3rd Trimester Pregnancy Checklist

All you need to know, what to do, to buy and to read to prepare you for your third trimester.

To Do

Health

  • Get as much sleep as you can (easier said than done!)
  • Do some gentle exercise.
  • Schedule your next few visits with your gynaecologist. You will probably be meeting every two weeks now.
  • Talk about your birthing plan with your gynaecologist.
  • Prepare your body for labour with the right kind of exercise.
  • Do some more pelvic floor muscle exercises – important for now and for after your baby is born.
  • Eat plenty of iron-rich food (dark, leafy greens, eggs, red meat and raisins are all high in iron).
  • Rest up: watch a movie, read a book or just hang out with your partner or your girlfriends. You’re about to be on 24-hour call, so take advantage of the calm before the storm.
  • Try meditating or some deep, slow breathing to calm your mind.
Planning
  • Narrow down the list of baby names you like.
  • Find out how to claim maternity benefit from UIF.
  • Fill in any necessary UIF and maternity leave forms.
  • Ensure your bag is ready for the hospital. Every time you remember something you need, you can add it to the bag.
  • If you are having a hospital birth, go on a tour of the hospital that shows you the labour and postnatal rooms. Knowing where you’re going to be giving birth is very helpful.
  • Read some information on newborn care.
  • Make sure your nursery is ready for your little one.
  • Buy some supplies (like nappies, clothes and bedding) so you are set for when you come home with your baby. Take a look at our Newborn Checklist for ideas.
  • Stock up on household supplies for the first few weeks after you bring your baby home.
  • Cook a few extra meals and freeze them for after your baby is born.
  • Think about how you want to announce your baby’s birth.
  • Look back over any notes you have from the childbirth classes you went to.
  • If you haven’t already done so, finalise your maternity leave.
  • Make sure you have everything you need for the hospital: take a look at our Birth Checklist.
  • Mentally visualise the birth going according to plan, with absolutely no complications and a minimum of stress and pain. The calmer you feel going in, the easier it is likely to be.
  • Be aware of the signs of labour.
Partner
  • Talk through any of your concerns about childbirth with your partner and gynaecologist.
  • Together with your partner, map out two routes to the hospital – your usual route and an alternative in case you need it.
  • Install your baby's carseat - you can't drive your baby home without a carseat and they are quite complicated to install (a job for the partner perhaps?!)
  • Enjoy some quiet time either alone or with your partner – it’s going to be in short supply in the next few months!
To Buy
  • Pack your bag for the hospital: take a look at our Birth Checklist.
  • Make sure you have everything you need for your baby’s arrival: take a look at our Newborn Checklist.
  • Prepare for feeding your baby: take a look at our Breastfeeding Checklist and Bottle-feeding Checklist.
  • A car seat: Recaro, Isofix.
  • Stock up on nappies: Pampers Newborn and wipes: Jackson Reece and Pampers Sensitive.
  • Set up a safe place for your baby to sleep with these nursery essentials:
  • A Moses basket: Gro Baby makes a good one.
  • A Crib Linen Set (duvet cover and inner, pillow case and inner, crib bumpers, cell blankets, baby quilt): Nocturnal Affair, Tom and Bella both do nice rages of nursery linena and accessories. 
  • One cot (standard or king size).
  • One travel cot: Baby Bjorn does a really good one.
  • One camp cot: Chelino is an option.
  • One cot net.
  • Baby head positioner: Clevahead Support, Baby Sense.
  • One crib bumper: Nocturnal Affair and Tom & Bella both have lovely options. 
  • A baby monitor.
  • One foam mattress.
  • One compactum/chest of drawers.
  • One night light: Either Giimmo or the Gro Company are great.
  • One carrycot: Chelino has a selection of carrycots and travel cots. 
  • Receiving blankets.
  • Cell blankets. 
  • Swaddling blankets. Baby Sense have a good range. 
  • A white noise machine.
  • A waterproof mattress pad.
  • A changing table. 
It is now tine for the Big Day. Read our Birth checklist to make sure you are well prepared, and good luck from all of us at BabyGroup!

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