Your third trimester is finally here! Here’s a helpful checklist to help you prep for baby’s arrival:
Attend childbirth classes
You want to do everything you can to protect your little one. Choosing eco-friendly nursery items can help give you peace of mind and can be better for the environment. Here are some helpful pointers:
Your birth plan is highly personal and unique to your circumstances and wishes. Developing a birth plan well before delivery can give you time to prepare, determine plan B if you have unforeseen complications and help you have an empowering, satisfying birth experience. Remember, though, that much of your delivery is beyond your control and things may need to change if you or the baby are at risk.
Here are some things to include when creating your birth plan:
Write down or type and print your plan, and pack it in your hospital bag. Be sure to share your birth plan with your partner and OB/GYN a few months before baby’s due date.
After week 20 of pregnancy, it isn’t a good idea to sleep on your back. By the third trimester, the weight of your uterus can compress the vena cava, a major blood vessel in the body. This can deprive you and baby of blood flow and leave you feeling short of breath, dizzy and nauseated.
Sleeping on your side is safest for you and baby. If you wake up on your back, don’t stress. If you or the baby were in danger, your body would become very uncomfortable, encouraging you to change sleep positions anyway.
During pregnancy, you may encounter an inappropriate or rude comment or two from well-meaning loved ones or even strangers. Here’s how to navigate them with grace.
Faux pas: Someone wants to touch your belly and it makes you uncomfortable.
Solution: Step away or cover your bump with your hand, and make a joke about your baby needing space.
Faux pas: People sharing pregnancy and labor horror stories.
Solution: Politely change the subject by saying something like, “You know, I’ve heard every pregnancy is different and I’m trying to avoid setting any expectations.”
Faux pas: Probing questions about whether you plan to breastfeed, how you’ll raise your baby, your birth plan, etc.
Solution: Turn the question back on them with, “Why do you ask?” or say, “No offense, but that’s pretty personal” or “My partner and I will figure it out.”
Faux pas: Someone comments on your size or asks about your weight.
Solution: Again, be polite, but firm. You can say something like, “Wow, that’s personal!” or “Both the baby and I are healthy and feeling good,” or “I have no idea how much weight I’ve gained.”
During pregnancy, you may find yourself more overheated than ever before. This is likely because your blood volume has doubled and your body is hard at work growing a baby. Try these tips to get more comfortable:
After you deliver baby, your blood volume will return to normal and so will your internal temperature.
Whether you plan to have a scheduled cesarean section or view the procedure as a plan B, there are some things you may not know to expect. A C-section is a major abdominal surgery and can have surprising (though completely normal!) side effects. Here are some things to expect:
Talking about having sex with your partner during pregnancy may make you blush, but being intimate, even during this awkward stage, can encourage bonding between you and your partner. Here are a few positions that may be more comfortable during pregnancy:
Your bump is bigger than ever and you’re ready to meet your new son or daughter, but sleep can be hard to come by at this point in pregnancy. Here are a few tips for getting better ZZZs before baby arrives:
Packing your hospital bag a few weeks in advance can help you feel prepared and ready for whenever baby decides to make his or her debut. Here are some items you may find helpful for your hospital stay:
At the end of your pregnancy, every little symptom may cause you to think you’re in labor. Here are some signs baby is on the way:
Signs labor may occur soon:
Signs you could be in active labor:
Call your doctor if you think you may be labor. He or she can give you appropriate instructions.
Labor and delivery can be unpredictable, but you can handle it! Your doctor, nurses and healthcare team are pros who deliver babies every day. Here’s the real deal about some common labor and delivery fears.