Thursday, 21 March 2013

5 Third Trimester Essentials I Couldn't Live Without


You've arrived at your third trimester! The home stretch, the part where it all starts happening, more appointments, a more noticeable bump, baby showers, excitement - eeek! I've been putting together a list of pregnancy essentials (Click the links for the first and second trimesters), and here's my list for number three!

1. Bump Bands

Bump bands. Whoever invented these, you are a god-send. Not only have they enabled me to extend my pregnancy wardrobe (see my tip on how to make your non-maternity jeans last throughout pregnancy), but for someone like me, who is carrying her bump all out front, they have become a massive, literal support. And meant that at 39.5 weeks, even when my maternity tops are starting to let in a draft underneath my bump, I don't have to worry about revealing any skin. They can be expensive but I found that the pack from New Look for £9.99 did the job perfectly.

2. Iron Tablets
Right, so you were supposed to be taking all those pregnancy supplements but let's face it, once you were out the danger zone and you started to get comfortable with your pregnant state you got a bit slack didn't you? Don't! I entered my third trimester full of hope and optimism. I was just beginning my maternity leave, it was a new year, I would have three months of doing nothing to, you know, do things! And yet, I couldn't drag myself out of bed before 11am (and then it took two more hours to shower and face the day!). I couldn't do simple tasks like climbing stairs without becoming severely short of breath. I just wanted to lie about in my pyjamas and never do anything again. I was even having little faints every now and again and thought nothing of it! Well, I am pregnant, I thought, this must be what pregnancy is like! NO! 

Once my 28 week blood tests came back it became clear that I was actually low on iron. Not by much; my count was 10 and 'normal' is 11. But it was enough to have such an effect that I lost January in a haze of anaemic laziness. Within days of taking iron tablets I was back to my energetic self, walking everywhere, being productive and cheerful. I'm still on them, raising your iron count is a slow process, but if you're feeling anything like what I've described, mention it to your midwife! It's important!

3. Exercise Ball

As I entered my third trimester I began to get severe shooting pains in my hip and pelvic area whenever I climbed stairs, got dressed, twisted, bent down. It wasn't pleasant and is a recognised problem in pregnancy, though my midwife didn't appear to know much about it. So I started sitting on my exercise ball every day whilst at the laptop. I can honestly say that although I still get the odd twinge, it's nowhere near as bad as it used to be. I'll also be using it during labour and then for pilates post-pregnancy so well worth the investment. Head to Sports Direct as they generally stock them for under £10.

4. Maternity Pillow










Trouble sleeping in pregnancy? Get yourself a maternity pillow (or two... or three!). My sleeping has generally been pretty undisturbed - I'm one of the lucky ones. But it has been helped by a v-shaped pillow. Stick one 'arm' between your legs, support your bump with the curve, and lie on the other 'arm' (because I'm short mine reaches as far as my face) - super comfy! I'd also recommend one to anyone who wants to sit up and read in bed (pregnant or not!) and you can use it as a feeding support pillow post-birth as well. For me, the v-shaped pillow was sufficient, but people I know have stocked up on every variety imaginable and swear by them! Mine was £20 from Mothercare.

5. Pampering Goodies
Let's face it, once baby comes, your life is no longer your own. Bubble baths and manicures will be a distant memory of someone who once was. So make every effort to create your own home spa now! I neglected this area until a few weeks ago. I was gifted so many pampering goodies at my baby shower I thought I'd better get using them now before baby interrupts all my 'me' time!

Why did I not do this before?! Seriously, third trimester, lock yourself in the bathroom at least once a week, take some time to yourself, just you and bump, relax, unwind, make yourself feel good and emerge a new woman! (I'll probably run some reviews in the near future of some of my favourite products, specifically for those with sensitive, eczema prone skin, keep an eye out!).

What are your third trimester essentials? Comment below!

Missed the previous posts? Click the links for Trimester One and Two.

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15 comments:

  1. An awesome list - I defo recommend lots of pamper time - I can't remember the last time I got to have a bath without someone interrupting it to go to the loo! ;) I also brought a pregnancy pillow when I was preggers with Daisy (a huuuuge 12 foot u-shaped one) and I just love it! It got used again with Evie and even now, whenever the OH is on a nightshift I get it out of the airing cupboard and sleep in the middle of it! Soooo comfy and cosy! Thanks for linking up to Modern Mummy Loves :) x

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    1. Thanks Katy! Sometimes I wonder what our mothers did without all these amazingly designed shaped pillows!

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  2. i loved my support pillow with my SPD and i still use it now and he is nearly 2!

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    1. I think mine will be a permanent fixture in our bed now! I've always been one for lots of pillows!

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    1. Totally - such a small, simple thing but so incredibly useful!

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  4. I loved my bump band particularly being pregnant in the summer they were great to wear under dresses and my maternity pillow was a godsend (although I don't think my husband agreed, it did take up quite a lot of room in the bed!) #PoCoLo

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    1. Haha I think my OH can put up with one in our kingsize bed (I'm only 4ft11in so surely I can be afforded a little extra room!). But I know my SIL had two and my BIL nicknamed one The Great Divide as he couldn't get anywhere near her!

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  5. Good list, takes me back to those days with a smile on my face :) I still have the exercise ball - really must sell it!! And I agree re the pampering. You deserve it. Do it now while you have the chance. Go!!

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  6. Thanks steph! Yep I indulged in a good pampering session last night, so good!

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  7. Oh how I wish I knew about bump bands when I was pregnant! I loved my support pillow and exercise ball though. Thank you for linking up for some #PoCoLo x

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  8. Your thing about the supplements made me smile! Yes, I got lazy, I admit it... Iron supplements are a really good tip actually, so many pregnant women are slightly anaemic. And post birth too!

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    1. Yes, I forget to take them at my peril and my levels are approaching normal! My incentive was the realisation that if your iron is too low they don't let you give birth in the Midwife Led Unit - you become high risk! Eeeek! Must get better! Thanks for stopping by!

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