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Monday, July 22, 2013

third trimester essentials

Just as in the first and second trimesters, I found myself using several products almost religiously. With the temperature heating up in the past month, I'm sure this list would look very different if I was having a winter baby.

1- I drank my share of raspberry leaf tea, both hot and cold. It was hard to find this tea in stores, so I ordered it from Amazon (bonus: I became an Amazon Prime member two months ago and I have to say it's changed my life. I know it will continue to benefit me as a mom).

2- In the last month, as the weather heated up, I started eating popsicles daily. I had hopes of making my own, but ended up getting a few coupons and stocking up when they went on sale at the grocery store. Fruttare were one of my favorites, although a bit pricey.

3- At the beginning of my third trimester, I struggled with heartburn. My mother-in-law introduced me to a chewable papaya enzyme. Not only are they delicious, they helped quite a bit. There were days I found Zantac 75 more helpful, but I kept taking the papaya supplement. It's also supposed to be beneficial in labor.

4- These were another recommendation from my mother-in-law, Yellowbox flip flips. I hadn't heard of them, but they have the softest footbed that molded to my feet (I bought mine at Belk). At about 34 weeks, there was not much hope for getting my foot in anything but a sandal, so I've gotten really good use out of them.

5- A friend of mine recommended I start using lanolin on my nipples around 35 weeks since I plan to breastfeed (this is another Amazon find, they're price is much better than Target).

Not pictured: I think having some good books/easy reading can be helpful during the last trimester too. I'm not much of a reader, but found having a few books (other than child birthing, nursing, mothering) were a good distraction in the last weeks of pregnancy.

Just as my First Trimester Essentials and Second Trimester Essentials posts were not sponsored, I am not using affiliate links in this post. I simply thought I'd share what's worked for me in my first pregnancy.


  1. I drank raspberry leaf tea like it was going out of style the week or two before I was due and I swear it works.

    I wish someone would have told me to use lanolin ahead of time before I had my first. It would have saved me a LOT of pain. Lanolin with the instruction to use it ahead of time is a go-to shower gift now. I figure someone has to give the mom-to-be a practical, albeit slightly embarrassing gift :)

  2. hmmm i had NO idea about using lanolin BEFORE you breastfeed.... yeah i'm def gonna start doing that!!!!

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