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Third Trimester Tips

post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hi mamas, 

 

Just into my third trimester!!! Woohoo!! I was wondering if there were any tips any of you wanted to share! I hear things from my friends all the time and the more tips I can get the better :)

 

Fire away!

 

I have heard:

 

  • Not to slouch after 30 weeks because slouching can cause the baby to get into a posterior position
  • DHA supplements are the most important during the 3rd trimester
post #2 of 11

Definitely yes to the no slouching -- sitting up straight or leaning forward can help to optimize fetal position.  If you're tired, lie down on your side rather than reclining back.  For more exercises/techniques, check out www.spinningbabies.com.  

 

If you're delivering at a hospital, consider declining cervical checks at appointments (they usually start at 36 weeks).  The checks don't tell you anything about when you'll have your baby, and generally lead to disappointment either at the appointment ("I'm not dilated AT ALL??") or afterwards ("I've been dilated to 4 cm for 3 WEEKS now!").  Also, depending on your care provider and their policies on labor induction, prepare yourself for conversations about that in your last few weeks.  Read good articles like this: http://mothering.com/pregnancy-birth/the-case-against-inducing-labor now so that you can effectively argue against induction when you're huge and pregnant and it's actually not sounding like such a bad idea after all.  

post #3 of 11

Take time for yourself.  I find the third trimester goes the slowest as you count down the last weeks (single digits, woo hoo!  5 to go, woo hoo!  3 to go woo too!  wait, I'm late!  this sucks!) and it's easy to stress out.  Besides when this baby arrives, you're going to have very little time to yourself and be overly tired.  So I try to take naps when I can, get a mani/pedi about a week before I'm due, go for long but slow walks, read, journal, get a massage, get adjusted by my chiropractor, etc.  Self care is huge part of health care!  

 

Enjoy the last few weeks regardless of whether you're adding to your brood or welcoming your first one.  Regardless, having a new one in the mix always takes time to get used to!  :)

post #4 of 11

Third trimester!! Yay!! 

 

My goals for it are: 

No slouching on the couch. Use the birth ball!

Make lots of food and healthy snacks for the freezer.

Birth plan. Also- schedule home visit w/ midwife and everyone who is attending the birth.

Get DS a doll so I can continue to prep him on what a newborn needs. All his dolls so far are cloth and I think he'd appreciate a good hunk of plastic baby to play with.

Put Hypnobabies on my phone so I can actually listen to it!!

 

I may come back and add more :)

post #5 of 11
My goal is to stay pregnant! Delivered at 33 weeks last time, so i swear I'll eat my own shoe before you hear me complain about being huge or late! smile.gif

I've started doing the spinning babies inversion daily. I think it's kind of fun and I swear this baby is hugely active on the nights after I do it. Try to exercise more. I really got out of the habit of walking with the epic heat and thunderstorms of his summer. It's staying in the low 90s more now, so I need to get out.

Try to take more time for myself and also make more time to be intimate with my husband (sexually but also emotionally) because I know that will be harder and harder to do.

We are on week 2 of potty training DS and that is going GREAT. I feel a major source of accomplishment there.

Only other goal is to go through all our baby stuff and see if we can get by without investing in a new dresser somehow...our house is too small for more furniture!
post #6 of 11
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Originally Posted by Bmorefarmgirl View Post

My goal is to stay pregnant! Delivered at 33 weeks last time, so i swear I'll eat my own shoe before you hear me complain about being huge or late! smile.gif
 

Yikers.  That would be less than 5 weeks away for me.  I'll hold you accountable to not complaining about being big or late.  :)  Wishing you (and everyone else) a safe and healthy pregnancy to at least 39 or 40 weeks!  

post #7 of 11
I'm planning to start acupuncture to try and avoid going over too much this time (last time was 41+6). 42 weeks is the limit of my personal comfort zone and my options are more limited this time around after the c/s last time.

Regarding the countdown, I like to assume I'll go to 42 weeks so I do all my counting down with that date in mind, not the 40 week date. That way I won't get to 40 weeks and be disappointed.

Write a list of things to do in early labour to take your mind off what's happening. Last time mine had some basic housework things as well as distracting DVDs and little thIngs like taking a last photo of the bump and doing a "waist" measurement. It also had resting ideas like lying down with a hot pack. AnythIng I though seemed a good idea because I assumed I'd forget things in the excitement.
post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by katelove View Post

I'm planning to start acupuncture to try and avoid going over too much this time (last time was 41+6). 42 weeks is the limit of my personal comfort zone and my options are more limited this time around after the c/s last time.
Regarding the countdown, I like to assume I'll go to 42 weeks so I do all my counting down with that date in mind, not the 40 week date. That way I won't get to 40 weeks and be disappointed.
Write a list of things to do in early labour to take your mind off what's happening. Last time mine had some basic housework things as well as distracting DVDs and little thIngs like taking a last photo of the bump and doing a "waist" measurement. It also had resting ideas like lying down with a hot pack. AnythIng I though seemed a good idea because I assumed I'd forget things in the excitement.

Love love all of this!
post #9 of 11

Great tips-- thanks, everyone! I just sat up straighter. :) 

post #10 of 11

My goals look like this:

 

Starting acupuncture and/or chiro 

Sit up straight. DD was posterior - not fun. 

SLEEP! Your body has a lot of work to do; you need your rest. 

Pamper yourself. When I was pg with DD, I made appts for a haircut, a prenatal massage, a mani/pedi... I knew it might be awhile before I had another chance for extended stretches of "me" time. Planning on doing that again. 

post #11 of 11
My mom is coming into town next week. I'm getting my hair cut, legs waxed, and going on a date with DH! Can't wait.
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