Third trimester | Pregnancy

I would like to give you a pregnancy update about the third trimester. I have been thinking a lot about sharing some info, because I get a lot of questions and I would like to share my feelings and thoughts about the third trimester of my pregnancy.

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Third trimester

It’s the first time that I experience the third trimester, since my first pregnancy was stopped at week 26.6 due to an emergency C-section, to safe my life. I was very ill, I had pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome. Our first daughter lived for four months only. Her name was Féline as many of you know.

Now that I am passed week 28 and I’m into the third trimester, like I said, for the first time. It’s all new what’s happening now. One of the things that we are experiencing as parents of the baby, are the little hiccups. This is so new and so funny. I feel the baby ‘shaking’ every time he’s having a hiccup. Yup, it’s a ‘he’. It’s a boy. We kept it a secret for very long, but now basically all our friends and family knows. It’s great to receive a boy after having a girl. We are thinking a lot about boys names, so if you have some suggestions please let me know in a comment below!

As long as the baby is healthy

We didn’t care if it was going to be a boy or girl, as long as the baby would be healthy. And we can relax a bit more now that we passed week 28. The difference between week 24, 26 and 28 by early born babies is massive. Week 26 can still be very dangerous but week 28 is much better. Even though the difference is only two weeks. It’s got a lot to do with the lungs development. In one of my pregnancy apps they assume that 90% of the baby’s born after week 28 will make it. While we got informed at week 26 that it was only 25% of the babies. Numbers and percentages are always hard to take as a guideline, because every case of prematurity is different. Since I was sick, our daughter didn’t grow well already before she was born. They assumed her lungs were the lungs of a 24 week-er instead of a 26.6 week-er. The pre-eclampsia caused that. Well whatever the reasons are, she was gone too fast and we miss her a lot now that we are expecting a new baby. We would love for her to experience it with us. Even though she’s an angel and I’m sure she’s out there somewhere watching over us.

Normal pregnancy

Right now, I have a lot of extra controls, but my pregnancy is like any other normal pregnancy. The doctors are very caring and taking a lot of extra tests, like urine and blood pressure tests every week. This is to see if there are any signs of pre-eclampsia. We had an extra ultrasound in week 28 now also. Just to measure the growth of the baby and to see if every thing was going well according to a normal pregnancy. My belly growing just fine, it’s already 26 cm, which is exactly on the curve, exactly in the middle. So absolutely perfect.

1140 gram

Right now, the baby is 1140 gram and when I heard that, I got a bit emotional. Of course it’s great news, but I remember that around week 26 he was only 800 gram. When Féline was born, she was only 740 gram. She struggled so much to gain weight and become 1kg. That was really not easy, she was fighting for her life and trying to breath on the ventilator. This takes so much energy that gaining weight isn’t that easy. And her little brother is just growing and sleeping and kicking relaxed in the belly and before we even realized it, he was already 1140 gram. Amazing news, but such a difference it makes when a baby is still inside the bump. The best place for a baby is to be inside the mom, until the baby tells that it’s time to go out.


Maybe you’re wondering if I am sad a lot? I am not. I am grateful for this new experience. I know that Féline had to walk her own path, for whatever reason. She needed two strong parents and that’s why we could be there for her. Her little brother has it’s own path too. My husband and I chose to stick together and after some time, we decided to marry and start to try to become pregnant again. Because we have been through the worst thing in life; losing a child, we have bonded a lot. We became a strong team. We know that we can trust each other in any circumstance. This is very valuable. So grateful that we are together and that we got blessed with another child. Whatever the outcome is, even if this baby is born a bit early too (there’s always a risk still), we know that we can handle that again. This time we are already passed week 28 which is absolutely great news. Our next goal is week 32. Then the lungs will be developed much more. However after week 34-35 the lungs are completed. So it’s important to even pass that week also. (Source LongFonds Stichting). 

Here is a video about the lung development in the womb (in Dutch) – LongFonds Stichting.

 Counting down

For now, we are counting down the weeks from +/12 more weeks to go. We are still decorating the nursery room and of course buying all the stuff the little one needs. It’s such a process and such a wonderful experience. I think the baby room is already the most beautiful room in the house haha! I am trying to start some pregnancy yoga soon. We did a course for parents too, to help us be a team during the delivery. This is going to be so excited, I absolutely trust my husband in being there for me in this experience. Mache is such a strong man and big support. I hope I don’t get too upset while I am in labor pain haha. I have been reading a lot of other pregnancy experiences on blogs and it’s wonderful to share this together.

So please help us out with some great baby boys names and wish me luck the last trimester!

Lots of kicks from the little one,


More photo’s of week 28 in this outfit post


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    31 March 2017 at 11:43

    Zo fijn om te lezen dat het allemaal goed gaat! Heel veel liefde en gezondheid toegewenst de aankomende tijd! Xxxx

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    31 March 2017 at 11:44

    Hey! Het is de eerste keer dat ik hier een kijkje kom nemen 🙂 Je bent door een hele moeilijke periode gegaan, iets dat ik me absoluut niet kan voorstellen. En waarschijnlijk blijft het altijd moeilijk. Maar wauw, je lijkt me een hele sterke vrouw die positief is ingesteld! Dat bewonder ik enorm.. Ik wens je heel erg veel geluk met je zwangerschap en uiteraard met je lieve zoontje. Geniet er van! x

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    31 March 2017 at 12:01

    Je bent echt zo mooi zwanger! Leuk ook om er over te lezen, wat een evolutie ook!

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    31 March 2017 at 12:33

    Blij dat het goed gaat nu! En best interessant om te lezen

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    31 March 2017 at 12:56

    Wat een intrigerende blog. Wat fijn om te lezen dat het nu goed gaat. Ik ken de spanning helemaal. Mijn eerste was ook prematuur (wel 32 weken, maar het ging héél slecht, ze kreeg infectie op infectie op infectie en daarna de rest van het prematurenhandboek). Bij de tweede had ik weeen vanaf 26 weken maar dat hebben we 10 weken kunnen rekken, waarna hij alsnog doodziek werd en we ook bij hem moesten waken.
    Oh ja…leuke namen: Pim 🙂 , Bas, Koen, Cas, Tijn…. ik houd van kort en stoer!
    Ik duim voor je dat hij nog lang mag blijven zitten!

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    A Fashion Taste
    31 March 2017 at 13:02

    super blij dat het allemaal goed gaan! Ben zo benieuwd naar je kleine spruit 🙂

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    31 March 2017 at 13:04

    Geniet er nog maar even van, van de zwangerschap! Gelukkig gaat het weer helemaal goed. Nog het laatste trimester en je mag alweer gaan bevallen van je prachtige wonder.

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    31 March 2017 at 13:19

    Zo fijn om te lezen dat deze zwangerschap zo goed verloopt! Gefeliciteerd alvast met dit geweldige nieuws! Ben benieuwd wat de naam van jullie kleine wondertje gaat worden. Heel veel geluk gewenst met de laatste weken van de zwangerschap!

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    31 March 2017 at 13:58

    Wat spannend allemaal zeg! Heel mooi buikje heb je. En wat leuk dat je een jongetje krijgt!

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    31 March 2017 at 15:32

    Heel fijn dat het zo goed gaat, ook fijn om te lezen dat je ondanks het verlies van Feline positief bent en ja zelfs blij!
    Als ik een zoon had gekregen had ik hem Tom genoemd, maar jouw zoontje moet je Bas noemen Sab…….heel veel liefs voor jullie xxx.

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    31 March 2017 at 16:29

    Beautiful and honest post! Well written!

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    31 March 2017 at 17:24

    Precies verteld zoals het is, het blijft spannend maar we blijven positief en het gaat goedkomen, leuk een jongetje en een meisje zou ook leuk zijn, als get maar gezond is, zoals ze altijd zeggen, maar niet iedereen beseft wat het echt inhoud.
    Je bent heel mooi zwanger en we wachten rustig af op wat komen gaat ?

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    Linda Venrooij
    31 March 2017 at 19:47

    Wat een prachtig buikje heb je! 🙂

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    31 March 2017 at 21:59

    Wat ben je mooi zwanger zeg1 Geniet nog van de zwangerschap!

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    31 March 2017 at 22:34

    Zwangerschap is een mooie tijd,’ maar ook heel spannend. Succes met de laatste loodjes

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    Cole Nemeth
    1 April 2017 at 00:17

    So happy to hear both you and your baby are healthy and well! Pregnancy is such an emotional time, with so many ups and downs, but definitely a happy and exciting time! Wishing you and your family the best!

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    1 April 2017 at 00:33

    Ahh wat een heftige weg hebben jullie al behandelend 🙁 Zelf mama van een te vroeg geboren kindje, alleen een stuk minder vroeg dan jullie Feline*. Hier met 34 weken. Wel een horror bevalling, maar je kindje kwijt raken is mijn grootste nachtmerrie. Ik ben oprecht blij dat jullie nog een zwangerschap is gegund en jullie die 28 weken gepasseerd zijn. Wat zul je gespannen zijn geweest! Probeer ook te genieten. Maar zoals ik het lees lijk je dat ook te doen. Krachtige vrouw! xx

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    1 April 2017 at 02:22

    I love how honest you are, here. Losing a child no matter when is always hard. I’m glad your boy is doing well and I hope he continues to. You’re almost done, mamma!

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    cieri of thewonderfulkind.com
    1 April 2017 at 07:22

    Thats love and courage in this post Sabine. Praying for my conception too. This is an inspiring read. Praying more love and happiness to your family and the coming little bundle of joy.

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    1 April 2017 at 17:16

    I guess, Feline is watching over you and her little brother. She’s making sure that both of you are safe and healthy. I’ve seen my cousins get pregnant and have their babies and there was a struggle, their mood swings and the labor pains they experienced. But, it’s truly a wonderful feeling to be a mom. There’s an indescribable glow! 😀

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    1 April 2017 at 19:03

    You look so beautiful and radiant with your baby bump and i am so happy to read that everything is going well and your little boy is healthy. You must be over the moon, waiting with excitement for his arrival into the world. I can see from your lines how much he is already loved and I am sure his baby sister looks after him from heaven and protects both of you.

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    1 April 2017 at 21:14

    Je ziet er prachtig uit en hebt een mooi buikje (voor zover ik kan zien). Ik wens je alle geluk en gezondheid met de laatste loodjes van je zwangerschap.

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    Berlin | Momi Berlin
    2 April 2017 at 03:46

    Good luck and congratulations on the coming baby. Surely the little one woukd bring such joy in your family. Having a.child at home is truly one of God’s greatest gifts. You become more responsible and matured as a person.

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    2 April 2017 at 07:26

    I’m so glad your pregnancy is doing well. I’ve been missing you in threads lately. Your son surely feels so loved not only by you and your husband but also the people around you. I think those little hiccups are his way of saying ‘hi’. ?

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    Thelittlelai: Beyond limits
    2 April 2017 at 08:22

    I truly got no idea about all these, but one thing I know being pregnant is never gonna be easy. I saw some my friends who got pregnant and have a lot of complaints with all the unexpected pains they are experiencing along the way. I’m so happy that you have finally about to welcome another member of your family. I know that you and your husband is really excited to see your baby soon. God bless always and stay safe!

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    2 April 2017 at 08:29

    That is great news! Congratulations on that!
    May you have a safe delivery and a healthy child. My best wishes are with you.

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    2 April 2017 at 08:39

    Wat een heftig verhaal, ik ben er stil van. Wel diepe bewondering voor wat je schrijft, iedereen heeft zijn eigen pad om te volgen. Goed om te lezen dat jullie er samen doorheen zijn gekomen, zoals je schrijft; een kind verliezen is het ergste wat je als ouder mee kunt maken.
    Nogmaals echt bewondering voor je positiviteit, die lees ik terug in het hele stuk.
    Het derde trimester, nu komt het echt heel dichtbij. Ik vond het zo bijzonder, alles wat ik kon voelen; de hikjes, de bewegingen, het draaien.. heerlijk. Ik wens je een goed verloop van de laatste loodjes!
    En wat betreft namen, ik ben een beetje ouderwets daarin denk ik ?; Lucas, Thomas en Samuel staan nog steeds op mijn lijstje☺️

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    2 April 2017 at 10:02

    you look happy, and your preg. outfits look great too!


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    2 April 2017 at 15:09

    Aawww, you’re almost there! Hang on and I know you’re baby boy’s gonna come out fine and healthy! Wishing you all the best with your health and your family! 🙂

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    2 April 2017 at 16:12

    Congratulations and best wishes!

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    Teresa Dumadag
    2 April 2017 at 18:47

    I hope and pray for your healthy pregnancy and safe delivery. I’ve had 3 pregnancies also. Each pregnancy is unique. Each new life brings excitement and some uncertainty with it.

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    Avril Broadley
    2 April 2017 at 18:53

    Such a beautiful post. So sincere and light, even when describing the emotional pain you have endured. This little boy is going to have wonderful parents and I wish you and your family health and happiness.

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    Jasmin N
    2 April 2017 at 21:26

    It always brings tears to my eyes when I read about your daughter <3
    I'm so happy to hear that your pregnancy is going well so far and hey, congratulations on having a boy! 🙂 Dino had hiccups in the womb so often & he still does 😀 it's quite funny, even though he's not enjoying it as much as much as we're making fun of it 😀

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    2 April 2017 at 23:20

    Everything will go better this time. You have done a long road so far and you both deserve to be happy and to have a happy family as well. I am sending you all the good vibes dear Sabine! Take care! xoxo

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    3 April 2017 at 08:48

    Je bent prachtig zwanger! Nog even en je mag je kindje vast houden

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    3 April 2017 at 09:08

    Wow, you must be getting super excited. You’re so close to a new little member joining your family. It must be so much fun decorating the baby nursery.

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    3 April 2017 at 10:33

    Whoah, whoah, whoah!!! Time flies so fast. I just remember the first time I read about your pregnancy. It sure is a tough journey. But it will be worth it when baby finally comes out! I can’t wait to see your first post of your baby and you! <3

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    3 April 2017 at 12:00

    Een zwangerschap is zoiets moois! Proficiat en nog veel succes. En vele mooie momenten gewenst ☺

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    4 April 2017 at 03:02

    Thank you for sharing your story! Congrats on the pregnancy. Wishing you and your baby a healthy journey.

    xo, Elizabeth | txelizabeth.com

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    5 April 2017 at 13:49

    Wat een spannende tijd, je schrijft er echt prachtig over ook over het dochtertje dat je hebt verloren. Ik kreeg tranen in mijn ogen, wat een positieve vrouw ben je.

    Heel veel geluk deze laatste paar weken nog, ik vind Seth of Matt (Matthew) altijd prachtige namen voor jongens.

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    6 April 2017 at 04:40

    Je bent prachtig zwanger! En je positieve instelling is mooi.

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    12 April 2017 at 08:54

    I am so glad to know that you are able to experience this journey, knowing that everything from now on is new is such a great experience my dear! I am very proud of you and your hubby❤

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