The third trimester of pregnancy can be as rough as that first trimester of morning sickness. Although you probably aren’t puking anymore (I puked for nine straight months) you feel huuuuge. Your feet are probably a size larger than you’re used to, you might be puffy because of water retention, you can’t find anything that fits and you’re just sick and tired of being pregnant.
That’s why it’s so important to do a few crucial things that will not only make you feel better, but after baby comes and you’re too busy to get anything done but survive the day you’ll be glad you did these things now.
I ran across this article on Chicago Now by Stephanie Melendez in which she lists five things she thinks you should do in your third trimester. I modified it a bit and added my thoughts. So here then, are five things you should do in your third trimester.
Get Your Hair Did – Do it. Not only will you want to have great hair in those first mama and baby pictures, but after baby is born it’s probably going to be a good long while until you can get back to the salon. So do it now! Nothing makes me feel better when I feel schlumpy than getting my hair done. The whole deal: color, cut, everything. If you’re worried about whether it’s safe or not read this and, obviously, check with your doctor.
Get A Pedicure -You probably haven’t been able to pay your feet much attention lately because you can’t reach them. Guess what? During childbirth you (and a lot of other people) spend a lot of time looking at your feet. Sometimes strangers even hold them. When I delivered both kids my husband held my left foot and a nurse held my right to give me better leverage for pushing. Get yourself a pedicure! Not only will your feet look nice but because you haven’t been able to give your feet much love lately it will feel heavenly.
Buy One Great Pair of Maternity Jeans – Hopefully this will be the last pair of maternity pants you will buy (for this pregnancy, at least). But if you’re anything like me, by the third trimester you are sick of spending your hard-earned cash on maternity clothes and have just resigned yourself to stretchy pants. The thing is, you’ll want a pair of good maternity jeans you can wear, even if it is only for a couple months. Keep in mind you may even be able to wear them for a couple weeks or as long as a month after you give birth too. Stephanie Menendez suggests Target brand (Merona) jeans because they are magical. “They are only $29.99 and will the best $30 you have ever spent! Because these jeans? Are like the ones in “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants” i.e. they will fit you no matter how fat you are! Don’t believe me? Well, ladies, I bought a pair of size 8 Target jeans back in December during my first trimester and they fit like a glove then. Now, 9 months later in August, I am STILL wearing the same glove-tight jeans, albeit slightly tighter-fitting gloves.”
Take Photos of Yourself – I know, I know. You’re probably rolling your eyes and muttering about how the absolute last thing you want right now is to commemorate your 30 pound weight gain. Just do it. You’ll be so glad you did. I speak from experience. I gained sixty pounds during my second pregnancy and felt so fat I could barely bring myself to chronicle the pregnancy. Now, I’m so sad I let my vanity get in the way of documenting such a wonderful thing as carrying my son. Just take the photos, upload them to your computer and leave them there. You don’t need to look at them now, but at least you’ll have them for when you want to remember the pregnancy later.
Big Night Out – Whether it’s dinner and the movies with your partner or a fun night on the town with girlfriends, try to paint the town red one last time before baby is born. I highly recommend going to the movies as it was nearly two years before I actually stepped foot in a theater after my daughter was born. It’s the same thing with a fancy restaurant. I liken it to a death row inmate’s last meal before the electric chair. Choose wisely, my friend! This could be your last fancy meal for a long while.
What about you? Do you have any must-do activities for the third trimester?
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