3rd Trimester Preparations
Friday officially starts off my third trimester. Woohoo! There is something about the hiatus between your 2nd to 3rd trimesters. I have been so fatigued since Saturday. Crystal, who is a few days ahead of me in her pregnancy, blogged about how worn out she was a few days ago. Her post can be seen here. From doing a little research, it looks like it is quite normal to be totally fatigued at this time. I think the baby is growing so exponentially at this time, that the baby needs a lot of Mama's energy in order to grow properly. It is ironic too, since I have noticed that my sweet baby's movements have become so much stronger since Saturday. Now it feels like the baby is substantially larger, which is always reassuring and a joy to think about. Today, I was so worn out, that I started dosing off 2-3 times! I was never able to nap, though, because of active littles. I am excited because our Bradley classes start on Saturday! They begin rather early, so we have to make sure we get our littles up bright and early to take to Grandma and Grandpa's house. I am excited about learning more about how to relax as much as possible during labor. I am very excited because we got a really great book by Dr. Sears, The Birth Book, for only a few dollars at Amazon. I perused the pregnancy book by Dr. Sears at a book store, and he has tremendous tips for postitioning oneself during labor. I cannot wait to meet this precious little one. It is amazing to think that this precious babe has spent every moment with me for the past 6 months, and yet I have never truly seen him/her. It is always thrilling to imagine the amazing moment when I can behold my precious infant for the first time. No matter how many children one is blessed with, it is always such a miracle!
Things I need to do Daily in this last trimester to Better Prepare for Birth:
* Drink 1-2 cups Red Raspberry Leaf Tea (Have any of you used this in preparation for labor? I did with my second pregnancy and it helped me in so many ways. I simply cannot do without my tea! It really tones the uterus.)
* Take a daily walk.
*Do pre-natal exercises daily. (Especially kegels) (I am hoping to learn some great ones through the Bradley class. What exercises were helpful to you?)
*Practice Relaxation Methods.
I would love to hear from all of you experienced mamas, what helped best in preparing for your childrens' births. Have any of you used herbs in the last five weeks of pregnancy, which are specifically for preparing for childbirth? I am interested in the Polly Jean Formula or Shonda Parker's 5-W. I am a little bit nervous about those products, but I would love to hear from anyone who has used/ is familiar with them. Blessings to you!
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