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8 Genuine Reasons Your Third Trimester Is the Best

Pregnancy is a pretty amazing event if you stop to think about it. Yes, there are plenty of aches and pains that come with pregnancy, but today we’re focusing on the positive!

Here are our 8 reasons your third trimester is the best one:

  1. You can totally pull the “I’m not feeling up to it” card to get out of pretty much anything—chores, grocery store trips, taking the car in for an oil change, etc.
  2. You can switch between the same two outfits for a few months, and nobody notices.
  3. Lines to use the bathroom magically part for you and restaurant employees let you use their bathroom even if you walked in off the street and have no intention buying anything.
  4. No one expects you to help carry anything.
  5. You might feel like a beached whale, but you’re a whale with GORGEOUS hair!
  6. Strangers smile at you in public, and you don’t even feel that creeped out. You even kind of like it, just so they don’t try to touch your belly.
  7. Many women spent their whole life trying to hide their stomach flab. But now, you’re totally comfortable having your belly on full display.
  8. When going out for food with friends, everyone always submits to your wishes on which dish to order.

Why You Shouldn’t Do These 7 Things If You’re Pregnant

Being pregnant can be both magical and scary. A fetus develops into a full-fledged, kicking, wiggling baby. But at the same time, everyone from your great aunt to the stranger at the grocery store is giving you their unsolicited advice.

It’s hard to separate old wives’ tales from fact. So, here are 7 things you definitely shouldn’t do when you’re pregnant, and why:

  1. Don’t travel
    There’s the packing, then the mad scramble to get everything you forgot to pack. You’re either cooped up in a plane or a car, and you’ll have to get up to pee every 10 minutes, bothering everyone who isn’t pregnant. When you get to your destination, chances are there won’t be nearly enough pillows (see #3), and new smells everywhere may make you nauseous. Your best bet is to stay home if you can, with your own safe pillow nest.
  2. Don’t move furniture
    Since there aren’t any safe limits which can be medically recommended for moving furniture while you’re pregnant, your best bet is to avoid it.
  3. Don’t hold back on the pillows
    You’ll probably come to find that it’s difficult to get comfy enough to sleep while you’re pregnant. A good idea is to use lots of pillows! You could use two up at your head, one at your side, and one between your legs to help with lower back pain. Or, you can get one of those sweet C-shaped pillows custom-designed for moms-to-be. Here’s a link to a great one:  Leachco Snoogle Total Body Pillow.
  4. Don’t worry about stretch marks
    You’ll probably get them, and then have a good cry about them. Your body is stretching to make room for your baby, so there will be stretch marks. They will fade, or they’ll look like tiger stripes. So, don’t stress!
  5. Don’t bring home a new pet
    When you’re pregnant, you don’t have the ability or the time to potty train a puppy. If you do, the dog’s first few weeks in the house will be full of upheaval which isn’t fair to him, to you, or to your new baby.
  6. Don’t skip having a baby shower
    You’ll discover that there are baby products out there that you need, but you never knew existed (this goes especially to first-time moms!) Plus, it’s an opportunity for those who love you to gift you these products. Baby stuff is expensive, and every present means something you won’t have to buy.
  7. Don’t be too attached to your birth plan
    It’s important to be flexible with your birth plan because it’s impossible to predict what will happen. Also, staying flexible will make your labor less stressful for you.

10 More Fun Ideas on What to Do During Your Last Trimester!

go on a fun shopping trip during your last trimester!This list is a follow-up to “10 Fun Ideas of What to Do During Your Last Trimester!”

Today, we’re sharing 10 more fun activities you can do to pass the time when you’re waiting for labor to start:

1. Treat yourself to a pedicure
2. Squeeze in as many date nights as possible
3. Do you plan to breastfeed? Learn as much about it as you can so if something goes wrong, you’ll be prepared
4. Get maternity photos taken
5. Go shopping with your mom, because once you deliver, she may be your main babysitter! (Plus you can help induce labor by walking around all day)
6. Get a massage
7. Stock up on essentials like toilet paper and laundry detergent
8. Prep meals and stuff them in the freezer, so you’ll have easy meals after you deliver
9. Sleep!
9. Drink tea that’s specifically designed for the last trimester. This tea preps your body for labor and helps with leg cramps: Earth Mama Angel Baby Organic Third Trimester Tea
10. Spend lots of time with your friends who don’t have kids yet

The 6 Best Books to Read When You’re Pregnant

pregnant woman reading in her kitchenWhen you’re expecting and educating yourself about pregnancy, labor, and delivery, books are great at giving you the big picture. These books remind you that women have been giving birth for a long time and our bodies are equipped to deliver a baby. Whether you have a birth plan or not, they’re a good read!

  1. The Panic-Free Pregnancy
    Written by a doctor, this book talks about the lifestyle issues and questions that every pregnant woman has. You’ll discover what’s an old wives’ tale and what’s really true!
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  3. Debunking the Bump
    Packed with practical, easy-to-follow guidance and clear explanations of pregnancy risks and trade-offs. The author breaks down what’s really a danger during pregnancy and what the risk is.
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  5. The Girlfriends’ Guide to Pregnancy
    Very informative book, without being too scary. This fun book tells it like it is and gives you info on pregnancy in a non-scary, friendly, way.
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  7. Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy
    Many pregnant women actually like this book better than the popular “What to Expect” series, so that’s saying something! It’s written by reliable professionals in a clear yet professional way, and it gives info pregnancy, childbirth and your newborn.
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  9. Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth
    The author is an expert in the field of midwifery and has been bringing babies into the world for more than 30 years. Many women have felt more confident about their body’s ability to give birth after reading this book!
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  11. Birthing from Within
    This book is designed to give you a feeling of real control and empowerment about your birthing experience. It will help you get in touch with yourself and make your delivery a more positive experience.

Cholestasis?! What It Is and How to Deal

Pregnancy comes with a lot of aches, pains, and minor complications. Typically they’re just annoyances that go away, and rarely become something serious.

Most of you have probably heard of preeclampsia. But you probably haven’t heard of Cholestasis. It’s a liver disorder that might show up during pregnancy. Usually, it’ll show up in the third trimester, and no one knows yet exactly why it happens. It causes a backlog of bile acids in the bloodstream when your liver all of a sudden stops moving the bile acid out of its cells.

So how do you know if you have Cholestasis? You’ll feel itchy, starting on the soles of your feet and palms of your hands. Other symptoms can include dark urine, pale poop, and sometimes jaundice.

As one woman shares, “I remember that one day my feet were just bit itchy. But by that night, I wished I could scratch them right off! The itching spread to my hands and then my arms and legs. I tried lotion and antihistamines, but they didn’t help.”

If you think you have Cholestasis, tell your doctor. They’ll ask you to come in for some bloodwork. If you do have it, they’ll probably prescribe you a medication called Ursodeoxycholic Acid. It’ll likely reduce (or even get rid of!) the itching. Your doctor will also give some tips and monitor your pregnancy more closely because having this disease puts your baby at a higher risk.

If you’d like to learn more info, try visiting www.icpcare.org. They also have a great Facebook page and support group. The good news is that everything should go back to normal pretty quickly after you deliver!

 

Why Is Water So Important During Pregnancy?

When you’re pregnant, you’ll need to drink lots of water and other fluids. Fluid helps your body grow new cells, process nutrients, and regulate body temp. You’ll probably feel better during your pregnancy if you drink more water than usual!

Studies have shown that for every 15 calories your body burns, you need around one tablespoon of water. So if you burn 2,000 calories each day, you’ll need to drink about two quarts of water! Your calorie needs will increase when you’re pregnant, so that also means drinking more water. A good goal is six to eight glasses a day. Make sure you sip water throughout the day and decrease how much you drink later on in the day. That will save you a few bathroom trips in the middle of the night!

Water is your best source of fluid. But, you can also try milk, vegetable juice, fruit juice, and certain teas. We say “certain teas” because some aren’t safe for pregnant women. Share the type of tea you’d like to drink your doctor, and he or she can let you know if it’s safe. Other ways to reach your goal of fluid consumption are by eating fruits and veggies, milk products, and meat.

Avoid drinking coffee and cola, which may have sodium and caffeine in them. Sodium and caffeine are diuretics, which will actually increase your water needs!

Common pregnancy complaints such as uterine cramping, headaches, and bladder infections may be helped by drinking water.

You can check the color of your pee to find out if you’re getting enough water. If it’s clear to light yellow, you’re getting enough. If it’s dark yellow, definitely up your fluid intake. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink water because by that point you’ve already lost around 1% of your body’s fluids.

10 Fun Ideas of What to Do During Your Last Trimester

When you’re in the home stretch of your pregnancy, it might feel like it’s taking forever for your baby to arrive! Here are some fun activities you can do to pass the time:

1. Get a pregnancy massage.
2. Sleep, rest, and watch Netflix
3. Follow whatever whim you have, whether it’s a relaxing bath or a pedicure.
4. Go to a movie by yourself
5. Go out to dinner with some friends
6. Learn how all the baby gear you have (like strollers and car seats) work
7. Make double the food you’d usually make for every meal, and freeze the leftovers.
8. Eat ice cream
9. Get a haircut, color, and salon blowout
10. Enjoy a nice, long hot shower

How to Cope With Your Pregnancy Exhaustion

Pregnancy exhaustion at its finest!Are you totally exhausted and feel tired all the time now that you’re pregnant? In this article, we’re going to share the causes behind your pregnancy exhaustion, plus tips on how to feel better!

What causes pregnancy exhaustion?

Total fatigue! Your body’s working so hard at keeping you going while supporting the new life inside you. You’re using up more water and nutrients, producing more blood, and your heart rate is up. A hormone called progesterone might also increase your fatigue since more of it is circulating through your system nowadays. AND, you’re experiencing so many more emotions in your mind, which can make you feel overwhelmed.

How can you find relief from pregnancy exhaustion?

Rest, rest, and more rest! Go to bed earlier at night, take breaks during your day, and nap whenever possible. On your breaks, get yourself a nice drink of water or juice and put your feet up. It’s OK to stop doing additional activities for now. That means not attempting to do it all: rush to parties, renovate your house, and learn how to play guitar all at once! Allow yourself and your body plenty of rest time.

It’s still smart to exercise, provided you feel up to it. You can really get an energy boost by going to prenatal yoga or taking a brisk walk outside. Make sure to eat foods with protein, as well as veggies and fruits. It’ll help fuel your body!

What to Eat When You’ve Got Morning Sickness

If you’re suffering from morning sickness, you might be wondering what kind of food you can possibly stomach. Here are some nourishing and comforting foods to try:

Guacamole
Here’s a dip that’s packed with nutrients and is tasty yet mild enough for your upset stomach! Avocados are an excellent source of monounsaturated fats (also known as “good” fats) and omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for your heart. Guac also has nutrients like vitamins E and K, fiber, folate, iron, potassium, and magnesium.

Something with ginger

Ginger is recommended to pregnant women a lot because of its soothing effects on a queasy stomach. You can try ginger candies or ginger tea. If you’ve been chewing on ice to help with your nausea, just freeze some ginger tea in small ice trays. It’ll create icy lozenges that you can safely suck on. Or, drop your frozen lozenges into a glass of water or seltzer.

Crackers

Keep a stash of dry crackers (like Saltines) on your nightstand. Munch on them when you wake up to fight off morning sickness. Many pregnant women get up during the night to pee lots of times. If this sounds like you, eat a few crackers while you’re up. It’s also a good idea to snack on some before you go to bed, to kick queasiness to the curb.

Soup

When you’re feeling nauseous, soup is warm and soothing. Plus, it’s not so filling that it’ll complicate an upset stomach. Aim for a simple, mild soup like chicken noodle soup or even plain bone broth.

 

Make sure to tell your doctor if you’re experiencing severe morning sickness. If you vomit blood or something that looks like coffee grounds, throw up more than three times a day, or feel sick after your fourth month of pregnancy, call them right away!

 

Post-Delivery Care Tips

Post-Delivery CareCongratulations! Your pregnancy is finally over, and you have a precious new baby in your arms!

You’ll probably have questions about self-care and care for your baby. This info will help you to care for yourself and your baby during the weeks before your first visit to your doctor.

Visitors

Limit visitors to close family members or those who bring food or help with your housework or other children. Many new moms have found it beneficial to set up a “meal train” website to coordinate meals, and so that people know what kind of meals to bring and when.

Your visitors shouldn’t have any signs of infection or illness. Make sure that everyone washes his or her hands with soap and water before holding (or touching) your baby. You might hang up a sign on your front door that sweetly says something like “Welcome! We’re so happy to see you! Since our baby is new to the world and can’t yet fight germs, please wash your hands before laying them on this new little one.”

Outings

For the first six weeks, avoid close contact with crowds. Newborn babies and their mamas don’t need any unnecessary exposure to illnesses. But don’t think that you must stay at home for these six weeks! You probably will want to get out of the house for a little outing with your little one. A short walk around the block with your babe or dining out might be really therapeutic for you and prevent cabin fever.

Rest

All new moms need rest after the physical demands of labor, birth, and now caring for a newborn. Plus, there are the emotional demands that a new baby puts on you. You’ll probably be exhausted, so rest a lot. When the baby naps, lay down for a nap as well.

Try and limit how much time you spend sitting. Lying down or standing up helps you heal and will probably be more comfortable. If the weather lets you, take short walks outside each day.

You can do light housework if you feel up to it. When your family and friends ask if they can help, take them up on the offer! They can make meals, vacuum, do laundry, and heavy cleaning.

If you have stairs in your house, climb them carefully and slowly. Don’t lift anything over 10 pounds for two weeks after vaginal delivery or six weeks after C-section. Ask your doctor how long to wait before driving a car.