly, it knocks it off by kicking. poko-chan especially likes to start kicking when i’m listening to music or eating. i think that means it’s happy.

so far the rule is, if i like it and poko-chan kicks, then poko-chan likes it. if i don’t like it, and poko-chan kicks, then poko-chan doesn’t like it either. this works really well, because we’re always agreeing with each other. :)

Author: yuka

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9 thoughts on “starting my third trimester (28 weeks)”

  1. You look beautiful Yuka, even more beautiful than before!!
    Seeing the picture and reading the posted message gave me a big smile :)
    And doing perfect in pregnancy is a great news!!!

  2. mayu chan:
    oh~ tondemo nai yo~

    i’m not sure about the beautiful part, but i look different from before, i think.

    thanks, rafaela.

    i really feel relieved every time i see my doctor.


    thanks a lot. you have an interesting blog :) i’m gonna go check it out to see what’s happening in japan.

  3. nen Braten iner Röhre, und wieder ein Mäulchen mehr zu stopfen…
    was für ein scheiss Wunder


  4. wawawawa what~?

    i think it’s german. this is what i got from online translation:

    “nen roasts of iner tube, and again a Maeulchen more to plug… which for shit miracles hrhr”


  5. > i think it’s german…

    hehe, thats right, you can’t understand? its a world language! ;)
    forget what I said, it was insignificant…

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