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Pregnancy is different for every woman. Some women suffer from all day sickness for what seems like years while other women barely feel nauseous. There are pregnant women who keep working out till the day they give birth while others barely have the energy to get out of bed.
The last trimester however, comes with similar feelings and discomforts for most women. The bump gets bigger and moving becomes more of a challenge. Nervousness and anxiousness underlie every thought about the coming birth of the baby and by this time, most women just want to get it over with.
The last trimester should ideally be a time where you have a clearer state of mind, when you stop to take a look around you and figure out the small things left to do so that when the baby comes the attention can shift towards the needs of this tiny little being. There are three main areas you should dedicate some time to during the last trimester, so you can lead the way to a healthier and more peaceful birthing experience.
During the last trimester, your baby is set to move, kick and roll more than the previous two trimesters.
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Be more aware of his kicks and movements at this time and keep a close track so that if you notice a decrease in movements you can let your doctor or midwife know immediately to stay on top of things when it comes to the health of the baby.
The knick knacks
Ideally, during your last trimester, you should find the time to tie up any lose strings when it comes to certain things so your mind won’t be filled with more to-dos once the baby is in your arms. First off, make sure you close as much of your work issues, so you can go on leave with your mind at rest.
Have a look at your baby gear and figure out if you have everything you need to make your life easier once the baby is here. Invest in containers and bags; find the best breastfeeding singlets for you so you can feed your child comfortably even when you are not at home.
You don’t have to exhaust yourself running around for last minute errands if you are not up to it. Online baby stores like Bras ‘n Things and Milk and Love are two of the many online shops where you can buy everything you need. When the errands are done, take a look at your house and take care of small issues that you or your partner can solve so your home will be safe, organized and clean and you will have a more calming environment once your baby is here.
Most importantly, the last trimester is the time to give your body the attention and rest it needs. Try to sleep and keep your feet up as much as your schedule permits. Meet up with your friends and unwind or create your own spa night at home and relax with candles and a warm bath. You can also focus on doing prenatal yoga during this time to help you prepare your body for labor and even take walks without pushing yourself too hard.
The last trimester can be looked at as the calm before the storm. Wonderful things are set to come with a new baby but it can also be an overwhelming time so making the last trimester a peaceful one is the best way to step into the next chapter of your life.