It’s finally here! For months I’ve been dreaming about these last few months of pregnancy and getting baby’s room ready. I’ve survived the morning sickness, worked out through the second trimester energy, and now I’m finally huge and ready to be done with my third trimester checklist. I can see the light at the end of this tunnel and it has a cute little baby face.
This pregnancy has been so different than my first. With my daughter, by six months I had the entire nursery set up and the pregnancy seemed to last forever. I even had a baby shower before we found out my daughter’s gender. I had a much different baby shower this pregnancy which I’ll talk about in another post.
This pregnancy has flown by and now I’m already in the third trimester and freaking out overwhelmed with all of the things I want to have done in the next couple of months before we welcome baby into the world.
Let the countdown begin!
Being the type-A, list person that I am, I have compiled a list—my third trimester checklist to help me sort through and remember everything. Hopefully this helps you as much as it has me. You can also download a copy of this third trimester checklist to print out.
o Install the infant car seat
Once you install the car seat, you can go to your local fire station to have it double checked. Some baby stores even have certified car seat technicians on staff who can check it for you. Be sure to have your car seat manual and car manual on hand when you go to have your car seat checked by a technician.
o Throw a freezer meal party
I highly recommend stocking your freezer with at least 10 freezer meals to get you through that first month post partum. Even if you have people bring home cooked meals by, it’s nice to have something to fall back on when those run out. If you don’t do anything else on this list, do this! …this and install the infant car seat. You’ll need that.
o Pack bags
Pack a bag for each: you, your partner, the baby, and for your other kids. This time I won’t be over-packing because the hospital or birth center supplies you with a lot of the essential items.
o Finalize major decisions
Finish your birth plan, will you have a doula? vaccinations, circumcision (if you’re having a boy), delayed cord clamping, cord blood banking, placenta encapsulation… there are a lot of things to think about and decisions to be made before the big day. Now is the perfect time to sit back, relax, and make those decisions.
o Clean out the car
If you have a toddler, you know how quickly the car can get trashed. And, even if this is your first pregnancy, it’s good to clean the car out because chances are you’re not going to clean that thing out until your next pregnancy (or until things start growing and smelling).
o Get a chiropractic adjustment or maternity massage (or two)
This depends on your personal preference. Some people don’t like to be touched. For me, nothing felt better than getting a chiropractic adjustment while pregnant. It’s perfectly safe and it felt sooo good once the lower back and pelvic pain set in.
o Get a pedicure
During labor with my daughter, I remember soaking in the tub and staring at my pretty pink toenails that I had treated myself to. Somehow I think that helped me get through some of the intense parts of labor. Since we’re having a boy this time around, I chose a pretty blue color for my toes.
o Finish deep cleaning the house
Right now that list includes the refrigerator and freezer. The freezer still has gunk in it from the freezer meals I had with my daughter.
o Stock up on paper products
This includes things like paper plates, plasticware, and toilet paper. Stocking up on these items will ensure that you won’t have emergency trips to the store after baby or have to wash dishes.
o Buy last-minute baby essentials
Gas drops, gripe water, and Tylenol are all things with expiration dates so buying them in the third trimester as close to when you’ll have the baby is best. My list also includes essentials like diapers and wipes. Or, just wipes if you cloth diaper like me. I’ll be writing a series coming up on my cloth diapering routine so stay tuned.
o Buy breastfeeding snacks
Some snacks that I really love while breastfeeding are yogurt covered raisins or pretzels and granola bars. Anything that is easy to open and low-mess because, let’s face it, you’ll be eating over your baby’s head attached to your boob so the more convenient and less mess the better.
o Make padcicles
If you’re planning on having a vaginal birth or at least trying for one, I highly recommend making some padcicles for post partum. They feel amazing! You just take a maxi pad, put witch hazel, aloe vera, and essential oil of your choice on it, and then pop it in the freezer for later. With my first pregnancy, I made these after I had my daughter. This time, I know with a toddler and a newborn I might not have time for that, so I’m making some ahead of time that I can just pull out of the freezer.
o Make herbal sitz baths
Again, if you’re having a vaginal birth, herbal sitz baths can help with the healing process. Honestly, I wish I had known about these with my first pregnancy. I am so excited to try these this time around. Here’s what they look like once assembled. Simply drop one of these herbal tea bags in your bathtub and soak.
o Make labor-aid electrolyte drink for labor
During my first birth, I had bought grape Gatorade to drink during labor. But, as soon as I took one sip I quickly realized that I could not keep it down. Most people don’t tell you that part of being in labor means you can get nauseous and throw up. The flavor and smell of grape Gatorade is forever ruined for me.
So, this time around, I’ve made my own electrolyte drink called labor-aid. I’ve heard fantastic things about it and am excited to try it out during labor. I’m normally not a fan of coconut water, but this tastes super yummy!
*UPDATE: You can read my recipe and review of Labor-aid here.
o Make arrangements for other children
Will your other kids be with you during labor? Who will watch them if they are not with you? Make sure that it’s someone you trust so that you’re not worried about them during labor.
Part of making arrangements for my toddler includes getting her a big sister bag from the baby that she can open and can keep her entertained while she waits during labor. I’m hoping she likes this enough that it will also keep her occupied while breastfeeding those first few weeks.
o Get gifts for the midwives or doctor
Some lip gloss, lotion, hand sanitizer—something in a cute little bag to show you appreciate them being there. This time, I made my own essential oil diffuser necklaces with a bottle of wild orange which can help with anxiety. To make these, I followed the directions on One Essential Community. Here’s how mine turned out. They are super simple to put together and look lovely (don’t they?!). It’s something I would enjoy so I hope that my midwife and doula will too.
So there you have it! My ultimate checklist for the third trimester. We’re almost there! And I pray blessings on your birth experience!
What else do you have on your third trimester checklist?