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Practices you MUST follow in your 3rd trimester
Monday, April 4th, 2022
Hello! Soon-to-be mummas, I know you are impatiently waiting to hold your little bundle of joy in your arms and laugh as everything you’ve imagined your baby to be finally comes true. You’re almost there!How mothers feel in the 3rd trimester But like most long waits, this too feels like eternity. Remember how impatient we used to get when we’d hear that our train had arrived at the station? And then it would take half an hour just to get into the correct platform at snail’s pace. That is exactly how this last phase is. Hang in there, it is worth the wait.
Why you need to be extra careful in the 3rd trimester
Your rapidly growing baby needs you to be extra careful in the final phase of pregnancy. While you have a baby bump worth flaunting, your baby will also make you feel heavy and tired. Your baby is also very active by now, and will make their presence felt by kicking, turning and waving their arms. So you need to be extra cautious in this phase.
Precautions you can take in the 3rd trimester
We have curated a 3rd trimester list for all moms so that you keep a track of your activities
Continue to take prenatal vitamins
Stay active unless you’re experiencing swelling or pain
Work out your pelvic floor by doing Kegel exercises
Eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, low-fat forms of protein, and fiber
Drink lots of water and stay hydrated
Eat enough calories
Keep your teeth and gums healthy. Poor dental hygiene is linked to premature labor.
Get plenty of rest and sleep
Attend a prenatal class if you haven’t already. Learn about what to expect during labor and the different options available for delivery
Have a pregnancy bag packed and ready
Develop a birth plan with your doctor, decide who you want in your labor room, concerns you have about hospital procedures
Arrange maternity leave with your employer
Have a crib and other baby essentials ready for your baby
Have emergency numbers, Identify people who can help you in an emergency
Stock up on baby supplies, like diapers, wipes, and newborn clothing
Get the COVID vaccine. There is sufficient evidence to prove that the vaccine is safe for an expecting mother
Take a high protein diet with adequate milk and milk products. A balanced diet is very essential to ensure there is no weight gain
Explore new mother training classes and apps during your last trimester to be prepared for your child
Baby proof and prepare your home to receive the new member
What to avoid:
Strenuous exercise or strength training that could cause an injury to your stomach
Raw fish or smoked seafood
Unpasteurized milk or other dairy products
Deli meats or hot dogs
The following prescription drugs: isotretinoin (Accutane) for acne, acitretin (Soriatane) for psoriasis, thalidomide (Thalomid), and ACE inhibitors for high blood pressure
Long car trips and airplane flights.
Avoid alcohol, smoking, and excessive intake of caffeine..
Avoid undercooked meat to prevent diseases like Toxoplasmosis and Listeriosis.
Avoid hot sauna baths.
Travel during pregnancy
Decide where you plan to give birth and how, if you have not already. While making such decisions, remember that it is your body, so don’t let anyone else’s opinion influence your judgment. And of course, we trust you to decide on what is the best for your little one. To know about the third trimester, check our previous blog on the same(attach link to Cucumber blog 1|March’22)