Third Trimester Essentials
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:
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. 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-on 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*
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 of 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.
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?