How are you feeling? What are your third trimester symptoms? How do you manage them?
The third trimester has actually been pretty easy this time around! I still have lots of energy and I'm definitely "nesting." The only negative symptoms I'm experiencing are round ligament pains and trouble sleeping. I'm finding it difficult to fall asleep at night and stay asleep through the night. I wake up around 3 am and my body feels like it's ready to start the day! I have trouble getting back to sleep after that. I don't feel rested when I wake up at 7 am because of the interrupted sleep. I'm also struggling with round ligament pain randomly at night. Unfortunately, it's so painful that it wakes me up and I can't get back to sleep until the pain goes away.
Managing sleep is difficult but I'm doing what I can. I try to avoid screens in the evening and keep my phone out of bed. I have been drinking a nice sleepy time tea and trying to relax an hour before I want to actually go to bed. This isn't always possible with our kids, but I'm aware of preparing my body for sleep and trying to make it a priority. When I do wake up in the middle of the night I make sure to avoid any artificial lights and not to get on my phone. It's pretty boring just waiting to be tired again when I'd rather listen to a podcast or mindlessly scroll through instagram! Avoiding all light helps SO much and I know I have to do it!
What's your favorite 3rd trimester pregnancy hack?
Oh gosh... Not sure if this counts or not, but putting self-care at the top of my to do list is my favorite "hack." This is something that Brian and I both struggle with. I'm sure a lot of parents struggle with this! We are always putting everyone else's needs before ours. It's almost like we have to re-wire our brain to slow down and relax. This will always be a work in progress as I am naturally a hard-worker and will push myself too extremes if I have a goal I want to accomplish. I'm taking time to sit down and drink tea while listening to a podcast or reading a book. I'm focusing on eating slower and just doing everything in the moment. This has been beneficial to me and my family. Self care, mindfulness, and avoiding stress are absolutely important and SO necessary!
My diet in the third trimester
I'm eating a much stricter diet as my due date approaches. There are two reasons for this. The first is that I had postpartum depression with both of my kids. I know we went through a lot of horrible things as a family within the first days of delivering our babies. That certainly contributed to WHY I was so severely depressed... I mean, besides the intense change in hormones that comes along with having a baby. I've never written about these life-shattering events that we went through, but I think I will in the next few weeks. It's important to share and now seems like the right time. As far as combating depression with diet, I'm increasing the amount of healthy fats and eating more foods rich in B-vitamins. Hopefully we don't have any majorly traumatic events happen this time around and I won't even have PPD.
The second reason I'm eating much healthier is because my son had terrible acid reflux and I had to eliminate a lot of foods when I was nursing him. Right now I'm eating pretty much dairy free with the exception of grass-fed butter and full fat greek yogurt just in case we get another baby with acid reflux. The final change in my diet is due to my lack of movement. I'm not as active as I usually am which changes how many carbohydrates I'll eat in a day. It also changes where I get my carbs from. Most of my carbs are from starchy vegetables like sweet potatoes. I've also cut back on eating nightshades and pretty much eliminated refined sugar from my diet (another change just in case we have another baby with acid reflux or thrush).
My workout routine in the third trimester
This has been the most disappointing part of my pregnancy. I explained in my second trimester recap that I can't do anything strenuous because I'll immediately get crippling ligament pains. I am doing what I can as far as movement and I've learned to accept that I can't do an hour of intense or even moderate exercise. I'm walking a lot; I make sure to get at least 10,000 steps in each day. The weather is getting nicer so I have been able to take the kids out for nature walks and hikes. I'm taking it slow and enjoying each day! Not too worried about exercise right now.
My favorite 3rd trimester products
- Pregnancy pillow for better/more comfortable sleep.
- Yoga ball to help baby get in the head down position.
- Belly Butter to prevent stretch marks and keep skin hydrated.
- Third trimester tea for labor preparation and as a uterine toner
- Prenatal/Omega 3
- Healthy snacks readily available
- Comfy clothes & slippers
- Foam roller for proper blood circulation.