3rd trimester, so close to the finish, yet so far away!
This is where the weight of the baby, all the fluid and heaviness of a day's worth of eating and drinking water kicked in and I started to feel super uncomfortable at the end of the day. It’s crazy because at the start of the day I felt lighter, mobile, able bodied but once later afternoon/early evening hit, I was wobbling and needed my husband to help me get off the couch. It was bizarre. It makes sense though because in the 3rd trimester typically the baby moves their way head down and the belly drops preparing for birth. Some of the highlights of the 3rd tri included feeling the baby hiccup for the first time, I experienced big rolling movements and felt such a strong connection to our growing baby knowing I would meet our miracle soon.
To sum up pregnancy trimesters...
Tired and sick
Oh, baby kicks and energy boost
Get this baby out
The 3rd was all about growing with the bump, being comfortable and relaxing as much as possible! In addition to the 1st and 2nd trimester musts, here’s a few other things that helped me get through the homestretch.
Enjoy! <3 Ashley
Beautycounter Countercontrol: I experienced a few face breakouts during the 3rd trimester. Blame it on the raging hormones, but it made me very uncomfortable at times. Normally I use an anti-aging skincare regimen but anytime I’m dealing with acne, I switch to Countercontrol. Countercontrol is designed to treat oily and blemish-prone skin, without irritation. Powered by their signature SkinBalance Complex with wintergreen and rosebay willow, this regimen mattifies the complexion, clears breakouts, and balances skin.
Soothing skincare products like bath bombs: The 3rd trimester is where frequent baths became a priority. To ease lower back pain and achy legs. To wind down after long, busy days. To sit in warm water with the bump. I really enjoyed bath bombs and epsom salt. Click the link below to shop some of my favorite self care products with no preservatives, Talc, Bismuth, Artificial Dyes, Synthetic Fragrance, Parabens, Phthalates, Petrochemicals or SLS.
8 Sheep magnesium sleep lotion: Pregnancy insomnia really kicked in during the end of pregnancy, I swear it’s preparing for lack of sleep once your baby arrives. One of my girlfriends recommended this sleepy lotion made with simple ingredients and essential oils. My husband would rub on my feet and shoulders and it always worked like a charm.
MASONgrey robe + sleep slip: By far the comfiest and coziest sleepwear. I originally bought these for the hospital but once I tried them on, I never wanted to take them off. The robe covered the bump so well and the sleep slip was not restricting at all during an overnight’s rest, making me feel beautiful and comfortable with my bump.
OBE Fitness membership: Even with the heaviness and tiredness, moving my body when I had high energy always helped me feel so much better. Endorphins are real. I dialed back my workouts significantly during pregnancy to reduce intensity/inflammation, so I needed a variety activity that was a little more mild and gentle on the body. I found OBE Fitness and loved it so much. While they do have high intensity/strength workouts, they also offer gentle styles like sculpt and pilates. For less than $30 per month with lots of live/pre-recorded workouts, OBE got me through pregnancy during a pandemic!