10 Tips to Help You Waddle Through Trimester 3 Like a Boss

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Getting through the third trimester can be challenging. Your body feels heavy, your hips rotate outward, and you swell in places you didn't know your body would swell.

Feeling good is key during these three months. But it can be difficult when you're chasing a toddler, your body is aching and your due date is approaching.

So what can you do to stumble through term three like a boss? Here are 10 tips to help you through the semester:

1. Exercise:

Gentle exercise like yoga or walking is a great way to get your baby into a position ready for delivery. While long walks can be uncomfortable, just walking around the block is enough to get your body moving and relieve some pain.

2. Try pregnancy massage:

If you are in pain, pregnancy massage can relieve some of the pain. Not only that, but massage stimulates the hormone oxytocin, which is necessary for childbirth. This three-month routine pregnancy massage may be just what you need.

3. Take a bath:

A warm bath can also relieve pain and provide some much-needed self-care. Afterwards have your partner rub your body with a moisturizer or oil, ideal after dancing on your hips or stretching in your stomach.

4. Use a pregnancy pillow:

Restful sleep can be difficult when you need to go to the bathroom every second and your body isn't feeling well. But a good pregnancy pillow can do wonders for your ailment, and many women swear by it.

5. Learn about the job:

Not only will you be in physical pain, but you may find your thoughts turn to the inevitable labor pains you'll be going through. Take a quiet labor or labor preparation class, or just do some research online to prepare. There are some great clips on YouTube that are great for preparing for labor.

6. Massage the perineum:

This is something you may not have heard of. Use two fingers to massage the perineum with vitamin E oil– The position between the anus and the vagina. Doing this three to four times a week can help reduce tears during labor.

7. Learn CPR:

We often forget this and it can come in handy. Learning CPR for babies and newborns is a tool you wish you didn't have to use, but would be nice to know when. There are several first aid courses, both online and offline, that are worthwhile.

8. Enjoy downtime:

After your baby is born, you may not realize how little time you have. So listen to your parents and it's worth taking a break now that you can. Trust us, you'll be delighted when we say your baby is here.

9. Continue taking vitamins:

In the third trimester, you can prepare for labor by learning about herbs, vitamins, and oils that are good for the third trimester. Be sure to consult your doctor or midwife before adding these to your diet.

10. Eat a healthy diet:

Needless to say, a healthy diet is best for you and your baby. Make sure you're getting plenty of protein, fiber, fruits, and vegetables. Drink plenty of water to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Poor oral hygiene is associated with preterm birth.

The discomfort of the third trimester is real, but staying active with gentle exercise, prioritizing self-care, and knowing about labor and delivery will help you enter the final stages of your pregnancy with more confidence than ever before. Do what you need to do to feel comfortable: take a shower, wear loose clothing, and get as much rest as possible. You'll be glad you took some time for yourself before welcoming your joy into the world.