5 Tools to Get Through Your Third Trimester (Without Losing Your Mind)
As you approach the final months of pregnancy, you’re likely starting to feel all the emotions. Little one is now just a few weeks away, your bump is growing by the day (making it tough to put on your shoes, let alone get out of bed), and the comments from strangers are pouring in. Seriously, if one more person tells me summer babies are the worst or asks me if I’m having twins, I’m going to lose it!
While your mind is likely spinning, like any transition in life, it’s always important to start with some good old-fashioned self-care. Here are some of my tried and true tools to help you navigate the third trimester peacefully (without losing your mind)!
1. Make Time for Daily Movement
With the extra weight from baby and excess fluids, exercise may be the last thing on your mind. However, it can be extremely beneficial to your health and may even help prepare your body for labor! In fact, The American Pregnancy Association states that exercise can help reduce aches, increase energy, improve sleep, tone the muscles and may improve the way your body copes with labor. Gentle exercises include prenatal yoga, walking and swimming, all of which will get your body and blood moving!
2. Practice Positive Affirmations
Affirmations can be a great way to maintain a positive mindset during the third trimester of pregnancy, especially if fears and anxieties begin to creep in. I love Mama Natural’s Natural Pregnancy Affirmation Cards, a 50-card deck with beautiful illustrations and mantras like, “My body is safe, my baby is safe,” and, “I envision a peaceful birth.” Pull one each morning to set the tone for the day, or pack them in your hospital bag for the big day!
3. Load Up on Nourishing Foods
In addition to your prenatal vitamins, it’s important to load up on nutrient-rich foods to keep mama and baby healthy throughout the final stretch. Stock up on lots of fresh, colorful seasonal produce including the nutritional powerhouse: dark leafy greens (think kale, collard greens and Swiss chard).
Also, as your baby’s brain continues to develop, salmon is a wonderful option as it’s rich in DHA and omega-3s. Get your protein fix from healthy options like yogurt, nut butters, legumes, cheese and grass-fed beef. Above all, listen to your body and eat the foods that work for you!
4. Pamper Yourself
Just because you’re nine months pregnant doesn’t mean you have to give up pampering yourself! While treating yourself to a prenatal massage or facial can be extremely indulgent, you can also find ways to relax from the comfort of your own home.
Try defusing calming essential oils like lavender to help relax the mind and encourage a more peaceful sleep, do an at-home facial or slather body butter on your belly after a warm shower. I’ve been loving Aimee Raupp’s Organic Belly Butter—made with natural ingredients like shea butter, coconut oil, grapefruit and frankincense —to keep my belly smooth, prevent itching and combat stretch marks.
5. Get Your Support Team in Place
As women, we tend to want to do everything ourselves, but it’s important to ask for help—especially when you’re eight-plus months pregnant! After all, “You can’t pour from an empty cup.” Now is the perfect time to get your support team in place, ensuring you have people you love and trust to stand by you throughout the rest of your pregnancy, labor and delivery.
Your support team could be your husband, partner, mother, dear friend or a professional. A great option is to hire a doula, a birth coach who is there to support you before, during and after childbirth. Search DoulaMatch to find a doula near you!
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