12 Amazing Third Trimester Pregnancy Tips and Tricks
Updated: Nov 14, 2022
The last part of your pregnancy is the most exciting and tiring all at once. You are getting closer to meeting your baby but it is also getting heavier on your body and you just want to sleep most of the time. However, there are still a few things to take into consideration at the end of your pregnancy to make your pregnancy more sustainable but also to make the first few weeks with your newborn more manageable.
Visit the hospital birthing rooms when possible
Labor can be a scary thing. Especially for your first as you have no idea what is going to happen and what it is going to be like. You read everything you can about it however, nothing can prepare you for the real deal. Therefore it is a good idea to visit the hospital birthing rooms when you are pregnant. For me, this helped me enormously in getting ready for labor (even though I wanted to give birth at home, I visited the birthing rooms in the hospital, just in case (I am glad I did as I, in the end, had to deliver in a hospital)). So check if your hospital has the option to visit the birthing rooms when you are pregnant.
Have your bloodwork checked
Pregnancy demands a lot of your body. When you are pregnant you are no longer your body's main priority but your unborn baby is. So you need to take good care of yourself so your body can take care of your baby. But no matter how well you take care of yourself, it may be a good idea to have your bloodwork checked during the third trimester. This is the most demanding part of pregnancy on your body and deficiency occurs often. After I had my bloodwork checked I was diagnosed with anemia which caused me to be extremely tired. I received medication to have sufficient iron in my blood for labor.
Write a breastfeeding and birth plan
Once the contractions have started and you know labor is starting, it is very hard for you to make your wishes known therefore it is a good idea to make them known ahead of time. It is important to tell people how you would like your ideal labor to be but you should also realize that this might not happen this way. Either way, it is important to let others know what you would like beforehand. Therefore it is important to write a birth plan. In a birth plan, you can describe your ideal labor in detail with topics like painkilling, fears, cutting the cord, and expectations regarding your partner, midwives, and OBGYN. The same goes for breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is very personal but there are several aspects you may want to take into consideration if you want to breastfeed your baby. Link to the birth plan.
Pack a hospital bag
Pack your hospital bag and have it ready before you are 37 weeks pregnant. Make sure you pack clean clothes for you to go home in and your partner, and two sets of baby clothes in different sizes (I ended up not using the smallest size due to our baby being bigger than expected). Bring warm socks for delivery. Also, bring some entertainment in case it takes a little longer than expected. Also, bring your birth plan and breastfeeding plan if you wrote one. This may be rather minimalistic but I did not need anything more than this even when I knew for my second baby I had to stay in the hospital overnight.
Fill up the freezer with healthy meals
When you are home with a newborn you are tired and you don’t feel like cooking. Ordering takeout is then very easy but often not very healthy and certainly not very sustainable with all the plastic. Therefore it is a good idea to stock up on healthy homemade freezer meals when you are still pregnant. To not only saves a lot of plastic, but you also make sure you eat a healthy meal when you have to take care of your newborn.
The big belly is very heavy on your body but is also very special so it is time to shoot a few nice pics of you with the big belly. This can be a professional photoshoot but you can also ask your partner or a friend to take a few nice pictures of you with a big belly. At the moment itself you may not feel like taking a picture but when you are no longer pregnant these pictures will be very special and bring back lots of memories.
With the growing belly, sleeping is getting more and more difficult as it puts lots of pressure on your back and pelvic floor. You have you sleep more comfortably, you can choose to sleep with a pregnancy pillow. This releases some pressure off your pelvic floor so you can lay in bed more comfortably and hopefully sleep a little better. This pillow is also convenient when you want to breastfeed your baby after labor as it helps you feed more comfortably.
Even when you don’t want to breastfeed or when breastfeeding was not successful and you bottle feed, this pillow can make it more comfortable to feed your baby.
You may have thought that you would not need menstruation products however, this may not be the case. You may not be on your period when you are pregnant but some women produce a lot more discharge than they usually would which may require a panty liner. Also as your baby grows, your pelvic floor weakens which means you may have difficulty holding urine and a growing baby also puts more pressure on your bladder which could result in temporary incontinence especially when you have to sneeze unexpectedly.
Becoming a parent for the first time can be scary, luckily there are lots of classes to help you to be a parent. Large cities often offer a variety of classes for parents-to-be. Ranging from classes to help you through birth, breastfeeding, and even parenting classes. There are lots of options out there. Take a look through all the possibilities and see if one of those classes is for you (and your partner).
As a baby grows, all your organs have to make room. This includes your intestines which may cause lots of cramps and affect your bowel movements. Probiotics may relieve you from cramps that are caused by a kicking and developing baby.
A growing belly is very demanding on your body and also your skin. The skin of your belly is stretched to the max with can cause itchiness and even stretch marks. Keep moisturizing your belly to relieve some of the itchiness. Unfortunately, the development of stretch marks is mostly genetically determined so for some these can’t be prevented.
When you are pregnant, not only does your belly grows, but your breast also grow to prepare for breastfeeding. This means that you may need multiple different bra sizes during your pregnancy. To prevent you from purchasing a new size every few months, a bra extender is a good idea. These lengthen the back of a bra a few inches.
I hope these tips help you during the last phase of your pregnancy and help you be better prepared for the arrival of your baby.