There’s no doubt about it, the third trimester is HARD, especially the last few weeks. There’s definitely a few things that have made things easier for me so I thought I’d share.
Organic Raspberry Leaf Tea
Not necessarily a ‘must have’ but certainly a yummy, guilt free cup of tea that is reputed to make labour a bit easier and bring on baby! Would recommend after week 37.
A Birthing Ball
I didn’t invest in one until week 38 but I’ve found it to be very comfortable in the evenings when you’re looking for a wee sit down. I love the gentle bouncing and have heard that it helps lots of women get their baby into position.
Maternity shirts and leggings
Oversized shirts and maternity leggings. I don’t think I could survive the final weeks without them.
It doesn’t necessarily have to be a pregnancy pillow but you will need extra pillows if you want to sleep at all.
To think I had never experienced heartburn in my life prior to pregnancy. Third trimester heartburn can be so bad it will wake you up and you will get sick in the middle of the night. Nasty.
Don’t do a Kim K and choke your feet, get a pair of comfy Tom’s or whatever and take a load off. Minimise the possibility of swelling by being nice to the part of your body that is holding up both of you.
For me it’s been granola bars, oranges and bananas but for some reason I need snacks on hand every morning/afternoon which I didn’t need before.
I laugh in the face of gestational diabetes. mwah ha ha! I could not survive all of the aches and pains and working full time without chocolate.
Other things that make things easier:
*A good hypnobirthing album.
*A good hypnobirthing class
*An antenatal/breastfeeding class
*A local online Mums group
*Lush Bath bombs
*A partner who gets through your ‘to do list’ and supports you in any way s/he can
*A trip to the spa for manipedi’s and/or massage.
*A birth plan (even if it’s scrapped later it might put your mind at ease now)
*Positive encouragement from those around you as well as reading positive birth stories.
*A good doctor
*A supportive work environment
*Your favourite candle
*A packed hospital bag
*Your favourite food
*Planning your first trip out with baby so you can visualise a time when you will no longer be pregnant.