Third Trimester To-Do List

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by Erin Dower

Welcome to your third trimester! The final stretch typically brings everything from the joys of a baby shower to jitters about giving birth. Your to-do list might seem like it's a mile long, but these final steps are all you really need to prepare for your little one's arrival. This printable "Countdown to Baby" checklist will also help you stay on track.

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Continue Your Healthy Habits


Keep up your healthy prenatal diet and exercise routine — with some tweaks to accommodate your growing baby bump. If you're feeling too full to eat regular healthy portions, try eating mini meals or snacks every few hours. Do your best to eat healthy "superfoods" and gain about 1 pound a week during most of your third trimester because, ideally, your baby will double in body weight in these final three months.

Your expanding belly and waning energy may also leave you craving couch time. However, light exercise can give you an energy boost and help you maintain a healthy body weight, which may help prevent preeclampsia (high blood pressure) and gestational diabetes. Working out can also help you build strength and endurance that will come in handy during childbirth. Walking, swimming, and gentle stretching are generally great options for third-trimester exercise. Talk with your doctor about a safe exercise program for you.

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August 31, 2014



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