As the third trimester progresses, I’ve heard so many pregos say that they just can’t wait for it to be over. And it’s true; not only are we excited to meet our babies, 9 months is a loooong time to go without certain things we love (in my case, cocktails and bandage dresses). Plus, many of us experience some degree of discomfort as our babies grow, and sometimes we just want our bodies back!
Still, there are so many ways to enjoy pregnancy at 7 (almost 8) months, and here are just a few.
- Keep doing what you love – Preg fatigue sometimes makes it tempting to sit out activities that you usually enjoy, mostly because you’re sooo tired. News flash: The best way to energize yourself is to do what you love! Initiating the activity will be the hardest part, but once you’re up and about, you’ll feel so vivacious that you’ll forget all about feeling tired or cumbersome.
- Stay social – Just as some pregnant women skip out on their favorite activities, time with friends might take the backseat, since the couch looks oh-so-inviting. Resist the urge to become a prego hermit, and go out with your friends! Have date nights with your significant other. Remember that after your baby is born, it will be much harder to go out, so live it up now! Your zest for life will increase, and your mood will be as insta-lifted as your boobies in your favorite going-out push-up bra. 🙂
- Feel beautiful – Take care of yourself throughout your pregnancy, even though you might not feel like it. Keep up your beauty routine just as you would if you weren’t pregnant. And don’t forget to dress cute! I know that it’s what’s inside that truly counts, but feeling beautiful puts an extra bounce in your step and a brighter smile on your face, adding to that lovely preg glow.
- Don’t worry, be happy – The last trimester can be a bit stressful, since there’s so much to think about. First there are the battery of tests you have to take (i.e. anemia, screening for gestational diabetes), and then there are the bi-weekly doctor’s appointments. On top of that, you’re preparing your house and your life for baby. But just take a deep breath and remember that this is an awesome time. It’s the best time of your life. You’re giving life, and in only a few more weeks, you’ll be meeting this amazing little creature to love. Know that, in a pregnancy, there are some things you can control (healthy eating, exercise) and some things you can’t (situations, genetic health complications). Control the factors you can, and just go with everything else. You’ll be happier–and mentally healthier–for it.
- Start prepping for baby – Organizing your baby shower, putting together the baby registry, buying cribs… All of these things are so much fun, and make the blessed event feel much more real. Another word about preparedness: If you’re going to be ordering any baby furniture from a store, make sure to allow at least 6-8 weeks before baby’s due date, since that’s often how long it takes before the furniture will be shipped in. Buying a crib is almost like buying a wedding dress, minus all the fittings. If you don’t have that much time, Amazon has a great selection of cribs cheaper than you can find them in stores.
- Stay active – Exercise might be the last thing you feel like doing, but it’s so beneficial throughout pregnancy. Just a walk on the beach or an hour of prenatal yoga can do wonders for both your muscle tone and your energy level. I love the All Belly Pregnancy workout, and have stuck to it throughout my second and third trimesters. (First trimester, I continued my normal workout routine, which had been approved by my physician.) Working out and staying toned throughout pregnancy has so many benefits: healthy weight gain, less strain on joints, decreased risk of swelling… The list goes on and on!
- Don’t expect too much of yourself all the time – Preg or not, we all have our good days and bad days, and sometimes, when we’re pregnant, the bad days can just feel worse. Thank you, rapidly fluctuating hormones! On those days, be kind to yourself. Indulge in a nap or a little time in the sun. Resting up and taking care of yourself on the bad days will make the good ones feel even better.
Pregos out there, how are you blissing out during your third trimester? I’d love to hear your thoughts!