Ultimate To-do List for The Third Trimester
Yay! Countdown to baby!!
- Be aware of your baby’s movements: Baby movements will change as they grow bigger and stronger. If you think your baby is less active than usual, do a “kick count”—keep track of the number of movements in 1 hour. If your baby moves fewer than 10 times in an hour, call your doctor right away.
- Learn about your third trimester antenatal appointments : You will have more frequent antenatal appointment particularly if this is your first pregnancy.
- Be aware of pregnancy symptoms you should never ignore : Pre-eclampsia is a pregnancy condition that happens when the placenta isn’t working properly. It can happen from 20 weeks of pregnancy, but most likely to develop in your third trimester
- Stretch regularly, pregnancy-safe stretches helps to relive physical and mental tension
- Put together your baby items – getting started now will make life much easier after your baby arrives
- Learn about the stages of labor – learning about labor can help you feel more in control when the time comes
- Create a birth plan- Things may not go according to your plan, but writing one can help you to make decisions during labor
- Get to know your contractions – It may help you to distinguish Braxton Hicks from the real signs of labor
- Pack your hospital bag – Even if you’re not planning a hospital birth, you may need to go in unexpectedly, so get your bag packed well before your due date
- Get more sleep
- Stock up on household supplies – Stock up on basics, from tins to tights, before shopping becomes too much of a chore. Cook up extra portions of easy meals to freeze ahead for the early weeks
- Install your baby’s car seat
- Be creative about third trimester sex – If you have healthy, uncomplicated pregnancy, you can continue to have sex right up until your waters break or you go into labor
- Call in the helpers – Don’t feel guilty about taking up offers of favors from friends and family
- Check out the hospital – Find out if the maternity unit offers a tour
- Avoid back ache – Heavy lifting, as it will put a strain on your softened ligaments
- Prepare for the birth – Make sure you and your partner have all the important numbers on your phone
- Read up on new-born care
- Prepare for breastfeeding – Get information on how breastfeeding works and the benefits
- Eat well
- Massage your bump
- Talk to your baby
- Follow your baby’s development
- Choose a name
- Are you overdue and feeling fed up, many mums swear that walking, sex, acupuncture or eating curry kick-started their labor. The long wait is nearly over and before you know it, you would be cuddling your little ones in your arms.
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