In the third trimester of pregnancy, from 28 weeks to birth, your baby will be growing and developing fast.
It can feel like time is slowing down and things start to get a little uncomfortable, so here’s my third trimester tips and advice:
#1: Look after yourself
Once your baby arrives your life is going to be different in so many wonderful ways. Your instincts will kick in and your baby will become the new number one in your life. So the third trimester is a great time to indulge in a little self care.
- Enjoy time with your friends, maybe even have a baby shower to celebrate your pregnancy.
- Visit a spa (check treatments are suitable for pregnant women) or indulge in a pregnancy self care kit. This one from The Natural Birthing Company is great and contains some essentials from cooling spray to perineal massage oil.
- Sleep! As much as you can! Even take afternoon naps if you can. If you haven’t already bought a maternity pillow I recommend you do, they’re a great investment and can really help with getting comfy through the night in those last weeks of pregnancy. I’ve heard lots of great things about the award winning pregnancy pillow from https://uk.bbhugme.com
#2: Third Trimester Tips and Advice - Make lists
If nothing else, making lists through your third trimester will help you feel more organised and clear your mind.
Here are some lists you might find useful to create:
- Tying up loose ends at work checklist
- Nursery items
- Baby essentials
- Names list
- Hospital bag checklist
#3: Create a birth plan
If you’re anything like me, you probably have your birth plan mapped out in your head already. But it’s really important to think of alternative situations (hey, it’s life…not everything goes to plan). Write these down for your midwives and doctors to refer to, that way everyone is clear on what you want.
Don’t forget to discuss your choices with your birth partner. In the haze of labour you might rely on your birth partner to be your champion and voice in the delivery suite.
The third trimester is also a good time to start learning about the different stages of labour and how you would like to tackle them.
#4: Stock up the freezer - third trimester tips and advice
You’ll find that when your little one arrives the last thing you will feel like doing is cooking but you will also be craving some home cooked food after being in hospital. Batch cooking and freezing meals for the first few weeks at home can be a lifesaver. If family members can contribute a few meals to the freezer, all the better! This is one of my favourite tips for the third trimester.
#5: Prepare your postpartum essentials
This is certainly the bit that I was NOT prepared for so I am speaking from experience here. My advice is to prepare in the third trimester. You need:
- Paper (yes paper) knickers. There is nothing you will want to do with those knickers other than throw them in the bin! So disposable ones are best for the first few days.
- BIG knickers (yes, we’re still on knickers). Granny type pants that will go way up over your tummy. If you end up having a C-Section, these are essential.
- Maternity pads. Buy more than you think you will need. The bleeding is not like a period.
- Cooling pads.I didn’t know about these until recently but I’ve heard good things about them. You can purchase Frida Mom ones here at Boots.
- Witch hazel pads. Witch hazel can help blood vessels to shrink, which can be useful for postpartum hemorrhoids. These pads are also pretty good for soothing soreness from tearing.
- Stool softener (check with your doctor before taking). Constipation is common after birth for a number of reasons.
- Breast pads. Even if you aren’t planning to breast feed, you’ll want to have some breast pads ready for leakages.
#6: Prepare your breast/bottle feeding/pumping area -third trimester tips and advice
Whichever way you choose to feed your baby, it’s useful to get prepared during the third trimester, whilst you have time. A basket containing these things can be helpful. You will need:
- Bottles, formula, warmer
- Nipple cream
- Nursing pillow (if your maternity pillow doesn’t double as one)
- Hand sanitiser
- Portable light
- Water bottle and snacks
- Breast pads
#7 - Have a maternity photoshoot
The third trimester of pregnancy is the perfect time to capture your bump.
You may not feel that your body is at it’s best but it is amazing! The magic of creating a tiny human being is such a wondrous thing that deserves to be documented.
If you have found this blog on third trimester tips and advice look out for future posts about pregnancy and parenting.
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