Third Trimester Jitters: 4 Things to Help Ease Your Mind

Some women claim that the 40 weeks of pregnancy fly by, while others feel that they seem to drag out for nearly an eternity. Whichever way you feel, most would argue that by the time you reach the third trimester, you are in the final stretch. Although the end is in sight, the third trimester can still be challenging for several reasons. Oftentimes, moms are uncomfortably big. Tasks that used to be easy, such as tying your shoes, become difficult. Added stress is put on your joints due to the added weight and your mind as you prepare. While some of the joy of pregnancy also comes from the unknown, there are some things you can do to help ease your mind as your delivery draws nearer.

Take Care of Yourself

The third trimester is hard. Labor and delivery is exhausting. Newly parenting is full of joy and challenges. Through all of these stages, it is vital that you take care of yourself. Especially at the end of pregnancy, take advantage of any and every opportunity you have to sleep. Your body is working hard. Let it rest when you are able. Make sure you are eating nutrient rich foods as well. If it’s helpful, pack a few snacks and keep them in your bag for when you are out and about so you don’t feel stressed and hungry looking for food.

Ask Questions

Every expectant parent has questions and concerns leading up to the birth of their child. Don’t hold these thoughts and questions in, but rather seek an answer. If you are concerned about something regarding your child’s health or potential problems with the birth, do not dwell on these things. Talk to a medical professional or a lawyer to get some answers and put your mind at ease. Professionals, like those at Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C., know that birth injuries exist in a variety of types.Ā  Having some guidance for your individual situation is always helpful.

Gather Your Support Network

Some ladies want a quiet intimate setting in the delivery room, while others welcome an audience. Regardless of what your desires are, make them known to the people closest to you. You will need a support team at the end of pregnancy, during labor and delivery, and postpartum. If you need or desire something specific from someone specific, make this known. As far as you feel comfortable, allow people to help you. Allow your neighbor to make you a meal and your mother-in-law to wash your dishes.

Organize and Prepare

It is easy to feel jittery or uneasy when things in our life feel scattered or disorganized. In many cases, you will not know the date or time that your baby will make the grand debut, but this does not mean that you cannot prepare. Have your hospital bag packed with the things you want and need. Have a plan in place with your medical providers and your birth partner. It is important to be flexible, but have a general plan in place of how you would like things to go. Have the car seat safely installed and the baby’s room set up. If you have other children, have their care lined up for when you need it. Accomplishing each of these things will help you feel calm and grounded as you approach the end of your pregnancy.

Remember that while this time of life may cause some anxiety, it is important to appreciate the anticipation as well. Take care of your body, surround yourself with a loving and strong support team, ask questions as you think of them, and prepare for your life to never ever be the same!

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.

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