Third Trimester Pregnancy Essentials

Third Trimester Essentials

I put together pregnancy essentials for the first and second trimester here and here so I thought I’d share with you my third trimester essentials too.

I’m now just 2 weeks from our due date and it really has gone so fast! I actually can’t believe that after years of trying and waiting we are finally going to have our baby in just a few more days!

I had pretty stressful and sickness filled first and second trimesters – but the sickness finally started to ease up a bit during this final stretch, I’m on maternity leave so no more commuting into the office, and so I’ve been really enjoying this trimester.

Well aside from constantly needing the loo and feeling super heavy in this heat!

Baby Theo is moving around all the time and it’s so lovely to feel him in there – I feel so connected to him already (even if it does freak me out a little when you see a foot poking out!)

Here are the third-trimester essentials I swear by:

Third Trimester Essentials

1. Raspberry Leaf Tea

My midwife suggested starting to drink raspberry leaf tea from 34 weeks onwards.

It’s thought that drinking raspberry leaf tea can help to strengthen the uterus wall, with the potential benefit of speeding up labour.

I picked up this Heath & Heather brand from Holland & Barrett and I’m loving it.

It’s a really lovely blend that’s not too strong. I like to leave the teabag to steep for at least five minutes to get a really nice colour and flavour.

I’ve also been making up a big jug of this then putting it in a glass bottle in the fridge to drink cold – it’s really refreshing when the weather is hot.

2. Exercise/ Birthing Ball

When I went into labour with Lily I felt a lot of the initial pain and discomfort in my back.Β The exercise/ birthing ball really helped ease that uncomfortableness.

I’m likely to use it throughout the first stage of this labour too – gentle bouncing can help speed up contractions and ease any lower back pain.

We picked this one up from Argos for super cheap.

I’ve been using mine now to sit on in the evenings – it’s much more comfortable than lounging on the sofa. Plus leaning forward on the ball helps to relax and opens up your hips. It eases a lot of strain on my back which is definitely suffering from the extra weight at the moment too.

3. Slip-onΒ sandals

Being pregnant in the Summer has both pros and cons – a definite pro is that the weather is nice enough to wear sandals rather than trying to bend to put on boots or lace up trainers!

I had Lily in the winter and honestly struggled so much to get my boots on and off.

This time around I’m living in comfortable, flat, slip-on sandals – especially as my feet have been feeling a little swollen the past few days.

I’m wearing a couple of old pairs but I’m really lusting after these Hoxton sandals from Office *hint hint Scott*

4. Snacks

My appetite has been all over the place during the third trimester.

One day I feel like I’m starving and can’t get enough food – the next I’m feeling full before I’ve even eaten anything. The heat plays a big part of that too – when I’m hot I don’t feel like eating very much at all but I’m conscious that I need to fuel my body.

That’s where my snacks come in! I love these mini Graze snacks from their ‘on the go’ range.

These cocoa and vanilla protein flapjacks are filling, super tasty and a healthy alternative to regular snacks.

We’ve also been buying their sharing bags – my favourite is the Smokin’ Protein Power pack – a mix ofΒ chilli lemon broad beans, hickory smoked almonds, almonds and roasted pumpkin seeds.

Other than the Graze snacks I’ve been reaching for fresh pineapple and mango, overnight oats, Medjool dates and apple slices with cashew and almond butter.

5. The Calm Birth Method Book

I’ve really enjoyed The Calm Birth Method Book by Suzy Ashworth – you can find it here on Amazon.

Suzy talks about fear and how to relax your mind and body during labour, using hypnobirthing and visualisation techniques.

As per my birth plan I’m hoping to have a home birth with minimal intervention and I think this book will really help with that.

third trimester essentials

We are now so close to meeting our little boy and I honestly can’t wait. He’s already so loved and has so many people waiting for cuddles!

What were your pregnancy essentials?

Oh, and if you used reusable/ cloth nappies I’d love to know more – any tips for someone who is completely new to the idea?

Alex

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11 Comments

  • Reply Kirsty May 29, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    Good luck, it is so close now! I remember spending my life on my birthing ball (or so it seemed) and slip on shoes (I was a winter third trimester both times) were utterly vital!

  • Reply Art Vego by Trixilie and Bea May 29, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    Hi Alex
    We have never drunk raspberry leaf tea. Trixilie loves raspberries a lot, so I think we have to try it. Does it taste like raspberries?
    Good luck πŸ™‚
    Hugs and Kisses
    Trixilie & Bea

  • Reply Chloe Ciliberto May 29, 2018 at 4:12 pm

    I never heard of using raspberry leaf tea in pregnancy before. I’m definitely going to try that out for my next pregnancy. Those shoes look gorgeous and so comfortable. I want them for myself! Off to have a peek at them now. I definitely agree with the ball! I could not live without my ball during my last trimester. x

  • Reply Cath - BattleMum May 29, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    Wow I can’t believe how quickly the last few months have gone. I couldn’t get on with a birthing ball at all and didn’t use it in the end. Hypnobirthing techniques helped me in the early stages and I’m glad we did it. Best of luck x

  • Reply Rhian Westbury May 29, 2018 at 8:13 pm

    That’s so exciting that you’re so close, definitely a plus being able to just slip on your sandals x

  • Reply Sarah - About Getting Out May 29, 2018 at 8:30 pm

    Not long to wait now – I bet you can’t wait πŸ™‚ Making a jug of the raspberry leaf tea and chilling it is a fab idea in this hot weather – I think I might try that with one of the herbal teas we have – it definitely sounds more interesting than water. Wishing you the best with the arrival of baby Theo x

  • Reply Stephanie May 30, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    I loved my ball when I got to my last couple of weeks with my twins. It was so comfy to sit on

  • Reply Lisa May 30, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    Raspberry leaf tea! That’s what I need. I have 4 days left and am so desperate to get this baby out. I’m hoping for a water birth at the hospital using hypnobirthing techniques which I really hope I get as this is my third and final baby. I’m using washable nappies again. We went for the birth to potty nappies which are really easy to use. If you have local nappucino groups near to you I would suggest a visit so you can gain all their knowledge and advice. Good luck x

  • Reply Kizzy May 30, 2018 at 7:43 pm

    I tried raspberry leaf tea and not sure if it helps bring things on, my youngest was 2 days early. I hadn’t used a birthing ball again until my third when a midwife suggested it. It speeded things up so would definitely recommend them to anyone.

  • Reply Jenni May 30, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    I remember the raspberry leaf tea, and the constant snacking. My must have for the 3rd trimester was Gaviscon, because I was having terrible heartburn by then.

  • Reply Kara June 2, 2018 at 4:33 pm

    Good luck – I swore by my huge maternity pillow at this stage and maxi dresses to keep cool

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