It's the final count down. Baby is almost here and OMG I'm ready. Hospital bag packed? Check. Nursery set up? Check. Nesting in the middle of the night Check. Baby clothes sorted, washed, and put away? Check. Hospital tour? Check. However, in addition to all of the "normal" check list items, mostly focusing on our baby-to-be, there are some things I did for myself during my third trimester, too. After all, baby needs a healthy, happy mom, and once they are here, there's no way I'm going to have time.
I am currently pregnant with my third baby, so I have the advantage of knowing how these things go thanks to previous experience. Well, at least how they've gone for me in the past because I've also learned that every pregnancy (even multiple pregnancies for the same woman) is different. Half of the things you do to prepare for baby don't end up mattering in the long run, and you are so tired that you don't care about whether or not their clothes are folded anyway. If there's one secret I've learned to surviving the third trimester and those first few postpartum months with a newborn, it's the importance (read: necessity) of self care. No one can deny that babies need healthy mamas.
So, this time around, there are some things I've done just for me. I know that in a few weeks, I may not have the time or energy to adequately take care of myself or show myself some love. Here are a few things I recommend: