You’re coming down the home stretch now, in the third and final trimester of your pregnancy. Soon you will have a squishy baby to snuggle! Keep your mind’s eye focused on the prize at the end, because you probably feel about 150% ready to give birth right now. Ready for this trimester’s checklist? Read on!
Third Trimester Pregnancy Checklist:
- Fight the Pain: If something doesn’t feel right, ask your doctor. Genevieve from Massachusetts says, “Round ligament pain in the third trimester is not just something you have to suffer with. There are things to help the pain: Use a stretchy waist binder on your lower hips while you are being active, don’t push yourself, sit on a yoga ball, get help from someone when you sit up from a laying position, and look into physical therapy.”
- Say No: If you don’t feel up to spending time with friends or other plans, it is okay to say no and reschedule. This goes for any trimester but is especially important for your last weeks, when you might be feeling very tired. Also, don’t feel bad about defending your belly from people who want to touch it.
- Rest More: Take naps when you want them, go to bed early, and get as much rest as you can. Pippa from the U.K. says, “It seems at the time like you’re wasting time you could be prepping for the baby but it is so vital to rest, especially if you end up in a labor marathon for hours!”
- Pamper Yourself: Terra from TX says, “Enjoy the glow! In your last trimester, buy some makeup and go get pampered. Your feet are swelling. You’re aching. Go get a mani/pedi and have your hair washed at a salon.”
- Finalize Your Birth Plan: Work with your OB/GYN, midwife, or doula to finalize your birth plan details. What are your decisions about epidurals, membrane sweeps, induction, and other interventions? Be open to a plan B or things not going exactly how you expect.
- Remember What EDD Means: Back in the first trimester, your provider calculated an estimated due date. Remember that this is an estimate. The EDD gives you a rough idea of when to expect your baby, not an expiration date. Keep in touch with your provider if you are concerned. (Read more on due dates and term definitions here).
You might think the journey’s over once the baby is here, but next up is a checklist for the fourth trimester. It’s a time of adjustment as you and your new addition get to know each other. Stay tuned for our next post.
What advice can you add? What words of wisdom would have made your third trimester easier?