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Inside: Check out a list of the most important things to add to your third-trimester checklist! This to-do list is everything you need to prepare for a relaxed last trimester of your pregnancy!
Today as I was laying in the doctor’s office, looking at the ultrasound images on the screen above me, I was amazed how big my baby already is. The fact that I’m in the third trimester of my pregnancy seemed more real than ever! There are only approximately 10 weeks left until I’ll get to know my baby and I can’t believe how fast time went by ever since I found out I was pregnant.
I remember that during my first pregnancy, I was surrounded by a lot of to-do lists, shopping lists, and pregnancy books. This time I stressed a lot less and tried to enjoy pregnancy more instead of worrying about the next milestone or task on my to-do list. After a first trimester when I felt sick all the time, the second trimester came as a breath of fresh air and I wanted to enjoy it as much as I could.
Now that the third trimester has already started I realized that I need to take care of a few important things before birth to make sure that we are well prepared for welcoming the new member of our family. So I decided to create a third-trimester to-do list to help me keep track of all the things I need to take care of.
I try to keep this third-trimester checklist as short as possible and eliminate all unnecessary tasks because I want to use this time enjoying quality family time before the baby comes. If you are looking for a practical and relaxed third-trimester to-do list, I hope that my list will be exactly what you need for your last months of pregnancy!
My practical and relaxed third-trimester checklist
Here is my complete third-trimester to-do list, based on the experience from my first pregnancy.
Third-trimester checklist – Medical
1. Start kick counts. My doctor insisted on the importance of fetal kick counts, so I included them in my daily schedule. I love feeling my baby kick, so this is a great opportunity to spend some time focusing on his movements.
2. Create my birth plan. For my first pregnancy, I prepared a birth plan with my doctor, but I ended up having a c-section, and the birth experience was completely different from the plan. This time I have fewer expectations about how my birth will look like. All I want is for the baby to be healthy and for me to recover quickly to be able to take care of my kids. You can download a printable birth plan from here.
3. Schedule doctor appointments in advance. During the third trimester, I have appointments planned every two weeks and even weekly in the last month. So I made sure to schedule all of them in advance.
4. Complete a childbirth class. I also registered for a meeting with one anesthesiologist from the hospital to talk about pain medication during and after birth and find out what the best options are.
5. Tour the hospital or birthing center.
6. Pre-register with the hospital. This makes it a lot quicker to register when you are in labor.
Third-trimester checklist – At home
7. Prepare meals in advance (or make a plan for the family meals after birth). You can either freeze some meals or find someone to help you with meal prepping after you give birth. My husband helped me a lot during the first trimester when I couldn’t cook because I felt sick all the time, and hopefully he will take care of all the meals in the postpartum period as well.
8. Declutter your home. This task is not usually included on third-trimester checklists, but I think it’s one of the most helpful things to do to prepare your home for the arrival of a new family member. In the first months with the baby, you won’t have time and energy to clean up and organize, so having a decluttered and simplified home can make a big difference.
9. Stock up on household supplies. We use Prime Pantry to buy all the household and personal supplies we need so it will be easy to stock up on all essential items.
Third-trimester checklist – For the baby
10. Buy all the essentials for the baby. I created a baby registry on Amazon and gathered there all the things that we need to buy. This makes it easier to keep track of the shopping list and make sure we don’t forget anything important.
11. Prepare the nursery. We won’t have a separate room for the baby, so we plan to prepare a special place for him in our bedroom.
12.Wash baby clothes and other items you’ll need after birth.
13. Choose a pediatrician for your baby.
Third-trimester checklist – For you
14. Have a baby shower.
15. Pack the hospital bag. I will not only prepare my hospital bag but also a bag for my husband who will accompany me and a bag for my son who will spend some time without us during labor (and maybe even longer if my parents-in-law will come to stay with us for a few days).
16. Arrange for childcare for older kids during labor and while you are in the hospital. This is one of the most important things for me because I want to make sure that my son is well taken care of while I’m at the hospital. We don’t have a clear plan yet, but hopefully, we will figure things out soon and find a good solution.
17. Prepare for breastfeeding and create a nursing caddy. If you plan to breastfeed, prepare a nursing station or a nursing caddy to have everything at hand as you get used with breastfeeding. Also, add some nursing tops and nightgowns to your wardrobe.
18. Create a postpartum care kit. I didn’t realize how important this is during my first pregnancy, so this time I will be more prepared for the postpartum period.
If you are going through your third trimester of pregnancy, I hope you’ll find this checklist helpful. I know that these last months of pregnancy come with a lot of emotions and preparations, but don’t forget to slow down and enjoy this last part of your pregnancy! Take care of yourself, make time for the things you like, and relax as much as you can!
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