As you enter the third trimester, basically anything that brings you comfort is key. There comes a point in your pregnancy when even your maternity clothes no longer fit. This essential list is small and that’s mainly because I just went into survival mode and continued to pamper myself right up until my due date week and I’m so glad I did. Here are the things that I found myself worshiping those last few months and especially the final weeks.
At around 34 weeks my feet became so swollen that it was hard to fit into any of my shoes. Luckily it was summer in California so I could pretty much get away with wearing flip flops everywhere which is a good thing since they were the only things that actually fit on my feet! I like Havianas because they are super comfortable, come in tons of different colors, and have thinner straps which I prefer.
A baby book is nice to have before the baby is born because you can start journaling some of your pregnancy, write a letter to your unborn child, add photos, and prepare for future photos once you see what sections there are in the baby book. That way once the baby is born you can just add the new stuff without worrying about catching up on past memories.
Thank you cards
I spent the last couple of weeks of my pregnancy writing thank you cards from my baby shower and other miscellaneous gifts that I received for the baby and I’m so glad that I did. Now that the baby is here I can’t imagine finding the time between feeding and pumping to really focus on thank you cards like I would want. Get these done in your third trimester.
Do yourself a favor and get a birth ball. Not only was this comfortable to sit on during the third trimester, it also helped me tremendously during my labor and helped to dilate my cervix.
At the end of my pregnancy, everything hurt, especially my feet and my lower back. The last four weeks I went in for prenatal massages weekly and it helped me to relax, soothe my sore muscles, and treat myself because I knew I wasn’t going to be able to for a long time after baby. They massage you on your side and it is totally relaxing and takes the pressure off your sore body.
I didn’t get acid reflux in my pregnancy at all until the last month. Tums took care of the problem and helped with the heartburn and indigestion that comes with an enormous belly. These were a lifesaver.
What are some of your third trimester essentials? I’m thinking of writing a newborn essentials post next on things that have saved me so far with my newborn so stay tuned for that!