I am well into my third trimester with my 3rd baby and personally for me; the third trimester is the longest and sometimes the hardest. The longest because you are anticipating and can see the end in sight and the hardest because well, you are big and uncomfortable. There are some things that you can do to help you get through the third trimester pregnancy while you anxiously await the arrival of your new little one.
Just starting out and in your first trimester? Read about my TIPS TO SURVIVE THE FIRST TRIMESTER.
Tips to Survive the Third Trimester Pregnancy
Drink lots of water
Like the first trimester, drinking lots of water can help you feel better and is a necessity no matter what stage of pregnancy you are in.
As much as you can at least. If being uncomfortable while laying down is an issue then make sure to grab an extra pillow or body pillow to help with that as much as possible.
Prepare for Baby
Put together the crib, bassinet, changing table; whatever items you have left to buy and put together for the baby, grab them now. Not only will it help you feel more prepared but also help you feel distracted while the time passes. The hospital you are birthing at most likely offer classes to help prepare you for labor and breastfeeding. When I was pregnant with my daughter, the hospital offered a big sibling class to help prepare siblings for the new baby. It was a great way to help my son prepare for the arrival of his new sister and he had fun learning how to diaper his teddy bear.
Get out and move
Moving your body, even if it’s only walking can help you feel better and prepare your body for labor. Or if that feels like too much, pick up a yoga ball to bounce on while you hang out and catch up on your favorite shows.
Pamper yourself with a massage, mani/pedi and a hair appointment. Doing so will make your body and mind feel so much better and that is sometimes a must in the third trimester.
The countdown to your due date can be longest part of the pregnancy. Using things to distract yourself can make the countdown seem less tedious. Plan fun day trips with your partner or other kids, head to the beach (my go to this summer) or head away for a weekend staycation.
I know you are so excited and ready for your baby to get here, I feel the exact same way, but try and be as patient as you can. Before you know it, the new baby will be here and your days will seem like an absolute blur filled with feedings, naps and changing diapers. Whether this is your first or fifth, try to enjoy these last few weeks of pregnancy (as much as you can) before the whirlwind that is a newborn.
What other tips to you have for expecting mamas during the third trimester pregnancy? Let’s chat in the comments!