5 Tips for Surviving the Third Trimester
Hooray! You’ve made it to the third trimester! With only a few short months left until your baby arrives, follow these tips to help make the third trimester comfortable and bearable.
1. Scale back your responsibilities
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 one bit, 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 and normally your task, delegate it. If standing at the sink and bending to the dishwasher repeatedly is too straining, delegate it.
2. Try going for walks
Considering the first tip was to help alleviate your fatigue, this tip may seem counterintuitive, but 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.
3. Manage your discomfort
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. To this I say – don’t be a hero. 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.
4. Get a massage
But don’t just manage your discomfort, pamper yourself. Once baby comes, 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 one. 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 this one.
5. Take a breastfeeding class
I didn’t know that my boobs would start leaking at the BEGINNING of my third trimester! That’s when I really noticed they were growing and changing, and taking a breastfeeding class shortly after that was extremely helpful. Initially, my plan was to take a breastfeeding class as close to my due date as possible so that the information was fresh when she was born, but I realized that understanding what was happening to me when I first noticed the changes was even more helpful and helped me prepare for what was to come. I was well-stocked and familiar with nursing pads, Lanolin, and nursing bras before my baby was born, and I was glad I didn’t have to figure out what I’d need while also dealing with recovery and taking care of a newborn. Once my baby was born, a lactation specialist visited me in the hospital and gave me personalized advice.
What tips would you give to those in their third trimester?
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