What do I need to prepare in the third trimester of pregnancy?
As you approach the third trimester of pregnancy its a good idea to start doing some preparation for the upcoming arrival of the baby. By this stage most women have experienced the "nesting instinct" to have things ready for their baby. Here are some helpful items to have ready.
1. Have your hospital bag packed. For more information check out our hospital bag checklist blog.
2. Stock up on snacks. Have some in your hospital bag and also in the house for when you come home. Being a new mum is hungry work so a good supply of snacks is a must, especially if you're breastfeeding. Homemade snacks can be stored in the freezer (my favorites were bliss balls, oat cookies and granola bars).
3. Install car seat. Research if you would like to buy or hire the newborn car seat as babies will only fit into a capsule for a certain period of time.
4. Decide who you would like to be present at the birth and discuss your birth plan with your partner and healthcare professional. Discuss pain relief options and book these in if
need be, eg. Tens Machine.
5. Prepare meals that can be stored in the freezer. Having easy meals that can be heated up quickly is a must, especially during the early newborn days. If friends or family want to offer help- a meal to put in the freezer is a great idea.
6. Postpartum supplies such as adequate feeding tops/bras, pads, nappies, wipes and nursery items. Wash and store baby clothes and blankets.
7. Antenatal classes are a great way to prepare for birth as well as getting to know other parents. Its a great way to meet others and form a coffee group for postnatal support.
8. Baby Names. Have a think about baby names you may like, although its totally ok to have a shortlist and you can decide once you get to meet your little one.
9. Keep track of baby's movements and start to recognize their patterns.
10. Consider attending a baby and child first aid course.
Posted: Friday 28 July 2023