Congratulations, you’re almost there! This has been one of the longest, most rewarding journeys of your life.

Pregnant

In just a short while, your bundle will arrive; in the meantime, here is a checklist of  some things to keep in mind to ensure a happy, healthy third trimester:
_____  Drink lots of water and keep up good, healthy eating habits.

_____  Gently stretch and walk daily. A nice relaxing swim is great too.

_____  Get comfortable and familiar with normal signs of labor so you can read your body when its your time.

_____  Reduce your risk of episiotomy or severe tears by beginning perineal massage by week 36 or earlier.

_____  Prepare meals and freeze them. Better yet, have someone do it for you.

_____  Make sure all your hospital arrangements are in place.

_____  Carry your spouse, doctor’s, friend’s or emergency contact’s numbers with you at all times.

_____  Keep appointments with your doctor.  You will probably be going about every 2 weeks now and you want to make sure everything is as it should be.

_____  Think about whether or not you’re going to breastfeed. Take a breastfeeding class to find out more.

_____  Read a good book!

_____  Start working on your birth plan and talk about it with your doctor.

_____  Tour your birth unit or hospital and ask any questions you might have. If you’re delivering at home, ask the midwife or dula anything you need to.

_____  Make sure you have an emergency childcare plan in place if you have other younger children.

_____  Pack your bag for the hospital and leave it next to the bed.

_____  Have your spouse, neighbor and you all test drive the route to the hospital.

_____  Watch a good movie!