I’m nearing the end of my third trimester (hopefully any day now), and I did a round-up of what got me through the last leg of this marathon. Included are few things I’m doing to prepare for labor. Pregnancy is a beautiful experience, and I love feeling her dance around in my belly, but I am eager to meet her and ready for her to be out! 13 must-haves to get you through the 3rd Trimester!
- Pregnancy Pillow – Still a staple, and I’m incredibly grateful for it the last few weeks of pregnancy.
- Magnesium – Helps relieve my restless legs and relax before bed.
- Exercise Ball– Eases back pain and encourages the body and baby to get ready for labor.
- Comfortable Clothes – Here are all the clothes Ive been living in. I rotate between my joggers, leggings, stretchy dresses (I like a more fitted style, if I go too flowy, I feel 10x bigger than I am), and overalls: comfortable shoes (slide-on sandals and supportive tennis shoes) and a lightweight jacket. Many of the items are in my fall + winter wardrobe.
- Pepcid – Help with heartburn.
- Bath Goods – Braxton hicks always pick up the last few weeks of my pregnancy, especially towards the end of the day. Baths have been the number one way to get relief from the tension and to help ease my restless legs before bed.
- Panty Liners – Sneezing and laughing are dangerous at this point, and it’s best to have panty liners on hand. This may be TMI, but trust me on this one.
- Maternity Belt – I love this belt for extra support when I’m cleaning or going on walks. I appreciate the heating and cooling pad as well, which helps relieve any back pain.
- Unisom or Tylenol PM (be sure to get approval from your care provider) – Because falling asleep is still rough and will be until this baby is out.
- Raspberry Leaf Tea – Along with being high in antioxidants and nutrients, many say that it shortens labor. There are conflicting studies on this claim, but I love tea, and there are no adverse effects to it, so why not? Whatever helps!
- Dates – Ive had a couple of moms swear on dates for preparing for birth. Dates help ripen your cervix and prepare your uterus for labor, along with some other benefits. You can read all about it here. You have to eat six dates a day (which is a lot for me) and be aware they are high in sugar. If you are not a date person, Ive been enjoying these muffin tops, or you can throw some in a smoothie.
- Stretchy Bra – Bra size fluctuates a lot throughout pregnancy and finding a comfortable bra that can grow with you makes all the difference. I love this one – and it’s one of my favorite nursing bras.
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