Now that we are mid-way through our third trimester, I thought I’d share with you all the things that I deem essential! I still use the things I mentioned in my list of second trimester must-haves, so all of the things in this post are in addition to those things, and not instead of.
1) Raspberry leaf tea– This is the kind I buy, and I definitely recommend buying it in bulk if you plan on taking it all the way throughout the third trimester, because if you drink a cup or two a day, it goes quickly.
2) Evening primrose oil– Take by mouth from 34-37 weeks, and as a suppository from weeks 37-birth. Just to clarify, you can use the same pill orally and as a suppository. You do not have to buy it in two different forms. Also, this may be TMI, but as with any suppository, it may be a bit messy, so you may want to wear a pad after you insert the E.P.O.
3) Exercise ball– I use the 75″ one, because I have long legs. I sit on it in the evening when Andrew and I sit down to watch our evening show together (these days we are watching House since it’s on Netflix now.) I bounce on it, and I also kneel on the floor with my knees on a pillow or blanket, and lean over the ball onto my elbows, letting my belly hang. This is supposed to encourage the baby to move forward, where he/she is supposed to be, as opposed to against or near your back. And finally, when I am lounging on the couch, I use the exercise ball to prop me feet up! So it has many uses!!!
4) Bubble bath– I’m not a brand snob, but I will say that the better quality bubble bath you get, the longer it lasts, because the less you have to use at a time. And I love anything with lavender. If you aren’t a bath person, this obviously would not be an essential for you. But I love a good bath!
5) Maxi dress- I have a few, and two that I absolutely LOVE. One came from a Motherhood Maternity outlet store, and the other is a secondhand dress, but originally came from Old Navy’s Spring 2013 maternity collection. It looks like this one, but the stripes are slightly different colors.
6) Maxi skirt- This is the one I have, and I wear it multiple times throughout the week. It is so versatile, and SO comfortable.
7) Jean jacket- This is ALWAYS a spring/summer essential for me… pregnant or not! Unfortunately, my non-maternity jean jacket did not look good on me at all when I pulled it out and tried it on. I’ve had it since college anyway, so I decided it was time to splurge on a new one. I got mine here.
8) Thin belt- I already had a brown belt and a white belt, so I bought a 2-pack from Target containing a black belt and a grey belt. I’ve gotten plenty of wear out of ALL FOUR belts!!!
9) Flip flops- THANK GOODNESS boot-wearing season is over! Flip flops are definitely the way to go most of the time during the third trimester. Dressy ones, casual ones, flat ones, wedge ones, sparkly ones, plain ones…
10) Comfy wedge-heeled shoes- Actual heels are usually out of the question for me even when I’m not pregnant. They just aren’t comfortable or practical. But I love wedge-heeled sandals and shoes, and I especially love them now that I am pregnant. Since I am significantly heavier than I’m used to being, the wedge-heeled shoe is very handy for making me feel a bit more slim and trim, and a bit less frumpy. And if you buy the right ones, they are still comfortable. My favorite brand for comfort is B.O.C. They are pricey, but you can often find them at discount stores like Marshalls and T.J. Maxx.
Looking over this list I actually feel a bit shallow, because most of the things I mentioned are clothing or accessories! But I will say it’s so much more enjoyable to get dressed now that the weather is nicer, and believe it or not, now that my Bonnie bump is bigger! During the second trimester I felt like I was kind of trying to hide or disguise it, because I really looked more chunky than pregnant. Now that I look undeniably pregnant, it is fun to figure out how to look CUTE and pregnant!
Some things that are not really essential, but I’ve enjoyed having:
Bobby pins- because my face has been breaking out almost the entire pregnancy, and sleeping with my hair pulled back away from my forehead and temples really seems to help some of my trouble areas. Since I usually wear my hair curly, and try to wash it as seldom as possible, I don’t like pulling it into a ponytail. Bobby pins are a perfect solution!
Lightweight scarves- because some days, when my belly feels extra large, it’s nice to have a bit of a “disguise,” or at least a distraction from the belly. The same applies to my chest: I am SO much bigger than what I’m used to, so it’s kind of nice to have a scarf to sort of disguise that as well.
EXTRA pillows- The bigger I’ve gotten, the more I enjoy using lots of pillows, instead of the big Boppy body pillow. When I use regular pillows, I can layer them, move them around…. “Customize” them, if you will!
Keurig- This is DEFINITELY not an essential, but since I’m drinking lots of raspberry leaf tea, it’s nice to be able to heat water and have my tea ready at the drop of a hat. I would never have purchased a K-cup machine just for the purposes of drinking tea during pregnancy, but I will say it’s come in quite handy recently.
Treadmill- Again, this is not something I ran out and bought when I found out we were pregnant. It is something we had before hand. But I have used it SO MUCH over the past many weeks. Walking makes me feel so much more energized and comfortable, but with the crazy weather we’ve had all year, walking outside has been out of the question more often than not, so I have really gotten out money’s worth out of our old, used treadmill.
Walking shoes- And if you plan on walking a lot, you need GOOD walking shoes. I don’t currently have good shoes, since my nice ones recently bit the dust (aka: got eaten by our dogs.) I replaced my good shoes with $15 tennis shoes from Payless, and let me just say that I notice a huge difference. If you are walking as much as I do (or doing any form of aerobic exercise,) you really should invest in some good shoes. I miss mine terribly!
Looking for a little something else extra?
And as a major splurge, you might consider a series of prenatal massages! My husband bought me a 5-massage package for Valentines’ Day. I went to my third appointment last week, and they’ve all been so wonderful. I was surprised at this particular place’s reasonable prices, and the only drawback is the drive to their office from our house. So if you decide to do this, make sure you pick some knowledgeable and trustworthy, but also… pick someone close to where you live or work!!! The experience will be so much more enjoyable if you do not have to sit in half an hour of traffic getting there and back!