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What counts as heavily pregnant?

(46 Posts)
DaleyBump Sat 24-Aug-13 00:19:15

When do you think being "heavily pregnant" starts? 26 weeks exactly and I feel huge. I have to roll to get off the bed. Flights of stairs give me a feeling of dread, and I've mastered the art of picking things up with my toes, because if I bend down I'll never get back up.

So what do you think? smile:

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Sat 24-Aug-13 00:20:58

I'd say third trimester.

gallicgirl Sat 24-Aug-13 00:22:29

When you waddle while walking.

DaleyBump Sat 24-Aug-13 00:25:20

I waddle now when I've been walking for a while, does that count? grin

chillisbopper Sat 24-Aug-13 00:44:39

I'm just over 26 weeks (although for some reason I spent the last week thinking I was almost 27 weeks until my phone app reminded me otherwise, stupid baby brain lol grin), I waddle at times due to PGP and feel huge (although I don't think I look as pregnant as I'd like to hmm)...I'm going with third trimester as well for being counted as "heavily" pregnant. Congratulations by the way, we must be due around the same time! smilethanksbrew

Helentres Sat 24-Aug-13 00:56:25

If say anywhere from 5-6 months ish smile unless youre carrying more than one lol. Or an extremely large baby, like DS2, who was 10lb 6oz born shock

chillisbopper Sat 24-Aug-13 04:04:02

Oh god Helentres 10lb 6oz?! I am hoping for like around 7lb (as i read thats the average) and dreading the pain, god knows how I'd manage 10lb, you have a huge amount of my respect grin!!

enjolraslove Sat 24-Aug-13 04:05:52

I have a friend who posts almost daily updates on how uncomfortable/hard work pregnancy is (no health issues, no sickness, no pgp etc). I am 36 weeks and I would say it has been affecting me for a couple of weeks and I am now really suffering by the end of a day/finding it tough. She is 17 weeks. Drives me mental!!! ( I know for some pregnancy is truly awful for all of it etc, I'm not minimising that but just her experience which is like no one else has ever been pregnant _ and it is not even her first!).
Really have to bite my tongue when she starts with the sighing if asked anything about how she is doing!

meditrina Sat 24-Aug-13 04:18:34

When you're

a) vast (usually 30+ weeks, and of course you just keep growing with big increases in final weeks), and
b) you grunt when you get out of chairs because it's a real heave.

PastaBeeandCheese Sat 24-Aug-13 06:53:52

I'd say at least 7 months but possibly later when some of your maternity clothes stop fitting.

flipflump Sat 24-Aug-13 07:05:46

I considered myself heavily pregnant around 33-34 weeks. I was less mobile by that point, unable to reach my toes etc. now at 38 I'm most definitely huge and everything is more of an effort. It is the most wonderful time though, I love my bump but can't wait to meet this baby.

Rollermum Sat 24-Aug-13 07:07:26

I'm with Meditrina - I started to feel heavily pregnant when I had to start levering myself out of chairs with my arms! And waddling. Oh and psyching myself up to move in bed!

So about third tri.

NumberTwoDue Sat 24-Aug-13 07:15:30

Around 37 weeks? Because just when you think you are as big as you can possibly be, you get even bigger in ways you hadn't even imagined! (Love the description of "vast" - great word for it!)

Kelly1814 Sat 24-Aug-13 07:48:47

My husband has been using this description for about a week. I'm 33 weeks.

I think it was my grunting like a wildebeest on the Serengeti when getting up off the sofa that caused it.

MrsPear Sat 24-Aug-13 08:00:09

I would say anything after 31 weeks as I have never experienced being heavily pregnant having given birth at 30 and 31 weeks. I was really hoping that last time with all medical interventions in place I may get to 35 weeks and I will waddle etc but it never happened sad You may not feel very lucky to be at that stage but trust me you are and your baby is in the best place.

PoppyAmex Sat 24-Aug-13 08:05:44

DD was 10lbs 7oz and I had polyhydramnios (excess liquid) so I looked and felt like a whale from 28 weeks onwards.

I'm now 25 weeks and already starting to feel very heavy - I'm also making weird noises when I bend down so DH bought me one of those grabber devices as a joke; he's a comedian.

Feelslikea1sttimer Sat 24-Aug-13 08:06:17

I'm 28 weeks tomorrow and my friend described me as heavily pregnant this week... I nearly cried (think that could possibly be the hormones) I would be nowhere close to describing myself as 'heavily pregnant' but I think I may see something different to everyone else... I'm kidding myself aren't I? sad

Queazy Sat 24-Aug-13 08:19:17

I'd say 36 weeks. I thought I was 'heavily pregnant' until the last 4 weeks when I realised just how big I could become. The huge bump, the waddling, the people asking me when I'm going to drop....! x

Themarriedwoman Sat 24-Aug-13 08:21:16

8 months.
My first two were huge, but I wouldn't have classed myself as heavily pregnant until after 35 weeks. Number 3 came at 35 weeks so I never felt heavily pregnant with him. All of you at 28 weeks, just wait until 38 weeks plus....then you'll know what heavily pregnant feels like grin

Mayanbob Sat 24-Aug-13 08:23:15

I'm 40+3 I do not waddle (sadly sad ) Am I a freak?

I would say I've been heavily pregnant since about 35 weeks- when my bump started getting in other people's way and I can't get off the sofa unaided.

Themarriedwoman Sat 24-Aug-13 08:26:05

Chillisbopper, just 'over 26 weeks' is the same as 'almost 27 weeks' isn't it? or do I have baby brain too? (8 months late!)

SmallBee Sat 24-Aug-13 08:31:55

It sounds like its different for everyone, but I would class it as when you reach the point where you start to have to plan how you are going to actually get up/change positions in bed a good five minutes in advance of when you actually to it. Or when you start weighing whether it is actually worth getting up at all!

Mayanbob Sat 24-Aug-13 08:34:53

smallbee - best description yet!

PoppyAmex Sat 24-Aug-13 08:47:57

Good point, smallbee.

I've even taken to putting my hair up in a high bun at night, so i don't have to constantly use my abs to get up and remove it from under my head when I toss and turn.

Surely a new height of laziness? blush

ChunkyPickle Sat 24-Aug-13 08:50:04

When you have to stand sideways to get up to the sink to get a glass of water, you keep opening doors into the bump, when the bump is further out than your boobs, when putting on your shoes becomes a climbing everest level of effort, and you realise that you think you're walking a normal pace, but actually 1 year-olds can over-take you with ease.

So for me, about 35 weeks....

Feelslikea1sttimer Sat 24-Aug-13 08:56:43

themarriedwoman it was a long time since I had my boys, I've conveniently forgotten those last few weeks of pregnancy and I am staying in my 28 week bubble for now ;) a 9.4 baby for my 1st... I'm sure I was HEAVILY pregnant but i can't remember ;-)

SmallBee Sat 24-Aug-13 09:15:29

Poppy- I've been doing exactly the same thing! I never realised how annoying long hair can be.

chillisbopper Sat 24-Aug-13 10:47:39

The married woman I think in my case it's currently closer to 26 being only 26+2 grin, I tend to think from +4 as almost the next week.

bonzo77 Sat 24-Aug-13 10:54:15

It counts when the pregnant woman says it does! IME much earlier when you also have a toddler to look after! With DS1 I never felt heavy, though he was IUGR and had low fluid, and I got to 39+1. With DS2 I was really uncomfortable by 30 weeks, despite having the same issues. By the time he came at 35+5 I felt grotesque, but looking at photos of me waiting to go to theatre I barely look pregnant!

MrsKwazii Sat 24-Aug-13 11:04:22

When your toddler has gone out with DH and you find yourself still watching Peppa Pig because the remote is on the other side of the room and you can't face heaving your bulk up to turn it off wink Not what I'm doing at all at the moment. Oh no grin

Helentres Sat 24-Aug-13 11:14:50

Chillisbopper - unbelievably, DS2 (the 10lb 6oz baby) was actually the easiest! He kind of pushed himself out haha. I had assisted deliveries with the other 2 yet no problem with him. And he was the quickest labour too. I was already 8cm dilated by the time I got to hospital! I'm surprised at myself for being able to even carry him as I'm only 9.5st myself lol. DS1 was the worst and her was the smallest at just under 8lb. I nearly ended up with an emergency c section with him because I was just too tired from pushing for what seemed like hours.

Sleepathon Sat 24-Aug-13 11:17:05

So when does the third trimester officially start? Lots of resources have variable weeks!

Helentres Sat 24-Aug-13 11:45:15

I'd say third trimester starts at 6 months. 0-3 months is first trimester, 3-6 is second and 6-9 is third x

badguider Sat 24-Aug-13 11:48:25

It's a totally individual thing - I didn't really start feeling it till about 32 weeks (I know how lucky I am). Sometimes now 38wks+ I feel 'heavy' and other times when I've had enough rest and my stomach muscles are working again and pelvis feeling ok then I don't feel heavy.

plentyofsoap Sat 24-Aug-13 12:30:06

Im 26 weeks today and carrying very low this time. I think its when you cannot paint your own toe nails anymore. I am very nearly there wink

suntodayplease Sat 24-Aug-13 13:07:50

33 weeks, I can no longer get passed the 'D'H in the hallway without wide load comments. A bigger house could be an option, or I could kick him out till baby arrives. the later would be preferable
Cheeky sod said I was definitely bigger this time round despite me measuring smaller and having put significantly less weight on. Because of course he's an expert?!

suntodayplease Sat 24-Aug-13 13:09:04

Oh and when you have to hand over maintenance 'down there' to a 3rd party. That's definitely being heavily pregnant.

princesscupcakemummyb Sat 24-Aug-13 13:21:42

i didnt feel "heavily preggo with my 2nd at all as i had a small bump and now im expecting dc3 i again have a small bump now 30 weeks still dont feel "heavily pregnant but i guess it depends from person to person i felt really "heavily from 28 weeks with dc1 i was really big had excess fluid

scattered Sat 24-Aug-13 19:32:55

I had twins, combined weight 14lb 3oz so it was about 5 months on!! No seriously it was when I could sit in a bathtub and keep the water in without a plug smile

MummyPig24 Sat 24-Aug-13 19:42:19

I would say 35 weeks or more. I would never have said I was massive but definitely felt big after then.

42andcounting Sat 24-Aug-13 20:14:00

When you have to buy proper maternity knickers to go for the physio you need because being pregnant has buggered up your back - and your DP instantly christens them "parachute pants".

When a kind man in the queue at asda offers to pick your basket off the floor for you, saying "you shouldn't be doing that love, you look like you've got triplets in there!" (I'm 30 weeks with one baby who is 50th percentile).

When one of those grabber things becomes essential equipment, and you have a little cry because you're upstairs and you've left it downstairs. Then realise what a knob you're being, so you go downstairs and have a cake instead smile

Queazy Sat 24-Aug-13 23:24:42

3rd trimester starts at 28 weeks, so a for the duration of the 7th, 8th and 9th month of pregnancy (and beyond for those of us with babies who want to stay put!!).

MildredH Sat 24-Aug-13 23:34:14

I'm 26 weeks and wouldn't yet count myself as "heavily pregnant" however I think it's pretty personal & variable..

I am just beginning to feel heavy, like I want to sit a bit more than usual & last week I noticed I had swollen cankles- only with the aid of a mirror as its been a few weeks since I saw my feet without one.

Razzdazz Sun 25-Aug-13 10:01:06

My god!! I have felt 'heavily' pregnant since 24 weeks when I measured 32!! Am now 33 and measuring 44!! Polyhydramious is to blame!! Makes your bump totally solid so no bendage at all!!

I am 26 weeks tomorrow and I feel heavy. I wouldn't count myself as heavily pregnant but I am having to haul myself about a bit. Turning over in bed is a trial and bending down is difficult. Fed up already and slightly traumatised at how long I have to go and how much bigger I'm going to get. I was huge with ds and I can only assume ill be the same or worse with this one.

hettienne Sun 25-Aug-13 17:40:54

Definitely an individual thing. First pregnancy I didn't feel properly pregnant til about 6-7 months and didn't feel heavily pregnant until 8 months.

Second pregnancy I am already feeling massive at 4 months hmm

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