The 1st trimester of pregnancy was rough. The second made it feel like you could go on being pregnant forever. But now, you’ve entered the last stretch, and some things are bound to change. In this post, we will be taking a look at some 3rd trimester basics and what you can do to make the most of it.
Understanding the 3rd trimester basics
From resting to nesting, and everything in between, the third trimester sees quite a few weird changes. Here’s what to expect and how to make the most of your last few months of pregnancy:
All about that resting thing
It’s normal to want to stay as active as possible, but the third trimester of pregnancy is not the time for that silliness. You’re growing another person, after all, so take it easy. To help get rid of any swelling, put your feet up whenever you get the chance. Treat yourself to a soak in the tub as often as possible. Say no to weekend shenanigans and use that time to rest and relax as much as you can. Listen to what your body is telling you and don’t push your limits.
But don’t forget about staying active and hydrated
Although you need to rest and relax on a regular basis during the 3rd trimester, it’s also important to strike a good balance between resting and staying active. It’s also super important to stay well hydrated. Your body needs that water for cell regeneration, blood circulation, and to maintain the baby’s amniotic fluid.
Get creative with maternity photos
Now is the time to snap away at your baby bump. And whether it’s your first baby or your third, it’s still worth documenting. Be sure to check out what the photographers in your area have on offer, or if the budget is just too tight, have a family member or friend take some pictures for you. With a decent digital camera (which now comes standard in smartphones) and good lighting, you can create the perfect snaps for your baby’s memory book!
Finalize your arrangements for your baby’s birth
One of the most important 3rd trimester basics is setting up and finalising a birth plan. All birth locations have pros and cons, so make sure you consider all of your options. Regardless of where you plan on giving birth, ensure you’ve packed some things to make the stay more comfortable. Consider some dimmed lighting and LED candles. A little air freshener goes a long way towards getting rid of the smell of, well hospital, sterile and uninviting. Pack some comfy PJs, your slippers, and your robe for use after the birth of your baby. You can also take a support pillow to help you get the rest you need before the big show.