Hooray! You’ve made it to the third trimester! Although you’re only a few months away from welcoming your sweet little one into the world, you’re probably also wondering how to get through the third trimester.
Have no fear; we’ve compiled a few third trimester tips that should make surviving the third trimester a bit more bearable. You’ve got it, mama!
As your baby grows bigger, your own body is being stretched to its limit (literally) to support your growing baby. You may feel more fatigued than ever, finding it difficult to accomplish your usual tasks. Don’t feel bad about this…what else can be expected? Make a list of the things that absolutely must get done—like laundry or vacuuming—and delegate. If bending over to vacuum is too much for you, delegate it. If standing at the sink and bending to the dishwasher repeatedly is too straining for you, delegate it.
Considering the first tip was to help alleviate your fatigue, this tip may seem counterintuitive. However, walking can do wonders during the third trimester. It can help manage your fatigue, blood pressure, swelling, and even help induce labor as you near your due date. If nothing else, a long walk can serve as a form of meditation, allowing you a chance to clear your mind without distractions.
As 25-35ish pounds of baby belly throws off your center of gravity, squishes your digestive system, and puts pressure on your bladder, back, pelvis, etc., it’s no secret that the third trimester is known for some uncomfortable side effects. Some of the most common include heartburn, swelling, and back pain. Don’t be afraid to ask for support to manage your side effects.For example, ask your doctor for medication to help manage your heartburn. Kick those feet up to help with the swelling, and splurge on a huge, comfy pregnancy pillow to help relieve your back pain.
Once Baby arrives, it becomes more difficult to find time for self-care, at least at first. So take advantage of this “you-time” to get a prenatal massage. Do some research to find a reputable masseuse. They usually have special tables that support your baby bump so you can actually lay on your stomach again (hallelujah!). Don’t be afraid to ask your doctor about recommendations.
Did you know that your breasts can start leaking during your third trimester, before Baby even arrives? Taking a breastfeeding class can make you aware of all of this and more. During a breastfeeding class, you’ll generally also learn about the benefits of breastfeeding and how to properly breastfeed your baby. These classes can help you understand your own body’s anatomy better, plus help you understand how to position your baby for optimal latch. And, breastfeeding instructors can offer you insight into the best products you should purchase before Baby’s arrival. By taking a breastfeeding class, you’ll feel more confident about your body and about what to do once Baby arrives.