The third trimester is an exciting time in your pregnancy. Your belly is round and beautiful, your skin has that mama-glow and finally, everything is just starting to feel a little more “real”. But during this third trimester, it might also seem like your list is piling up. But mama’s don’t let all of these “things” get in your way. Try to stay calm and focused in your third trimester by trying out these fool-proof homestretch tips!
Only Do One Extra Thing Everyday
In order to avoid hyper-activity and stress, be sure that you are limiting the number of tasks that you give yourself each day. Try really hard to just do one extra thing each day. So, if you’re packing your hospital bag on Monday, then save doing your laundry for Tuesday. All of these things will get done eventually, so there is no need to do them all at one time. Make a list early in your week of everything you want to do and then distribute these projects evenly throughout the week.
Ask for Help
Sometimes the hardest thing to do is ask for help. But mamas, you can’t always do it all– especially with that growing belly. So, find someone that you rely on and trust and don’t be ashamed to ask for help! Build a strong support system around you of encouraging people. The more help you are able to get, the less alone and overwhelmed you will feel. Just because you’re asking for help doesn’t mean you’re weak.
Make Some Freezer Meals
Chances are, when you come home from the hospital, you’re going to want some good home cooking. But the reality is, you certainly won’t want to cook it! So, a few weeks before baby is due, take some time off and make some frozen meals. Trust me, you’ll thank yourself later. You might even want to recruit some girlfriends to come over and help. This way, when you get home from the hospital, all you’ll have to do is grab a bag from the freezer and warm it up. Super simple and way better for you and baby than ordering a pizza.
Get Your Car Seat Installed
One major stressor for a lot of people is actually installing their carseat. Car seats can, after all, be really challenging to put into your car. So, in the final weeks leading up to your birth, call your hospital and figure out where you can go locally to have someone install your seat for you. Most fire stations and hospitals have people who can check your carseat to make sure that it is properly installed and ready for baby!
Get Your House Ready
Towards the end of your pregnancy, embrace your urges to nest! Preparing and cleaning your home will be a welcomed relief when you return from the hospital with your baby. By cleaning your house now, it becomes one less thing you have to worry about later. Plus, cleaning your house is a simple physical activity you can do to help keep your mind clear.
In these last few weeks, try to embrace your pregnancy as much as possible. This journey is nearing an end and it’s important that you are able to positively focus on what lies ahead.
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