I’m typing this sitting on my yoga ball and breathing through some Braxton Hicks contractions; we are one-ish week away from meeting our little man! Since I wrote about the first and second trimesters of this pregnancy plus all three trimesters with my second pregnancy, I didn’t want to take a blogging break before writing about this final trimester.
The Scoop on Trimester #3
To sum this third trimester up in one word: hot! It has been a blazing hot (I think record-breaking!) summer, and because of that I have experienced some swelling, but nothing too major (my first pregnancy I had pitting edema in the dead of winter) and I am so thankful for the modern miracle of central air conditioning! With that being said, exercise this trimester was a little tough. I still did my short home workout every weekday morning, plus swimming here and there, and this trimester I also added in some prenatal yoga and tried to do squats throughout the day. The girls and I typically get out for a short walk several mornings a week, and in the last few weeks I’ve made sure to do my curb walking; hopeful to get Brother in a good position for delivery. Physically I have been tired, but thankful to have had an active pregnancy to keep the aches and pains at bay.
In regards to food, I didn’t have any specific cravings that I can think of, but I made sure to take my prenatal vitamins more regularly, and in the last few weeks have been making lots of nice cream with dates to help ripen my cervix. I’ve also been drinking at least two cups of red raspberry leaf tea a day to help strengthen and tone my uterus for the [prayerfully soon] delivery. I give into my crunchy/salty cravings often with plantain chips, and my sweet cravings with nice cream or dark chocolate almonds. Yum! I am not about depriving myself, just finding alternatives that taste and feel good!
Prepping for Postpartum
Before having our second daughter, I stashed our freezer with homemade meals, and I started making double batches of several dinners this month to do the same. Some meals I have in the freezer are:
- spaghetti sauce (easy enough to boil some noodles and toss this veggie-laden sauce on top)
- chili with extra veggies (similar to this recipe)
- sweet potato meatballs
- egg and bacon breakfast tacos
- protein pancakes
- salsa chicken for taco bowls
- curried chicken with roasted sweet potatoes
- frozen pizzas – yep!
- frozen chicken nuggets – also yep! Both easy to toss in the oven and I know the girls will enjoy
- plenty of bags of frozen vegetables that can steam in the microwave (even though this is usually my favorite way to cook frozen veggies)
In the pantry I have:
- other granola bars and applesauce pouches for the girls
- seaweed snacks
- packaged rice to toss in the microwave to help round out our meals
- canned tuna (so delicious mixed with this chipotle mayo, relish, and red onions)
- sweet potatoes and russet potatoes for making baked potatoes
In the fridge I have:
- boiled eggs
- hummus (for pretzels – yum!)
- overnight oats with flaxseed and brewer’s yeast for lactation
I think that is everything! I am praying for a peaceful transition in our family and a calm postpartum experience. All of you experienced parents of 3+ kiddos out there send me your tips! Until I come back to write Brother’s birth story… enjoy your pinch of crazy!
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