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Third trimester- General dos and don'ts

third trimester

For most of the women, the third trimester of pregnancy is an anxious time. You’re in the home stretch and excited to meet your baby-to-be. But you’re also busy making preparations for your new addition while trying to stay healthy and comfortable.

Here’s a list of dos and don’ts during this trimester that will help you make it safely and comfortably to delivery day.

 

Dos

  • Do track baby’s movement in your fetus:

Movement is an important sign of the fetus wellbeing so pay close attention to these movements. If you are not feeling much movement do consult your doctor.

 

  • Start with breathing exercise and pelvic exercises:

Breathing exercise is integral as you start getting breathless more often. Pelvic stretching during the 8th month of pregnancy must be started in order to strengthen muscles and bring more flexibility to your body.

 

  • Drink more water:

Drinking more water will help relieve constipation and heartburn during pregnancy.

 

  • Prepare a go-to-hospital bag checklist for mom and baby:

That checklist should contains all the needful items like your and baby’s clothing. This bag will be carried off at the time of your delivery so pack all your essentials.

 

  • Prepare yourself for breastfeeding:

You can start massaging your nipples after 36 weeks to avoid soreness and make your breasts ready for the little one.

 

Don’ts

  • Avoid travelling:

Travelling might increase risk of blood clot formation due to prolonged sitting, exposure to infection ad unexpected miscarriage or pregnancy complication. If you have unavoidable travel, do stretch your legs and walk around atleast every 1-2 hours.

 

  • Don’t sleep on your back:

The heavy uterus can reduce blood flow to the uterus and fetus when you lie on your back in this trimester. Try to sleep on your left side as it is the safest position during this trimester as the uterus naturally rotates to the right during pregnancy and lying on your left side will bring it more towards the center and improve blood flow. A pillow placed between your legs or a long body pillow to support your back is often helpful.

 

  • Don’t consume alcohol or smoke:

Do not smoke or take alcohol or even be in the company of smokers (passive) – especially during third trimester.

 

  • Stay away from stress:

Stay away from all kinds of negativity as it is a crucial time for you. Stress might affect your blood pressure and that will not be good for you and your baby. Stress might affect your baby in a bad way so try to remain calm as much as you can.

 

  • Avoid overexertion:

As you battle through mood swings, you may think going to work is the best way to keep yourself distracted. But, remember not to hunch over your work desk or sit for longer time periods as it may lead to back pain and tiredness in a matter of few hours. Standing tall will create more space for the baby and help you breathe. 


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