Welcome to your third trimester or as I like to call it, the everything hurts and I’m dying trimester. This is where pregnancy starts to get real and time seems to magically slow down to a crawl. To say that the third trimester is my least favorite time of pregnancy is a bit of an understatement. But luckily during my now three pregnancies, I’ve found some third-trimester must-haves and essentials that have helped make this last difficult trimester a little easier and more enjoyable.
I’ve put together a list of 14 third trimester must have that I’m using now or have used in the past to helped ease some of those third-trimester discomforts. Hopefully, they can help you find a little relief!
14 third trimester must-haves
1. Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Nourishing Body Oil – Ditch your lotion and switch to a body oil to help keep your growing belly well moisturized. Body oil not only softens and nourishes your skin it helps to lock in moisture. Which stops the itchy feeling caused by your skin stretching out. It can also help any stretch marks you’ve developed heal faster and reduce their appearance. Try Burt’s Bees Mama Bee Nourishing Body Oil it contains sweet almond oil and vitamin E and is 100% natural.
2. TUMS Chewable Antacid Tablets – Third-trimester heartburn is no joke. I swear some days it feels like I have a volcano spewing hot lava in my chest. TUMS are a serious life saver. I keep a bottle at home and a bottle in the car so if heartburn hits while I’m out running errands I’m not miserable. If you’re experiencing constant or very severe heartburn talk to your doctor about a prescription antacid – On a side note, I’ve always heard that the more heartburn you have the more hair your baby is going to have. I had horrible heartburn with my first two pregnancies and I had two very hairy kids! Maybe there’s something to that old wives tale!
3. Water Bottle– Hydration is important during pregnancy but it’s super important in your third trimester. Not only does staying hydrated help reduce swelling but dehydration can actually lead to premature labor! So make sure you’re staying hydrated!!! The daily recommend amount of water during pregnancy is between 2 and 3 liters a day. This Nalgene Water Bottle is my favorite for a ton of reason. One of which is because it has the ounces printed on the side of the bottle. This helps you easily keep track of how much water you’re consuming. Making it easier to ensure you’re drinking enough.
4. – Nightgown -Nightgowns are one of my absolute favorite things during my third trimester. By now most of my clothes don’t fit and what does fit isn’t necessarily comfortable to sleep in. Nightgowns like this adorable Baby Be Mine Maternity Nursing Nightgown makes sleeping a little easier since you won’t have the waistband from shorts or pants digging into your belly. Which becomes super bothersome when your baby starts to drop. Another great thing about nightgowns is that they’re perfect for your hospital stay after delivery. AND You can also continue to wear them after you have the baby!
5. Exercise Ball – Exercise balls or birthing balls (they’re the same thing) are not just for exercising during your third trimester. Not only can sitting on an exercise ball help relive the pelvic pressure that’s caused when your baby starts to drop. But rocking and tilting your pelvis while sitting on the ball can help your baby move into the birth canal just before and during the early stages of labor.
6. Maternity Belt – Your growing belly causes a shift in your gravity and puts a lot of pressure on your spine, hips, and back muscles. Which can lead to not only back pain but herniated discs and SPD (Symphysis pubis dysfunction). After having both during pregnancy I can tell you its a pain you want to avoid at all costs. A maternity belt helps to support your belly and takes at least some of the pressure off your back and hips. Reducing the strain and the pain you experience. If you are experiencing bad back and hip pain talk to your doctor about seeing a physical therapist.
7. Full Body Pregnancy Pillow – If you don’t have a pregnancy pillow by now stop what you’re doing and get yourself one! Not only does its make sleep more comfortable it helps keep your back and hips aligned. Which can cut down on back pain.
8. Bamboo Essential Oil Diffuser – The further along you get in pregnancy the more difficult sleep becomes. One easy and drug-free way to help get you to sleep is by using an Essential Oil Diffuser with lavender essential oils. The smell of lavender has been proven to help people relax, fall asleep faster, and achieve a deeper nights sleep. I put my diffuser on my nightstand and turn it on while I’m lying in bed reading a book at night. It works like a charm.
I’ve had a few different E-readers over the years and the Kindle Paperwhite E-reader is by far my favorite. The screen easy to read and doesn’t hurt your eyes. It also has a built-in light so you can read in low light situations. Which means you don’t have to get up and turn on all the lights in the room. Or keep your spouse awake at night if you’re trying to read in bed. Kindles also work with the OVERDRIVE app. Which allows you to borrow E-books and audiobooks FOR FREE from your local library!!!
10. Massage Stick – Back pain is going to be a pretty constant theme for most people during the third trimester. One way to help ease that pain is by using a massage stick to help keep your muscles from tightening up. I use this Coolife Massage Stick because I love how the little fingers are really able to work out any tightness I have in my back. It’s also supposed to help reduce the appearance of cellulite in your legs. Which is something I’m totally going to test out once I have this baby!!!
11. Electric Heating Pad – Electric heating pads are another great way to deal with back and hip pain. Heat naturally promotes blood flow and helps muscles relax. Alternating heat and cold along with using a massage stick is an easy and drug-free way to help manage back pain.
12. Ice Pack – Using a Cold Compress is a great way to help reduce, you guessed it, back pain!! But ice packs can also help to reduce swelling in your feet and ankles. As well as the pain that comes with carpel tunnel another lovely third-trimester pain. Just put two small ice packs on your writs or elevate your feet and place them on your ankles. The cold will cause a reduction of blood flow to the area cutting down on the swelling and pain.
13. Wirefree Maternity Bralette for Breastfeeding– Your belly isn’t the only thing growing during pregnancy. By now it might feel as if your boobs have doubled or tripled in size. Wirefree bralettes are totally your best friend right now. Not only are they super comfortable but they give you the coverage you need without being too tight and restricting. Make sure to look for nursing bralettes if you plan on breastfeeding. This way you won’t need to buy an entirely new set once your baby is born.
14. Medjool Dates – If you’re experiencing painful leg cramps an easy way to get rid of them is by increasing your intake of potassium and magnesium. Instead of grabbing a banana try eating dates, which contain double the amount of both potassium and magnesium!
On top of knocking out muscle cramps, Recent Studies have shown that eating dates during the last few weeks of pregnancy can help speed up cervical dilation. Women who ate dates also had a reduced need for induction and augmentation of labor. And had an overall more favorable delivery outcome them women who didn’t. Looking for easy ways to include more dates in your diet? Then check out this Creamy Banana Date Smoothie and these Blueberry Date Energy Balls.
I hope this list of third-trimester must-haves helps you find a little relief and comfort. And don’t worry, although it feels like you’ll be pregnant forever, before you know it you’ll be holding your sweet little baby. And it will have all been worth it!!