Okay so if this is not your first pregnancy then you already know the third trimester is the hardest. Yes, the first is pretty rough for most of us, but the last thirteen weeks seem to drag on. The pain, exhaustion, and anticipation is almost unbearable. But, with these third trimester must haves you should be able to get through it a little easier!
This is baby number four for me so I have learned a thing or two to make the hard parts of pregnancy more tolerable. I love these products and without them the last couple of months definitely are a lot harder to get through.
birth ball: so as you get bigger the urge to lay on your belly intensifies because of all the pressure on your back. My favorite use for this ball is to lean on it while letting my belly hang and just rest. It takes a lot of strain off my back and eases a lot of tension. This can also be used during labor to help you get into a squatting position preparing for birth. Sitting on it during contractions to rock on is another method during labor. Of course after pregnancy this can be used within your workout routine to help you tone up.
water bottle: you should be drinking more water during pregnancy than you normally would. Obviously having a cute water bottle to take around with you will help you achieve that easily. I do not leave my house without my water bottle, especially since I live in the South and all of my babies have been end of summer/fall babies. You have to stay hydrated and the more water you drink the less crappy you feel! Plus this bottle in pink is really cute and will make you smile!
heating pad: it gets really painful in these last couple of months between leg cramps, hip pain and the never-ending back ache. I honestly do not know what I would do without my heating pad. Sleeping on your side all night can be super painful for your hips, so a heating pad eases that pain significantly. Also with the added weight of the baby causing your belly to reach out further, your lower back or even sciatic pain can easily be relived by just a few minutes with this awesome heating pad. Plus it comes with a super soft cover that I love!
comfortable bras: with the baby now pushing up into your ribs you probably find it pretty uncomfortable to get through an entire day with your cute, underwire, push up bra! That is why you need to switch to something stretchy, comfortable and still cute of course. I love this bra because it is also a nursing bra, so I usually get it one size up from what I would buy so I can use it for more than just a few months. I also love bralettes for the end of pregnancy, like these, because they too, are so comfortable.
loose tops: these are an absolute must have for me. I do not like spending money on maternity clothing unless it can also be used for nursing. What I do love buying is tops in a size or two larger than my normal size. That way I can still wear them after pregnancy with leggings, because as you probably already know I am a leggings lover! Since I live in the South these tanks are so adorable, comfy and lightweight that you can stock up on them and keep wearing them long after baby is born.
maternity leggings: if you have a baby that sits high then you may never find it necessary to buy any over the belly pants or leggings. For the mama who has baby sitting in your pelvis, like me with all four, then you know that anything under the belly is SO uncomfortable. The further along you are the more uncomfortable it is. These leggings grow with your belly and they have a built-in back support to ease pain and improve posture. So really for the price, they are so worth it!
supportive shoes: flats, sandals and boots are my footwear of choice, tennis shoes are not. I actually do not even wear tennis shoes, except when I am hitting the 25+ week mark of pregnancy lol. Between foot cramps, pain and swelling that you are about to start going through on a daily basis, tennis shoes are an absolute must. Not just any tennis shoes, but some actual supportive and comfortable tennis shoes, like these. Your feet will die without good shoes in the final wrap up of your pregnancy so do not skip out on getting comfy shoes.
maternity pillow: pillows are all over my bed. Without a maternity pillow I would have to have one behind my back, in between my legs, by my chest, under my head and under my butt/hips. My husband would not have anywhere to sleep if I did not use this pillow. I highly recommend getting one if you haven’t already because sleep may not have been too bad up until now, but it is only going to go downhill lol. This will definitely make those painful nights easier to sleep through and the cover is removable so you can easily wash it!
belly band: this belly band is my favorite. It is so supportive and when it lifts your belly up it takes so much pressure off your lower back. It also promotes better posture and without all of the back and belly pain you will definitely be more likely to keep getting around easily until the end.
zantac: I have the worst heartburn when I am pregnant. I cannot even drink a sip of water without fire in my chest, so I ALWAYS make sure I have Zantac in my medicine cabinet from the moment I get pregnant until the moment I give birth. It literally is gone the moment my babies leave the womb lol, it is so crazy! Anyway, if you are into all natural then that is fine, but this is what works for me. This is what I recommend to any soon to be mommy who is having a lot of heartburn and indigestion.
What are some things you can’t live without during the third trimester?
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