For many women, the third trimester is the most enjoyable part of pregnancy, as morning sickness has generally abated and they are getting closer to meeting their baby. During the final months of gestation, the fetus is putting on weight and developing abilities that will help it survive outside the uterus. It is therefore important for you to continue practicing good health habits—especially because this will help you have more energy once the baby arrives!
In order to minimize your risk of health complications and facilitate your baby’s growth and development, it’s important to retain sensible eating habits. While you may be experiencing cravings for sweets or salty snacks, try to consume most of your calories from produce, whole grains, and lean proteins. Remember to avoid mercury-containing fish such as shark, king mackerel, tilefish, and swordfish, and prevent listeriosis by thoroughly washing fruits and vegetables and heating deli meats before consuming them.
While your body adjusts to your growing belly, you may experience back pain, swollen ankles, and constipation. The discomfort caused by these conditions can be minimized with regular exercise, so ask your physician for suggestions in formulating a workout routine. Keep in mind that your center of gravity will be different from what you are used to, so avoid activities that present a risk of falling.
Between excitement over having a baby, stress over preparing for the birth, and physical discomfort, sleeping during your last trimester can be difficult. Practice relaxation techniques such as meditation or ask your partner for a bedtime massage. Having a number of pillows in varying levels of firmness can help you find a comfortable position.
Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center offers a Family Birthing Center complete with private delivery rooms, a neonatal intensive care unit, and surgical suites for cesarean births. We also provide classes for expectant parents to prepare for childbirth and breastfeeding. Call (877) 888-5746 to preregister for your delivery!