Finally, you are at the threshold of your third trimester: everything is taking shape and the unborn baby seems to occupy as much space in your belly as in your mind. A wind of sweet excitement blows through your daily life and your couple despite the little annoyances that may appear at this stage of pregnancy.
When you proudly announce that you are entering your 7th month of pregnancy (29 weeks of amenorrhea), you oscillate between excitement and apprehension – especially if this is your first. Your maternal instinct wakes up and watches with wonder the baby’s hiccups and hiccups that distort the roundness of your belly, as you begin to wonder if you should fear the pains of childbirth. You also alternate between heavy fatigues. Your concentration on the professional level begins to suffer: patience, maternity leave is close and will allow you to live at your own pace.
For you, the outcome is approaching and you oscillate between excitement and apprehension – especially if this is your first. Your maternal instinct wakes up and watches with wonder the baby’s hiccups and hiccups that distort the roundness of your belly, as you begin to wonder if you should fear the pains of childbirth. You also alternate between heavy fatigue and Olympic form and your concentration on the professional level begins to suffer: patience, maternity leave is close and will allow you to live at your own pace.
How to manage the last weeks before maternity leave?
Your baby is now well trained, he will now grow and gain weight: during this last trimester, he will, therefore, draw more energy. Make the most of your workdays, take naps or cut the hours if you feel the need. If you have a lot of transportation to get there and you are exhausted, talk about it in consultation with the person who is following your pregnancy. Favor short trips or take regular breaks and wear compression stockings; car or train vibrations can give you contractions. Rest before and after the trip may be necessary. Having ten contractions a day – often in the evening when you are finally lying on your couch – is normal. If your belly hardens more and it seems unusual, talk to a doctor or go to your emergency room.
You obviously feel heavier and less “mobile”, your gait and your difficulties in changing positions are not mistaken and you find yourself asking for help to get up from the sofa. The third ultrasound will soon confirm the weight of your baby, between 1.8 and 2.2 kilos if all goes well: no wonder you find it difficult to find comfortable positions day and night. Insomnia during this period is frequent, just like the acid reflux at the end of the day which affects many future mothers and is not easier to endure than nausea in the first trimester. To avoid them, specialists generally recommend banning acidic foods at least in the evening. If that’s not enough, don’t hesitate to ask your gynecologist to prescribe medication. Some are very effective and safe for pregnant women.
Why do we have insomnia at the end of pregnancy?
Insomnia can appear at the start of pregnancy for various reasons. In the last trimester, the baby’s movements are more intense, more frequent; some women have back pain or cramps; comfortable positions are less easy to adapt with your belly getting bigger by the day. And then it’s true that childbirth is approaching and that soon you will have this beautiful baby in your arms… enough to make you cogitate a little… doing a little relaxation before sleeping can help you lower your heart rate, to be calmer, and thus facilitate falling asleep. Keep an activity during the day adapted to your condition because inactivity can promote insomnia. Prefer complete slow sugars in the evening, avoid stimulants and prepare an infusion of chamomile, verbena, or lemon balm tea.
If you are an employee, your maternity leave is a formality managed by your employer who takes care of the procedures for you. If you are a freelancer or a business manager, make sure with your health insurance fund or other organization that you have taken the necessary steps to be paid on time during this period.
It is high time to equip yourself, finish fitting out and decorating your baby’s room, and complete their trousseau. Start by making lists: the things that you already have or that you are going to recover from your sisters or friends, those that you need, for the maternity suitcase and for the return home, and what you want, creating your birth list. You will complete these lists as you go along and you will have suggestions to give to your loved ones who are already thinking about your baby shower.
The room is ready but do you know where you will make him sleep for the first nights at home? You will probably want it to be in your room: cradle, cushion, co-dodo, etc. Here are some tips for choosing your first bed.
Are you starting to ask yourself questions about the delivery process, the role of the father in the labor room, or the epidural? Do not hesitate to write and ask all your questions to your obstetrician or the midwife who prepares you, and to the anesthesiologist during your appointment.