Tips To Sail Through 3rd Trimester
The third trimester can feel daunting for many expectant Mamas (trust me, I’m in the same boat!). Not only because of the increased size of your belly making it harder to do pretty much everything, but also because of what comes after; the actual birth! The third trimester is going to take a lot out of you, but at the end you’re going to get to hold your little one in your arms, so it will all be worth it! In the meantime, here are five tips to help you feel as strong, confidant, supported, and well-rested as possible in your third trimester!
You’re likely feeling a lot of emotions right now. From joy and excitement to worry, anxiety and stress, the full emotional gamut is pretty normal during pregnancy, and especially in the third trimester as your little one’s due date approaches. Having someone, or ideally, several someones, to talk to is going to help you work through a lot of what you’re feeling and help give you the sense that everything is manageable. If you have a partner, they’re going to be an important emotional support for you in the third trimester, but your Mom, sister, aunt, and best friend are also great options. You shouldn’t feel like you have to be sunny and happy all the time – pregnancy is a beautiful wonderful thing, but for many women it can also be incredibly difficult. Talking about how you’re feeling and leaning on your emotional support system to help you through the rough patches. Many doctors and midwives can also refer you to a counsellor who specializes in pregnancy, should you feel you need some outside support.
Mental Preparation in the Third Trimester
Later in the third trimester you’re going to be doing a lot of mental prep work for labour and the sleepless nights that come with having a newborn. It can be a good idea to start some of that work now – exercises like visualizing your labour, listening to birth stories, and talking through your birth plan with friends and family you trust can all help you feel more prepared. Don’t just look for dramatic or difficult birthing stories either – although all births are different, the majority proceed without complications or giving-birth-in-a-taxi moments. Your labour is going to be different than you expect of course, especially if you’re a first time Mom, but prepping for many possibilities and getting comfortable with the whole labour process will make it feel less scary and insurmountable.
I know, I know, you’re sick to death of hearing that you need to eat a healthy, balanced diet during your pregnancy (and really, always).The third trimester is no different, but there are a couple foods you should pay special attention to this trimester. First up, magnesium-rich foods like dark green leafy veggies, nuts, whole grains and, of course, avocados (hey, its shaped like a uterus after all!). The next key area to focus on is protein-rich foods such as eggs, milk and meat (or tofu if you’re vegan or vegetarian). Calcium-rich foods like broccoli, cheese, peas and beans will be key for all the bones and teeth your little one is building up, and you can get lots of folic acid from Brussel sprouts, oranges and, and eggs and beans make a second appearance here! Finally, you’re going to want to eat lots of iron-rich foods like breads and pastas (yes, music to my ears!), beets, raspberries and dried fruits like apricots.
Key Supplements For the Third Trimester
If you’re having a hard time getting all the vitamins and nutrients you and baby need through diet alone, it is important to take a high-quality prenatal multivitamin to supplement your diet. Most healthcare providers recommend taking a prenatal multivitamin throughout your pregnancy anyways, even if you’re meticulous about your diet (and if you are, we bow down to you because that is hard). Prenatal Ease Stage Three is a great option because it is specially formulated for the third trimester with increased levels of iron and calcium, plus all the other essential vitamins and nutrients, AND has minerals like chromium to help your body maintain normal blood sugar levels (which is a common third trimester problem). It also contains herbs to help with indigestion, bloating and constipation (yay pregnancy!) as well as Red Raspberry Leaf to prepare your body for labour. Well.ca has a special bundle right now just for moms in their third trimester which comes with Prenatal Ease Stage Three, plus Prenatal Ease Omega 3 DHA and Prenatal Ease’s Ultimate Oil which is awesome for preventing and reducing stretch marks!
If you have a normal, low-risk pregnancy and your doctor has given you the okay, light exercise in the third trimester is totally safe, and can help ease all the uncomfortable symptoms that are headed your way. The key here is light exercise – walking, swimming, and prenatal yoga are all excellent places to start, but you shouldn’t feel limited to just those either. Simple exercises to improve the strength and tone of your muscles are also encouraged. Try gentle squats, wall push-ups, lunges, leg lifts and arm workouts with light dumbbells for low-impact workouts that can be done at home. If anything hurts, stop immediately and talk to your healthcare provider before trying those exercises again. You can find guided prenatal workouts, including things like pilates, online. Pelvic floor exercises are also important to try out in the third trimester, as strengthening your pelvic floor is going to be key for the remainder of your pregnancy, your labour, birth, and how you feel postpartum. You could even check out digital pelvic floor exercisers like the Elise from TensCare, or go with a more old-school tool like these toning balls!
No matter what you use to manage your third trimester, I hope these last three months of your pregnancy are safe, healthy and happy! Momma’s who’ve rocked the third trimester – what are your tips and tricks to manage the uncomfortable aspects of the last stage of pregnancy? Let us know in the comments or on social!
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