How is it already the third trimester? Feels like just the other day I was rounding up my first trimester must-haves. You’ll notice there is a common theme amongst these third trimester must-have products. It involves pain relief and leakproof aid! Read on to find out the essentials that have been getting me through third trimester.
1 // Pelvic Floor Exerciser
Have you been doing your daily set of kegels to build up strong pelvic floor muscles? *Cue prompt to do some now* I’ve been reading how important it is to build a strong pelvic floor for delivery, so naturally I took to seeing what’s out there. This pelvic floor exerciser is used to train pelvic floor muscles and tighten your thighs, butt and lower ab muscles. It’s weird but anything helps right?
2 // Blanqi Maternity Leggings
I swear by these leggings. They’re so comfy and stretchy but the best thing about these is its absorbent and high quality material. Can’t go wrong with a pair or two of these that you can wear postpartum too.
3 // Almond Oil
This is the best stuff to slather on your belly post-shower. It’s non-greasy and it absorbs onto your skin within minutes. I have sensitive skin and did not experience any breakouts or itchiness with this oil. This stuff is also good for perineal massage. You know, to help your tissues and skin stretch more with ease during birth and to lower risk of tearing down there.
4 // Back Buddy Self-Massage Tool
This is an odd looking product, but don’t be fooled. It does wonders for soothing painful muscle knots in your back, neck, & shoulders. Plus it feels amazing!
If you’re looking for something less manual, check out this kneading back and neck massager.
5 // Babywise
I’m in the middle of reading this book myself. It came highly recommended to me by multiple parents. This is more a baby sleep book versus a baby sleep training book. There is one goal for baby to sleep well, and the methodology is really through scheduling and consistency. Part of what you schedule and are consistent with is sleep. If you’re looking for a sleep training book, I’ve heard great things about this book, Twelve Hours’ Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old.
6 // Belly Bandit Leakproof Underwear
For when that sneeze pee happens or you laugh a little too hard…
7 // Water Bottle
If you’re like me and have a hard time consuming extra water, you’ll need this! I love the motivational aspect to this. Every hour you drink an inch of water out of this 64 oz. bottle so that by end of day you’re as hydrated as an African violet plant.
8 // Pregnancy Pillow
Third trimester brings with it some interesting new things around discomfort and pain. I started experiencing pelvic girdle pain just a couple weeks ago. Basically uncomfortable symptoms caused by a stiffness of your pelvic joints or the joints moving unevenly at either the back or front of your pelvis. Watch out when you’re sleeping on your sides with stacked legs or any one-legged activities (putting on shoe). This pregnancy pillow helps a bunch because you can sleep with the tail end of it between your legs.
9 // Orthopedic Ring Pillow
Such a necessity for anyone who has to sit at a desk all day. Your bum will thank you!
10 // Belly Band
This is a godsend for relieving lower back pain and especially that heavy belly feeling. It takes some of that weight and pressure off your body. TIP: Wear a belly band or support garment for no more than two to three hours at a time to prevent over-dependence.
What necessities got you through your third trimester? Please share in the comments below.
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