Pregnancy

3rd Trimester To Do

You’re nearly there! Hooray! I hope you’re just as excited as you are tired of being pregnant. Now that you’re here (or nearly there) let’s take a look at the things you should be taking care of in these final months.

Baby Movements

Keep track of your baby’s movements. If you notice less kicks it may mean there’s a problem and you should contact your doctor. It will also help you feel close to baby. It’s fun to talk with them while they’re moving and kicking around.

Pediatrician

Find a doctor for your baby. Most doctors should let you stop by and talk with them to see if the office (and doctor) is a good fit for you. You’re going to be seeing this doctor a lot, so you want to make sure you like them.

Baby Gear Set Up

Make sure baby’s room is all set up. Get used to working the stroller, get the car seat installed, and get that nursery set up how you want it. Getting familiar with how everything works will help prevent you from being tired with a crying baby and being outsmarted by a car seat. Plus, it can be a lot of fun. It’s a good way to use all that excited/nervous energy you may be having.

Laundry

Get all of your baby’s clothes and bedding washed now. You can get everything all organized and put away now. If you’re behind on your laundry, get that cleaned and put away as well. Don’t cheat and only wash your clothes and let them sit in dryer. It’ll be nice to be able to not worry about laundry for a week when you first get home with baby.

Hospital Bag

Get that hospital bag set up. If you have an extra charger, go ahead and put that in there. Trust me, it’s the obvious things that are easiest to forget. Regardless, make sure you’ve got some clothes for you, your partner, and baby.

Stock up on Personals

Make sure you have shampoo/conditioner, toilet paper, razors, body wash, etc. Get trash bags, soap, and anything else you can think of. Once again, it will be nice to have too many now. You don’t want to be exhausted and then have to run to the store because you are completely out of toilet paper.

Meals

Make some meals and freeze them now. Purchase freezer meals. Get a little stockpile of food. This is another way that you’re just making your life a little bit easier once you bring baby home.

Clean

Get your house as clean as you can. It will be nice when baby is home to have a clean house to come back too. You don’t want to be scrubbing dishes when you just want a bit of sleep. You may be dealing with nesting anyway, so you’ll probably find yourself compelled to do a bunch of cleaning anyway.

Keep Calm

You’re probably nervous and excited. Don’t worry! Practice some relaxation techniques. Treat yourself to a spa day. You’re going to make it through this. You’re going to see your baby and it’s going to be great. Don’t get yourself all worked up.

You’re almost there! This trimester do everything you can to make life easier after your return from the hospital. Also make sure you are taking care of yourself. Take time to yourself, get some special time with your partner, and try not to worry. It will all work out how and when it should.

So, let me know what you think! By the time I was in my third trimester I had nearly everything done and set up, so I just had nervous energy I couldn’t use. Did you like the list? Would you add anything different?

Thank you for reading and see you next time!

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Pregnancy

2nd Trimester to Do

Congratulations! You made it through the first trimester. A lot of people refer this to the honeymoon phase of being pregnant. A lot of women feel more energized than they did last trimester and hopefully your nausea is a bit better than the previous months as well. Whether or not you consider this the easier months, here is a list of things you should be looking at doing during the upcoming weeks.

Prepare for doctor visits

I religiously checked what each and every doctor visit would be like. I don’t like doctors and I like being prepared. You’ll be seeing your doctor roughly every four weeks. For the most part they’re all pretty standard. You’ll get weighed, blood pressure checked, and you’ll be able to talk to your doctor about any concerns. This trimester you’ll be taking the glucose test, so be prepared for that around weeks 24-28. Short version is that you’ll drink a sugary drink, they test your blood, and it will help determine if you have gestational diabetes. There’s a possibility of having to take this twice. One is short (about an hour), the other is three hours.

Decide if you want to know sex

This trimester you’ll get to discover the sex of the baby if you want to. You can opt to not know, have the doctor write it down so you can have a gender reveal party, or you can just find out when you’re getting the ultrasound.

Think about maternity/paternity leave

Will both parents be taking time off once the baby arrives? Some workplaces offer paternity/family leave for expecting parents. Figure out if this is offered, how long it is, if it’s paid/unpaid, and if this is something you’ll be able to take advantage of.

Mom, you get to find out how long your maternity leave is. If you’re newer at your job and FMLA doesn’t apply for you, then figure out how long you’re able to take leave for. Will you be returning to work or will you be staying home with baby?

Finances

Take a good look at your finances and cut back on things you don’t really need. Also, see if you can start saving any more money. Having a baby can definitely put a strain on your finances, but you can do it. This would be a good time to also decide if your family can afford either parent not going back to work.

Baby registry/showers

Decide whether you want to have a baby shower. If so, work on getting that planned out or find a helpful friend who would love to plan it for you (or at least help). Either way, I would make at least one baby registry. There are a lot of cool goodies/freebies you can get for creating registries. Amazon was my go to, the goodies were nice, and honestly it’s just so convenient. When people ask what you need you can direct them to your registry. Another tip, see which of your friends/family has had kids, odds are they have some things that they can give you.

Find/continue prenatal exercises

Keep up the pregnancy safe exercise! It is so good for you. If you take a class then you get the opportunity to meet and connect with people going through the same things you are. It can also keep you motivated to go. However, if a class isn’t for you, you can always find some pregnancy safe exercises online and do them right at home. Just make sure you get some movement in.

Drink water

This is very important through every single trimester. I still recommend getting a big water bottle and taking it with you wherever you go.

Adult time

Some people go with a babymoon, AKA a special holiday for you and your significant other. If this is your first baby, then you might want to take advantage of the last time you’ll be getting some peace and quiet. If this isn’t your first kid, you probably really want to take advantage of this one, just make sure you get someone to watch your other kids.
Even if you don’t think you’ll need one, I recommend doing something, even if it’s just dinner and a movie. It will be the last dinner and movie you’ll have for a while without either worrying about a babysitter and how your baby is doing or without a baby joining you for date night.

Maternity clothes

Get some comfy clothes for you! My main goal while pregnant was comfort. I didn’t care what I looked like as long as I felt good. However, there were times when I was bummed I didn’t have clothes other than yoga pants. So, while I don’t think you should feel obligated to dress up and look nice all the time, you may want to get a couple of cute, flattering clothes as well.

Begin preparing pets and/or other kids

Don’t forget that this is going to be a transition for your other kids (yes, the furry ones as well). Talk to your human kids (if you have them) to try and help them with the transition to getting a new brother or sister. If you have pets, mix up your schedule a bit from day to day and getting them used to walking while you push a stroller. They’re your babies too, so try to make this easier for them as well.

There you have it, some of my second trimester things you should be doing. While you’re busy getting everything prepared try to take some time to enjoy where you are. Being pregnant can be overwhelming at times, so make sure you find some good and remember that too.

Let me know what you think and I will see you next time!

Pregnancy

1st Trimester To Do

So, you’re pregnant. Yay! You’re probably excited and nervous for what the upcoming months have in store for you. Today let’s take a look at the things you should be taking care of during the beginning of your pregnancy.

Start (or continue) taking prenatal vitamins

It’s important to make sure that you and baby are getting the proper amount of nutrients. Prenatal vitamins also contain four important nutrients during pregnancy: folic acid, iron, vitamin D, and calcium. You will continue prenatal vitamins after you give birth. Most women continue them until they finish breastfeeding.

Find your doctor/Make appointment

If you already know who you want to deliver your baby, then great, go ahead and make an appointment to confirm your pregnancy. If not, then do some research and then make an appointment. You’ll be seeing a lot of this doctor and the staff, so make sure you like who you’re seeing. Don’t feel like you need to continue with the doctor you initially chose.

Stop smoking and drinking

If you smoke or drink it’s time to stop. Both habits are linked to negatives for your baby and can be very dangerous. Maybe pick up some of those fancy juices that look like champagne, but are just juice. When I was pregnant I got these on special occasions, put it in a fancy glass, and added fruit. Sure, it wasn’t alcohol, but I did feel more included with my fancy drink.

Eat healthier

You shouldn’t be eating junk food at every meal (and snack) just because you’re pregnant. You want to be getting a lot of good nutrients for you and baby. Yes, even now, at the beginning of the pregnancy. It’s honestly a good lifestyle change to make anyway. Use this as an excuse to get some healthy food into your house.

Get a pregnancy app

While not necessary, I found my pregnancy app a bunch of fun. It allowed me to track my health and informed me how my baby was developing. Take a look through your phone’s app store and give one a try.

Drink water

It is so important to get the right amount of water every day. Just like eating healthy, use your pregnancy to start a good habit. Try purchasing a big water bottle, take it with you everywhere, and make sure you use it!

Start a prenatal exercise routine

Make sure you run your exercises past your doctor to make sure that they’re okay for you. It’s good to stay active during your pregnancy. Prenatal specific exercises also help your body prepare for labor. I did prenatal yoga and it was a great time for me to unwind and relax.

Kegels

Again, find an app on your phone and download it. Kegels during pregnancy can help minimize hemorrhoids and decreased bladder control. They will also prepare those muscles for your labor and delivery. On top of that, after pregnancy Kegels help promote healing and strengthens the pelvic floor again. Stay consistent. I sporadically did Kegels during my pregnancy. A couple days here and then a couple days break. I think I would have felt more empowered and in control during my labor if I had remained more consistent.

Start talking parenting

Start talking with your partner about how you want to raise your child together. Do you want to work after you give birth? Who will take care of making food and cleaning while you heal? There’s a variety of topics that will need to start getting discussed so neither of you are blindsided when the baby gets here.

There you have it. Things you should definitely start getting taken care of in the first trimester. Let me know what you think. Are there things you would add in?