This list of things to do during your third trimester is near and dear to my heart. I seriously feel like it was just yesterday that I was huge and trying to quickly waddle around the house to get everything done. I looked through list after list of things that I should do before my precious baby boy got here and then I waited. It felt like forever.
Of the things that I did to prepare for our new arrival these are the ones that I remember the most. There are certainly more things you could do, but these are the ones I am very thankful I did. I ordered them by when they should be done and also numbered them on the level of importance I think each one has.
(1) Continue with normal life
Seriously, this is one is extremely vital. I actually really did not do this well and I just wish I would have. At about 38 weeks I just stopped doing normal things. I quit making our meal plans (which caused me to stop cooking regularly and I love cooking). I stopped going places unless I absolutely had to. Basically I just sat around waiting for my baby to show up or actively trying to induce labor. It was miserable. Don’t do it.
(13) Keep doing back workouts
Let’s just say that I never started on this one and I am paying for it. As soon as you find out you are expecting start hauling around a sack of flour and doing kettle bells swings every day. You can thank me after a month of toting your babe around. (You may not though because you might not actually know the feeling of a constantly aching back.)
(3) Shower/thank yous
Get your baby shower in as soon as you can in your third trimester if possible. There are a lot of reasons I suggest this, but to if I had to give you the top three I’d say: you’ll have time to gather all of the things you will still need once gifts stop coming in, you will still have some pregnancy left to wear that cute maternity dress you bought, and you will not be super miserable yet. Get those thank yous done asap. Don’t wait until after baby, it probably won’t happen (Sorry anyone who gave me something at the hospital or after. I really am thankful!).
(6) Organize baby things
This is another great reason to get your shower done a few month before D day. If you get some furniture specifically for baby (we got an armoire and a changing table) you can start filling it up with baby things. I would suggest dividing up all the clothes by size post baby shower (and you will get clothes even if you don’t ask for any). Only wash the newborn sized clothes (and maybe 0-3 months just to be safe) because if your baby’s skin does not like your laundry detergent then you will not have to rewash everything. Box up the other sizes, taking inventory as you go, so you can easily switch to the next size up and know what items you will still need for each size.
(14) Organize the house
Having your house organized before you come home with your baby will just bring you some peace of mind. Outside of getting baby’s things organized, organizing your freezer, cupboards, and any other place that could use some love will just help you be a little more at ease during the trying first couple of weeks.
(11) Clean all the things
Detail clean everything you can. Wash all your towels, sheets, and blankets. Wipe down every toilet, counter top, chair, bookcase, basically everything. I promise the last thing you will want to do on very little sleep, during the few moments your baby is sleeping, is scrub a toilet that really needs it. If everything is squeaky clean shortly before your due date you will feel less inclined to be cleaning when you should be resting.
(10) Baby book
Don’t forget to order your baby book. Make sure you document all those precious moments. There will be so many firsts and plenty of memories; you will not want to forget any and having a baby book is the prefect place to store those. Record everything from the infamous night of no sleep to baby’s first smile. We had a hard time choosing between this book and this one.
(9) Pamper yourself
I treated myself all the time, but I am still not sure it was enough. I cannot take a bath without hearing phantom crying. Taking a nap is out of the question most days. Pedicure, forget about it. Its a good day when I shower and get to halfway blow dry my hair. Soak up those baby free days in whatever way is most relaxing to you!
(12) Enjoy your lasts
My husband and I really enjoyed claiming each of our last moments without our baby. Our last dinner out, our last bath together, our last walk in the park – you get the picture. Make sure to capture some photos of those lasts so that you can look back on them when tension is running high.
(4) Stock up
When I was headed to the store around 38 weeks I stocked up on everything I could think of: toilet paper, tooth paste, deodorant, spaghetti sauce. Anything we used regularly I wanted to have in mass quantities in our apartment. I am so very glad I did this. Taking a baby to the store is awful and I only venture out to Walmart when I absolutely have to. I couldn’t imagine having to leave the house during those first couple weeks just because we ran out of dish soap. But I have recently been educated on Amazon Dash Buttons and those could have come in very handy during that time!
(5) Freezer meals
Making freezer meals was one of the best things I did to prep myself for a newborn. I would have hated having to prep dinner every night with no energy to the sound of a crying baby. Having meals for a good few weeks prepped and ready in the freezer was a huge boost for my sanity levels. May I also suggest making a meal plan for the first few weeks. People may bring you some food to help out. That’s great! Just push whatever was planned to the next day or to the end of the queue.
(2) Add baby to insurance
This is super important to remember. It should not take a ton of time, but it if any emergencies arise it would be least stressful to have that already set up and ready to go.
(7) Choose pediatrician
They will ask you soon after you are admitted who you would like as a pediatrician. We asked around to see who others were using and what they really liked about them. We called down to the clinic to make sure the doctor we chose was still taking new patients and we were glad we did. One of the doctors we were considering was not accepting new patients and it helped us make our choice.
(8) Pack hospital bag
I had my hospital bag packed for weeks with things I did not even use. This is an important thing, but I made way too big of deal out of it. I spent hours scouring Pinterest for every little thing I should bring with me to the hospital. It was a rather large waste of my time. Granted, I had everything I needed while at the hospital – I just had way more than I needed.
There were things that really helped me feel sane in the first few weeks and months postpartum. I am glad I checked a lot of these off the list and I really wish I would have gotten a few more as well. If you don’t hit everything on this list don’t sweat it things will work out just fine. Keep trekking toward that due date mama. You’re going to do great!