You’re almost there, Mama! Keep it up!
By now, your baby bump has grown and you might find yourself waddling like a penguin just to get around. Back pain is unavoidable and 10-minute walks will feel like 1-hour walks. But do not worry Mama! All of this is normal as your body prepares itself for childbirth.
Unfortunately, this trimester will seem like the longest. While you’re busy making sure everything is done before your little one arrives, you will also feel like the last months of pregnancy are passing by like a snail rushing to the finish line.
In order to make this trimester easier, I’ve compiled my last list of action items to guide you from the last stage of pregnancy until the day your baby is here. This list may seem like the longest but it’s also the most important!
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1. Finish Shopping for Baby
If you’ve already had your baby shower, you may be gleaming with happiness at all the baby items you received. That’s great! But now you need to fill in the gaps that baby’s wish list is missing right?
This is the time to finish your shopping for baby. Perhaps you’re still missing the crib or you still need to buy a travel system or maybe you need a few storage boxes to organize everything! Whatever it is, finish your shopping in the early stage of Trimester 3 before your baby bump grows and exhaustion takes over.
2. Take a Childbirth Class
If you’re a first-time Mom, labor and delivery might sound new – and scary. This is where you take a childbirth class to help you prepare for labor and delivery.
3. Tour the Hospital
Planning to deliver your baby in the hospital? Take a hospital tour! Become familiar with the hospital’s rooms and facility so that you know exactly where to go when the time comes. The last thing you want is to arrive in the hospital, contracting in pain, and unsure of where to go.
4. Plan Freezer Meals
Never did I expect that freezer meals were a necessity until I had my daughter. The first month with my little one was all a blur. Sleepless nights, caring for the little one, feeding her, changing the diapers, giving sponge baths, squeezing in naps. This list sounds so simple yet so time consuming. That’s why you need freezer meals to help you get through postpartum.
With freezer meals, you can:
- Bond more with your baby
- Worry less about cooking
- Fulfill your hunger while operating on 4-hours a day (or sometimes two!)
- Stress less about household duties – such as washing dishes (if you prepare freezer meals in aluminum table pans)
Plan your freezer meals with these recipes below:
- 15 Freezer Actually Easy Freezer Meals from Karrie with Happy Money Saver
- 38+ Healthy Freezer Meals from Denise with Sweet Peas and Saffron
5. Set up Baby’s Nursery
Now that you’re getting closer to baby’s arrival, let’s get his or her nursery set up! Make sure you organize baby’s clothes, bath items, diaper station, toys, and accessories so that it’s all ready when the time comes.
One important item you should have in your baby’s nursery is a humidifier. A humidifier helps moisten the air and makes breathing easy for you and your baby. Snot was my #1 enemy – and still is! – and a humidifier helped ease my little one’s system. The humidifier is not only good for easing mucus but it is also good for easing coughs, colds, and minor sickness within babies.
6. Research and Choose Your Baby’s Pediatrician
Once your baby arrives, he or she will need to be seen for continued care with a Pediatrician. This is the perfect time to research and find a Doctor that meets your needs and interests for your baby.
When looking for a Pediatrician, make sure the Doctor:
- Is close to your home for shorter traveling distance
- Is within network with your health insurance to avoid paying out-of-network rates (out-of-network rates are higher than in-network)
- Has the credentials and experience that meets your expectations
I suggest asking friends and family for recommendations in your local area. With their personal experience and input, you will have a better idea on how a Doctor interacts with his or her patient and if he or she is the kind of Doctor you want for your baby.
7. Learn about the Epidural and Register for One
Pain management helps tremendously during labor and delivery and among pregnant Moms, having an epidural is one common selection. Learn and read about the epidural injection so that you are familiar with the benefits and risks of having one. Even if you decide that you don’t want an epidural, registering for the injection prepares you for labor and delivery.
To register: Ask your Doctor for additional information on where you can register online for an epidural. During registration, you will need all your contact information on hand as well as a registration fee that you have to pay.
Possible Case Scenario: If you don’t register for an epidural but half-way during labor decide to get one, you will have to wait until you or your partner completes the registration process while you’re in labor pain. But if you registered for an epidural and in the end, did not have the epidural injection, you will receive a refund for the registration fee that you paid.
*Registration for the epidural may vary among hospitals. Check with your Doctor for details and verification
8. Pre-Register at Your Delivering Hospital
If you plan to deliver at a hospital, make sure you remember to pre-register for your childbirth. For some hospitals, it is required and for others, it can be an option.
Pre-Registering helps you by avoiding the registration process when you arrive at the hospital for labor and delivery. Unfortunately, if you don’t pre-register, there’s a chance that you may have to wait at the front desk until you complete your registration while you’re in labor pain.
You may pre-register online through your hospital’s website. Make sure you have your contact information, driver’s license, and health insurance information ready.
9. Prepare Your Hospital Bag
As you near your due date, prepare yourself and pack your hospital bag. The hospital bag is your personal assistance during your postpartum stay and will be necessary to help you get through after birth.
10. Gather Your Postpartum Items
After you give birth, you might find yourself facing postpartum pain and complications. This is where your postpartum items come in (the Mama Care Kit) to help you.
11. Prepare a Birth Plan
As you near labor and delivery, you might want to consider preparing a birth plan. With a birth plan, you will have an idea of which pain management techniques you need for labor and delivery, who you want present during childbirth, and which labor and delivery methods you want to choose from.
The only downside to preparing a birth plan is that it doesn’t always go according to plan. Complications may occur and different alternatives may have to be used to ensure that baby’s delivery is successful. Despite the unexpected, a birth plan can help you understand more about the process of giving birth and how you should prepare yourself.
12. Stock up Household Items
Let’s create a list Mama – to stock up your household items. After birth, you will find yourself more busy than ever that household necessities may be the last thing you want to think about. By stocking up your household items beforehand, you can rest assured that all the basic necessities are available when you need it without worrying about making store runs postpartum.
Common household items to consider:
- Paper towel rolls
- Toilet paper rolls
- Paper plates or bowls
- Cleaning supplies
- Hand soap
- Laundry Detergent
13. Download and Print Baby Care Charts
During the first couple of months with baby, you will need to keep track of everything that happens with your newborn – eating, feeding, sleeping, vaccinations, medicine intakes, etc…
To make it easier, grab your free baby care charts and print them for use!
14. Install the Car Seat
Don’t forget to install the car seat! The car seat should be installed at least 2 weeks before your due date. Make sure the car seat is installed properly for safety.
You can have the car seat inspected by finding nearby locations at National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
15. Learn about Labor Signs
Once you reach your ninth month of pregnancy, you’ll be waiting for labor signs. But first – you need to learn about what kind of labor signs to look out for.
- Will you be contracting? If so, are they braxton-hicks or real contractions?
- Will your water break? How will it feel like?
- Are you going to lose your mucus plug? How does it look like and what does it mean if you lose it?
- How much have you dilated and how much do you have to dilate in order to give birth?
Learn more about labor signs here to get you started.
I hope you found this list helpful on your last journey of pregnancy. Having a baby is a lot of work and preparation but going through all of it is worth it!
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