February 08, 2022 3 min read

For many women, the first trimester is all about dealing with morning sickness and getting used to the idea of being pregnant. The second trimester is better for most women. But when the third trimester hits, many women go through some amount of stress related to childbirth and dealing with a newborn.

If you are in the third trimester or are expecting to enter this phase soon, here’s all you need to know.

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Mummy Isabel at week 28 wearing Chloe Dream Love Organic Bra, taken by Photo Rikiki.

Why do women stress during the third trimester?

Each woman is different, and so are her fears and worries. Women who have already given birth might be better at coping with the stress of the third trimester. However, first-time mothers might struggle a little. But don’t worry mummy, you are not alone. 

Here are the top reasons why women stress during the third trimester.

  1. Many women are afraid that childbirth will be painful.

  2. Other physical discomforts such as heartburn, pain in the breasts, hemorrhoids, varicose veins, etc.

  3. Some women have to deal with constipation and hemorrhoids during pregnancy.

  4. Worrying about the responsibilities that would come after the baby is born.

  5. Fearing that your relationship with your spouse will change after the baby arrives.

First of all, know that you are not alone in this. Most, if not all, women go through this stress.

Bridget Relaxed V Neck Nursing TeeMummy Jessie at week 35 wearing Bridget V-neck Nursing Tee taken by The Perfect Statement.

Here are some tips that will help you have a better and happier third trimester.

Educate yourself about childbirth.

If you have fears about childbirth and the pain associated with it, learn more about it. Read books or speak to your gynaecologist to understand what to expect. Also, talk about epidurals and other methods of managing pain during childbirth.

Keep active.

Being active during the third trimester when your bump is already growing can feel uncomfortable. However, unless your doctor has advised you complete rest, keeping active is great. It helps in keeping your spirits high. It also helps you keep fit and we all know that being fit helps you have comfortable labour and delivery.

Eat right.

It is normal to have food cravings during pregnancy. But, try to have a balanced diet so that your body gets the required nutrients in appropriate amounts. Speak to your doctor or you can also consult a nutritionist to understand what foods you should include in your diet. A diet rich in protein and fiber is good for you. The protein helps you get energy and the fiber relieves constipation.

Speak to your partner about your worries.

It is normal to feel overwhelmed at the thought of becoming a new mother. Speak to your partner openly about the responsibilities that would come with the baby. Discuss how you both will be able to support each other while you deal with the responsibilities. Be a team with your partner and involve them in all your plans so that you are on the same page.

Take medical advice.

If you have any medical condition such as varicose veins, hypertension, gestational diabetes, etc., make sure you take advice from your gynaecologist. While some of these conditions cannot be completely prevented, with the right medical care, you can deal with them better and get some relief.

Be at your comfortable best.

Mummy, get rest and beauty sleep as much as you can. And for that, you need to be comfortable. Divide chores and delegate work so that you are not overworking yourself. Get yourself some maternity clothes and nursing bras so that your pregnant body gets the utmost comfort.

Avery Dove Maternity PantyMummy Fiona wearing Avery Dove Nursing Bralette & Panty during a maternity shoot with Bows & Ribbons Photography.

Pregnancy can be a special time for women. However, with your hormones creating havoc in your body, you need some extra care. Pamper yourself a little, mummy. Take some time out for yourself and do the things you love. You deserve it.

And remember - all the stress that you feel now will disappear like magic when you hold your little baby for the first time. That’s motherhood for you! :) 

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