We're 3 for 3 this week with information to get you through your third trimester. They call the third trimester the home stretch, partly because you're almost "home" and partly because the third trimester stretches you in ways you probably never imagined.
In weeks 28-42 of your pregnancy, you're really feeling all the feels -- excitement, exhaustion, aches and pains, anxiousness... they're all part of your day-to-day during this last phase of pregnancy.
More than likely, you'll get the telltale bursts of energy at different points in your third trimester and attempt to do all.the.things, which is why we crafted a list just for the occasion! Caveat: it's probably best if you spread out your to-dos over the span of the whole 14 weeks instead of trying to knock them out in one frenzied nesting all-nighter!
Third Trimester To-Do List
Find ways to extend the life of your maternity clothes as your belly grows, like wearing extra long camisoles under shirts that are popping up
Count baby kicks and movements to make sure baby is healthy and active
Purchase a couple of nursing bras (but not too many) for your first couple of months after birth
Book a childbirth class if you haven't already done so
Take a breastfeeding class to learn about and prepare to feed your baby
Get the name and number of a lactation consultant near your in case you experience difficulties with breastfeeding; ask your childbirth class teacher for referrals
Find a pediatrician for your baby
Learn all about labor and birth, including how to know if you're in labor and how to cope with labor pain (a good childbirth class teaches these and so much more!)
Start prepping for your absence at work (training a colleague, wrapping up or handing off projects)
Hire a doula if you haven't already done so and plan to have one, then schedule your prenatal meetings
If you're unhappy or worried about your care provider, you can switch even in your 3rd trimester! Research providers, interview, and make the switch before you give birth.
Tour the hospital or birth center -- find out where to go if it's after hours
Continue your pregnancy journal (or start one - it's never too late!) and take belly pics
Schedule a professional maternity photo shoot, if you desire one
Plan for older sibling care when you go into labor, if you have other children that need care
Continue or begin an exercise routine and adjust as needed for your physical changes in the third trimester
Create space for non-pregnancy/baby related activities and events, either alone, with friends, or with your partner or spouse
Heed your need to sleep, nap, and rest when possible and needed
Go easy on yourself - your hormones and your body are hard at work, so take breaks when you need it, excuse yourself from functions if you feel like it, and take some time for yourself or with a good friend when you want
Jot down questions in between prenatal appointments to ask your care provider
Keep healthy, filling snacks that are easy to eat on the go and between meals
Involve your partner in your pregnancy by sharing feelings, attending appointments and classes together, and making time to connect
Stay hydrated - drink plenty of water throughout the day
Continue (or start) working on your baby budget
Attend your baby shower! No baby shower? Keep it simple -- throw your own party and invite your closest friends to your favorite restaurant.
Check your registry to find out what you still need to buy before baby arrives
Pack your hospital bags -- one for labor and one for your hospital/birth center stay; include a baby outfit, too
Create nursing/feeding/diapering stations in a couple of different locations in your house to make life easier when baby arrives
Wash, fold, and organize baby clothes
Stock your freezer with easy-to-eat meals, either homemade or store bought
Reach out to your favorite support person(s) for comfort, fun, love, joy -- whatever you need during this time
Have patience and remember that most pregnancies safely go past 40 weeks; your due date is just an estimate -- most babies know exactly when to be born!
Need a checklist for earlier in your pregnancy? Check out our first trimester checklist and the second trimester checklist!
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