The third trimester of your pregnancy is the most grueling. You’re entering the eighth and ninth months of your pregnancy calendar and preparing to welcome your baby into the world. The third trimester requires vital pregnancy tips and information for you to manage. The Safe Birth Project offers the following pregnancy tips to help make your third trimester less stressful so that you can have a happy, seamless delivery!
Figuring Out Childcare
One of the major pregnancy tips that we will emphasize is that, by the third trimester, you should already be considering childcare options for your unborn child. Childcare is especially important if you’re planning to return to work following maternity leave.
You could take your child to a local daycare or hire a nanny or childcare specialist to look after your newborn child once you’re back on the job. As you consider childcare centers in your third trimester, you should evaluate the setting you feel your child will be most responsive to. Would you prefer an intimate family setting or a professional daycare center?
A family home situation could allow your child to get more individual attention. However, you might find that it’s less dependable if the caregiver goes on vacation or is sick. The daycare center, meanwhile, may have a high caregiver turnover rate, so your child may see more faces than he or she can get used to. While in your third trimester, visit each option to determine which one is best. You should also factor in how much the facility costs and its location. Ask friends, family, physicians for recommendations. Here’s a childcare checklist from the American Academy of Pediatrics. These questions regard policies, child-to-staff ratio, licensing, and how they’re set up for potential emergencies.
In the third trimester, you should be getting pregnancy tips regarding must-have items to obtain so that you can best prepare for your baby’s arrival.
You should acquire a fair share of clothing during your third trimester, including diapers, onesie t-shirts, socks, footed coveralls, and burp cloths. Then, there is the necessary furniture such as a crib, a small tub, a stroller, and a car seat. Getting these items during your third trimester, if you haven’t already, is essential and will help your baby feel comfortable once it arrives.
Being that your third trimester is also your most physically demanding period during pregnancy, these pregnancy tips should help you handle the stress and build strength. Get yourself the most comfortable shoes possible during the third trimester. You’re going to feel like you’re carrying around a bowling ball, so some roomy sneakers or sandals would help. Have some TUMS by your side as third-trimester heartburn can be excruciating. It’s also a good idea to carry a water bottle as you’ll need to stay hydrated.
Getting an exercise or birthing ball will help you in your third trimester. These balls relieve the pelvic pressure caused when your baby starts dropping further in your abdomen. Getting a full-body pregnancy pillow, maternity belt to ease back pain, and a nightgown are also simple suggestions to make you more comfortable.
Dealing with Stretch Marks
Your third trimester poses the biggest risk for getting stretch marks because of how big your belly gets. Though most pregnant women get stretch marks, you’ll want to address them before they progress too far.
Stretch marks will become harder to treat if you let them become more obvious during the third trimester when they are white- or silver-colored with deep indentations. Keep your skin moisturized with enriched oils before and during your third trimester. Have a diet rich in skin-supporting vitamins (A, C, E) as well as Omega-3 fatty acids. Pay attention to your consumption of vitamin A and consult your doctor because too much supplementation during your third trimester can cause birth injury.
You should also continue using moisturizer every day as part of the routine you established in your second trimester.
Writing a Birth Plan
The pregnancy tips you receive should also include a birth plan. Ideally, this should be created before your third trimester, but it’s not too late to craft this outline, which states how you want your delivery and labor to be completed.
Your birth plan should contain your basic information, the best atmosphere for your baby to be born in, and your pain management strategy, such as whether you want an epidural or not.
Also, be sure to include your delivery preferences. Do you want a vaginal birth or a C-section? The latter does carry more birth injury risk, however. Furthermore, your birth plan should detail how you want the baby to be fed and cared for in the hospital. Do you want to breastfeed after delivery or are you thinking about bottle feeding? These are things you should consider going into your third trimester, and having the plan as a basis will help. Though you may have strong opinions, you should keep in mind that the plan can change once you go into labor.
Preventing Birth Injury During Childbirth
The last thing you want to find out after going through an arduous third trimester and delivery is that your child experienced a birth injury. The Safe Birth Project offers a birth injury guide that relays pregnancy tips to help reduce birth injury probabilities during delivery.
Identifying fetal distress signs, such as decreased fetal movement and abnormal fetal heart rate, is critical. Performing prenatal tests to assess your health and the baby’s health are also important. Be sure that you have an open line of communication with your physicians throughout your pregnancy to discuss how the baby is progressing. Talk about the baby’s status and if you could be doing, or not doing, things to avoid birth injuries. Also, assert your wishes during delivery concerning the use of forceps to extract the baby.
Keep these pregnancy tips from Safe Birth Project in mind to ensure a comfortable third trimester and a safe delivery. Contact the Safe Birth Project for the best legal case help if your baby has sustained a preventable birth injury during delivery.