Pregnancy is a special time for all women. These 9 months can be even more special for you if you take good care of your mental and physical health so that you give birth to a healthy baby.
We hope your first and second trimester went by happily. The last 3 months of pregnancy are the most beautiful. In the third trimester of pregnancy, your baby is in the final stages of development. You might be very nervous now as your due date is coming closer. The tips in this blog can make your third trimester of pregnancy easier and simpler.
Tips for your third trimester of pregnancy
- Take proper rest and sleep well. You need more sleep in these months as your baby is developing.
- Have a healthy diet with nutritious food like fruits, vegetables and dry fruits.
- Continue doing a little exercise to keep yourself physically fit. This will help your body to be fit during delivery. Do not lift any heavy items.
- Do not sit in the same position for too long. Take short walks in between.
- By the third trimester, your stomach has grown a lot. So walk carefully to keep yourself and your baby safe.
- You might face problems like constipation and heartburn. Drink lots of water to avoid these.
- Do not worry about your baby. Childbirth is a natural process. Keep yourself healthy and safe and you will have a happy delivery.
- Be stress-free and tension-free. Stress can lead to high blood pressure and hypertension.
- Keep your hospital bag ready. Your hospital bag should contain all the items that you might need when you go to the hospital like your medical reports, clothes, undergarments, baby’s clothes, diapers, etc.
Medical tests to take during your third trimester of pregnancy
Your baby is almost ready to be born now. So you need to be more careful with your health and go for regular checkups. In the seventh, eighth and ninth months of your pregnancy, your doctor may suggest that you take the following tests:
Blood test - Blood test is done to detect diseases like Anaemia, Hepatitis B or HIV.
Urine test - Urine test is done to detect infections in the kidney or urine.
Ultrasound/Sonography - Ultrasound/Sonography is done in the third trimester of pregnancy to check if your baby is growing normally.
Diabetes test - Gestational diabetes is very common but needs to be controlled. So if your doctor detects that you have diabetes, he/she might give you some more medicine to control this.
If any complications are noticed, the doctor might suggest more tests and scans.
Is it safe to have sex during the third trimester of pregnancy?
Talk to your doctor first to be sure that there are no complications. If there are no complications in your pregnancy and you did not have any problems while having sex in your second trimester, you can continue having sex during the seventh, eighth and ninth months of your pregnancy. Your stomach might be very big by now, so if you do not feel comfortable, you can always choose not to have sex.
Which sex positions are safe during the third trimester of pregnancy?
- Woman on top - You can be on top of your husband while having sex. This position makes sure that there is no pressure on your stomach.
Why are you getting stretch marks in the third trimester of pregnancy?
Your stretch marks will increase in the stomach and thighs during your third trimester. You can avoid these stretch marks by dealing with them as early as possible.
How to avoid stretch marks?
Lemon juice, Coconut oil, Aloe vera gel, castor oil, olive oil, bio-oil are all great for controlling stretch marks. Apply any one of these on your stretch marks every night before sleeping. Wash this off in the morning and your stretch marks will reduce.
Why are you getting a black line on your stomach in the third trimester of pregnancy?
You might notice a black line on your stomach passing across your belly button. This line is called ‘linea nigra’ and it is caused because of the pregnancy hormone. It is very natural so don’t worry. It will reduce and soon disappear after your pregnancy is over.
Why does the baby kick in the third trimester of pregnancy?
Baby kicks are very natural. This means that your baby is moving around in your stomach. So, be happy that your baby is healthy and is moving his/her arms and legs in your womb. Remain well rested so that you can feel the baby’s kick. This will tell you how active your baby is in the womb.
What to pack in your hospital bag?
After your baby’s delivery, you will get discharged from the hospital within 1-3 days. This time will depend based on your health and your baby’s health. Your hospital bag should have everything you might need for yourself, your husband and your baby for these few days.
Keep the hospital bag ready in the third trimester of pregnancy, so that you can just pick it up and leave whenever you have to go to the hospital. Make a list of things you might need and share the list with your husband so that both of you can prepare the bag together.
While most of these items will be provided by the hospital, it is good to have some extra in your bag so that you won’t have to call the nurse every time. Here are a few things that you should remember to pack in your hospital bag:
- Medical reports - Keep all your pregnancy related medical reports in a file and keep this file in your bag.
- Comfortable clothes - Pack comfortable clothes for yourself and for your husband.
- Snacks - Keep some healthy snacks for yourself and for your husband.
- Toiletries - Keep your toothbrush, toothpaste and other bathroom items in a pouch in this bag. Also keep a few extra hairbands to tie your hair.
- Maternity pads - It is normal to bleed a lot after birth, and hospitals will usually provide maternity pads for this. You should still keep an extra pack of maternity pads with you.
- Baby clothes - Newborn babies can get cold easily. So pack warm clothes, hats, socks and shoes for your baby.
- Diapers - Keep a few packets of newborn baby diapers ready. Newborn babies might need 10-12 diapers daily.
- Extra bags - Keep some extra plastic bags for putting your used clothes.
- Phone charger, camera, etc.
Is it safe to travel during the third trimester of pregnancy?
It is not safe to travel in these months. This is the final phase of your pregnancy so you need to be very careful. You should not be in any physical or mental stress during this time as it can create complications in your pregnancy. Avoid travelling as much as possible and take lots of rest.
We hope your pregnancy journey has been going well so far. These three months are very important for your baby’s development. Very soon, you will have your baby in your arms. Keep your home ready for your baby. Buy everything you need in advance so that you don’t have to go shopping later. Rest well and get ready to welcome your baby.