Finally, the third trimester of pregnancy! Something about getting there makes it seem like your baby will be here at any moment. Unfortunately, for most women that isn’t the case and the last trimester can feel like an endless waiting game. When people ask how you are, the only thing you can think to say in response is “uncomfortable”! Don’t worry, you are almost there! Here are a few tips to surviving third trimester:
1 – Treat yourself. You have carried this baby for 6 months already so you deserve a little TLC. There are lots of ways to do this. Prenatal massage can be an excellent way to relieve stress on your body, as well as any anxiety you may have as your due date approaches. In many areas you can find Massage Therapists who specialize in prenatal care, and this kind of massage is perfectly safe for you and your baby. Another great way to treat yourself is to get a foot massage or pedicure. Most women experience swelling in their feet or legs toward the end of their pregnancy. Foot massages and pedicures can help with your circulation and reduce swelling. Plus, cute toes make everything better.
2 – Keep Moving. It is easy to become sedentary during your third tri. Moving can seem like a chore when your feet are swollen and you’re feeling pressure in your hips and back, but staying active keeps your muscles strong and again helps with your circulation and swelling. If the weather permits, simply walking around the neighborhood is an easy way to get going. Nothing is a race when you are pregnant, so take it as slow as you need to, but keep moving! If you are stuck indoors prenatal yoga is a great way to strengthen core muscles. Check your local gym or yoga studio for classes, or if you don’t want to pay for a class, YouTube is always good for instructional videos. Bonus! Staying active can also help you sleep better, which is something every pregnant woman needs.
3- Be Mindful. It is hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel during this time of pregnancy. Every day leading up to delivery can feel like an eternity when you’re uncomfortable. Take time to think about the reason you are putting your body through this. You are creating a human being, and when this trimester is over you will have a beautiful baby. Think about your baby growing up and becoming his or her very own person. This connection that you have with them will be different than any you have yet to experience. Think about how much joy and love you can bring into this little person’s life and what they will bring to yours. Keep in mind that not everyone gets to experience what you will when you see your little one for the first time. Being mindful of what you are getting in the end can make it a lot easier to cope with the stresses of pregnancy.