If you're in your last trimester and feel like it's hard work, we're here with some survival tips for the third trimester that will help you stay calm and comfortable. Hang in there, mama! You can do it!
- Run errands, go for walks, and do outdoor tasks in the morning when you have more energy.
- Stick to wearing natural fabrics such as cotton or linen that allow quick evaporation of moisture and allow your skin to breathe. Also, while flip flops may seem like comfortable shoes, they don't provide enough support. Wear supportive sandals or shoes to help reduce leg swelling and prevent falls.
- Drink plenty of liquids throughout the day — don't wait until you are thirsty. Fruit or herbal infusions like lemon or mint can make water more appealing. Fruit or vegetable juices can make up for some of the hydration you need each day. Red raspberry leaf tea is often recommended for pregnancy.
- Essential oils can be calming and uplifting. Check that they're ok for use during pregnancy.
- Stay active as much as possible. Swimming or simply spending time in a pool during pregnancy cools you down and takes weight off of your sciatic nerve. If swimming isn't your thing, walking or yoga can be a good way to get some gentle exercise. Prenatal yoga can also be a great way to meet like-minded moms.
- Nap as much as you can. Growing a baby takes a lot of energy and pregnancy hormones can send your spirits up and down. Everything seems easier if you're getting enough rest. (Listening to guided meditations can be great when you can't sleep.)
- Take advantage of the wide range of options for educational classes to build your confidence for birthing, breastfeeding, newborn care and infant CPR.
- Clear your calendar. If it doesn't absolutely need to be done now, or by you, don't do it. Your most important job right now is growing that little one.
- Ask for help. As your pregnancy progresses, you might be too exhausted to keep up with your usual routine. Talk with family, friends, and neighbors to get the assistance you need.
Don't forget to take it easy on yourself. Growing a human is hard work and you need all the energy you can get. You're almost there!