Third Trimester To-Do List

  • Find ways to extend the life of your maternity clothes as your belly grows, like wearing extra long camisoles under shirts that are popping up 

  • Count baby kicks and movements to make sure baby is healthy and active

  • Purchase a couple of nursing bras (but not too many) for your first couple of months after birth

  • Book a childbirth class if you haven't already done so 

  • Take a breastfeeding class to learn about and prepare to feed your baby

  • Get the name and number of a lactation consultant near your in case you experience difficulties with breastfeeding; ask your childbirth class teacher for referrals

  • Find a pediatrician for your baby

  • Learn all about labor and birth, including how to know if you're in labor and how to cope with labor pain (a good childbirth class teaches these and so much more!)

  • Start prepping for your absence at work (training a colleague, wrapping up or handing off projects)

  • Hire a doula if you haven't already done so and plan to have one, then schedule your prenatal meetings

  • If you're unhappy or worried about your care provider, you can switch even in your 3rd trimester! Research providers, interview, and make the switch before you give birth.

  • Tour the hospital or birth center -- find out where to go if it's after hours

  • Continue your pregnancy journal (or start one - it's never too late!) and take belly pics

  • Schedule a professional maternity photo shoot, if you desire one

  • Plan for older sibling care when you go into labor, if you have other children that need care

  • Continue or begin an exercise routine and adjust as needed for your physical changes in the third trimester

  • Create space for non-pregnancy/baby related activities and events, either alone, with friends, or with your partner or spouse

  • Heed your need to sleep, nap, and rest when possible and needed

  • Go easy on yourself - your hormones and your body are hard at work, so take breaks when you need it, excuse yourself from functions if you feel like it, and take some time for yourself or with a good friend when you want 

  • Jot down questions in between prenatal appointments to ask your care provider

  • Keep healthy, filling snacks that are easy to eat on the go and between meals

  • and remember that you are in control of your mind, body and spirit

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