Pregnancy Survival Guide: The Third Trimester
Welcome to the Third Trimester of pregnancy! You have entered the home stretch and as the weeks fly by you are getting ever closer to meeting your baby. No doubt you are bursting with excitement, probably getting pretty uncomfortable and perhaps a little anxious about how best to prepare. These are all perfectly normal feelings, writes Sinead O'Moore.
Read about the first trimester here, and the second trimester here.
Here are ten things to get you through the third trimester of pregnancy.
If you haven’t already started, now is the time to make a list and start ticking off all your labour and newborn baby essentials. From your first trip down the baby aisle in your local supermarket to navigating the endless buggy, cot, bouncer decisions, the list can add up quickly. But don’t fret, we can help you narrow down your list here or by asking moms in our eumom facebook page.
Start small and remember you’re never too far from a shop if you really do forget something essential.
Without even realising it you could be carrying tension as your due date draws closer. It’s an anxious time and reflexology can help you relax, eliminate toxins, sleep better, boost your immune system and can even induce labour naturally. Three sessions (one per week) leading up to my due date was an essential part of the countdown. With labour kicking off just one day after my due date, I am a firm believer in the powers of reflexology.
3. Learn Together
The third trimester forces you to accept certain realities… like labour. We all hear how painful and challenging it can be, but actually, it’s this fear which can often create more tension in our bodies. By attending antenatal classes with your partner you can begin to appreciate what your body is capable of, learn techniques to manage the pain and better prepare your partner to be the best support possible.
As well as the free HSE antenatal classes, I took a wonderful class led by our eumom expert Clare Boyle. Let's just say, that after her antenatal class, I felt like a superhero and with her guidance, my husband and I were able to make informed decisions throughout the birth.
4. Maternity Leave Prep
There are few transitions in a woman’s career that are as daunting as Maternity Leave. Your best bet to help enjoy this adjustment is to sort out the nitty gritty early on and you’ll walk away cool, calm and collected.
It’s insane, intense and impossible to hold back. So go with it. For me, nesting was a welcome distraction and time killer in those last few days and in fact, my labour didn’t begin until the final item on my nesting list was complete. It was like my body simply wouldn’t let go until every last job was done. The re-organisation of my earring collection, however, was entirely hormone fuelled and completely unnecessary.
6. Date Night
Babymoon or simply popping to your local restaurant for a meal, plan some time with your partner. When it comes to it, you might feel too tired, too enormous or too not bothered to step outside the door but trust me, you’ll look back and wish you took full advantage of this precious freedom. Read more sex and relationship advice here.
7. Hospital Bag
It’s clichéd at this point, but preparing your hospital bag is an essential third trimester step. But as I figured out… you need to actually pack four bags. Yep, who knew.
- One for the pre-labour and delivery room
- One for you and baby in the postnatal ward
- One in case you need to stay longer than expected in hospital
- One for your partner
You are warned not to bring too much, but what if you don’t have something you need. Follow our hospital bag checklist and you’ll be all set.
8. Pilates Ball
Help your baby make its way closer to the exit sign by bouncing on a Pilates ball as regularly as you can. They are also brilliant for helping you relieve an aching back and hips, can allow you to do light exercise and relieve the pressure often experienced in the final weeks while sitting down. Proven to help baby get into the optimum position for birth and also help you manage your labour pains. Brilliant!
Towards the end of your pregnancy, you’ll spend a lot of time peeing into tiny cups! But these check-ups are not only essential for monitoring the health of you and your baby but also for your peace of mind. From knowing if baby is breech to ensuring your blood pressure is at a healthy level, these appointments are absolutely essential.
Accept it, ask for it and lean upon it. Seek out those who make you feel strong, capable, loved and celebrated. Be ruthlessly protective of your positivity. Everyone’s got a horror story to share, thanks to overinflated Chinese whispers. Ignore them and steer clear of those who are sharing them. Right now you are in a bubble of love and the only thing that is going to burst is your waters!
Have you got any more tips for the third trimester of pregnancy? Let us know in the comments!