The third trimester was my favorite trimester. It was during those last couple of weeks of pregnancy that I felt the most connected to my unborn child. But this last segment of pregnancy may seem like it goes on forever for many women, including myself. Your belly may seem like it is growing outward and will never stop. But this will all be over soon. So hang in there, mama! You are almost to the finish line. I’m going to give you some tips to help get you through your third trimester in today’s article.
Time will go by faster if you stay busy. If you already have little ones, then you won’t need a reminder to stay busy. It will just happen naturally as you keep up with their needs. If you have the energy, then keep your schedule full. Go out to movies, go shopping, keep a full schedule. Make sure not to overdo it though. Remember to schedule in naps and get at least 8 hours of sleep each night.
The last trimester is the perfect time to capture pregnancy photos. Go to the beach, park, forest, or any natural lighting setting and record this moment forever. If you have children, then let them hug your belly as someone snaps your pictures. You can hire a professional to take the photos, ask a friend or family member, or use a self-timer camera. Most cell phones will even take great photos if the photos are taken in good lighting. Make sure to keep the majority of the light behind you. Taking a picture into the sun will not produce a good quality photo.
Ideas for photos can include just you, you and your husband, the kids and you, then the whole family together. Include the family pets too if you’d like. Even though this trimester may seem like it goes on forever, it will be over in the blink of an eye. Capture these precious moments before it’s too late.
If you were physically active before becoming pregnant and during the first two trimesters, then with your doctor’s permission, continue to exercise safely. Make sure to keep hydrated and not do any impact sports, or strenuous activities. Walking, swimming, running, and biking are all great cardio workouts that you can safely do with your baby on board.
Be careful of lying on your back during floor exercises. When you lie down, the weight of your uterus presses on the major vein that returns blood from your lower body to your heart. This can make you feel dizzy very quickly. It can also interfere with the flow of blood and nutrients to the placenta and your developing baby.
Nest All You Want
When the urge to redesign and re-organize your entire house takes over, let it happen. Don’t hold back. Not only will nesting help get your life ready for a new human being that is about to rock your world upside down, but it will also make the last trimester go by quicker. People around you may think you are going crazy, but let the criticism go in one ear and out the other. I think God put this nesting behavior in women for a reason. Even mother animals nest soon before they give birth. No one but you may fully understand the hormone surge that is going on in your body, telling you to get ready. So don’t resist the natural and beneficial urge to nest.
Finalize Your Birth Plan
Think about how you plan on your baby coming into this world. Though your plans may change, it’s still nice to have a plan in place. If you are planning on a hospital birth, then you may want to visit the birth area if you haven’t already done so. It’s also a good time to pack your hospital bag.
If you are having a home birth, then you can get your birthing area ready. My friend wanted to give birth at home in a water tank, so towards the end, she cleaned out a stock tank that was to be pulled into the house. However you are planning to give birth, make sure that you plan ahead.
Take that trip to the spa that you’ve always wanted to visit. If you can get away, go for a weekend vacation. Walk through the ocean shore while barefoot, or visit a mountain chalet. If getting away is out of the question, then take a long bubble bath with some candles lit or cozy down by the fire and read a novel that you haven’t yet found time for. This is all going to do your body, mind, and soul some good. When the baby arrives, you most likely will not have time for all of this. So enjoy it while you can.
The last trimester can be a whirlwind that you wished would slow down, or it may seem like time stands still. Each pregnancy is different and how you handle it is going to be unique. Whatever you do, try not to stress out, but instead stay focused and stay the course. I’ve given you some ideas that hopefully will help your last few months of being pregnant both enjoyable and healthy. This time will soon be a distant memory, so try to make the best of it.