Third Trimester Checklist

Updated: Jun 10, 2019



3rd Trimester: Weeks 28 to 42


Wow, you're ALMOST there! As you may be growing uncomfortable and anxious during these last few weeks, lets dive into the last few crucial things to check off your list. It's all about "nesting and resting" during the 3rd trimester!


1. REST

This goes straight to the top of the list! Your body is working overtime right now and conserving your energy is priority #1. While it is important to be active for your health and the health of your baby (unless you are on medical bed rest), it's just as equally great to simply rest - Mind, Body, Spirit!


2. Tour Your Hospital

If you're choosing to having a hospital birth, be sure to tour the birthing unit with your partner. I recommend making a simple list of questions you may have in the weeks leading up to the tour. If you need help, ask your doula for question ideas! You can also ask the staff member if it's okay for you to snap a picture of the empty room you're touring so you can remember details about it.


3. Have a Baby Shower

One of the more fun activities for your 3rd trimester is having your baby shower! As a seasoned mom and doula, I have ONE huge recommendation for post baby shower. Take what you do not want or need BACK. Yep, I said it. Take it back! I will not hurt (most) people's feeling and it will save you so much time and trouble in the future.


4. Set Up Your Nursery

Now that you have most of what you need, it's time to set it up. In the early days and weeks have a changing station and place for baby to nap in your main living space. You will all be spending quiet a bit of time in there. While you're hard at it, set up a nursing station close by your favorite spot to rest and relax at home. Include these essentials:

  • Nursing Pads

  • Nipple Balm

  • Burp Clothes

  • Snacks

  • Water

  • Chap-Stick

  • Hair Ties or Clip

  • Phone Charger

  • Haakaa (Optional)


5. Take MORE Classes

If there are two classes you should really invest in while you're pregnant is a really great breastfeeding class and an infant CPR course. Most hospitals offer infant CPR lessons for a very reasonable price and it's usually a one day class. For breastfeeding, spend a little more time researching to find the BEST class in your area. Especially if this is your first time breastfeeding or had a hard time breastfeeding in the past.


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6. Install the Car Seat

Be sure to do this one! By 36 weeks, have the car seat and base properly installed and checked out by your local fire department. You won't be able to take your baby or babies home until you have it installed. There are monthly car seat inspection events at local fire stations, baby depot stores and parks. Check your community for inspections near you!


7. Write Your Birth Plan

If you haven't already have your wishes and preferences for labor and delivery on paper, now is the time. I highly recommend everyone have a birth plan!


Here is a simple list of categories that many birth plans have:

  • Support Team

  • Environment

  • Medication

  • Movement & Monitoring

  • Nutrition

  • Pushing

  • Birth

  • Newborn Needs

  • Unforeseen Circumstances


8. Plan for Postpartum

One way to have a wonderful recovery period, is by planning ahead. Get all the essentials like pads, Earth Mama Angel Baby bottom spray, black panties, witch hazel, nursing bras, etc. Check out this post for a more detailed postpartum list.


Some other ways to plan are by:

Arranging Sibling Care

Arranging Pet Care

Have Help for New Mom, Dad, & Baby Care

Setting Up a Meal Train

Meal Prep


9. Find A Pediatrician

While it's not a requirement, it does reduce some of the postpartum stress to find the perfect pediatrician before your baby arrives. Most babies will need to be seen by their pediatrician within the first week of life. Sore, engorged, and sleep deprived in not the best time to make try to tackle this task.


10. Have A Blessingway

A "Blessingway" is a traditional Navajo celebration focusing solely on the expecting mama! Only inviting the closest women in their life, the soon-to-deliver mom is given gifts, read positive birth stories, fed nutritious food, her feet are washed and her hair braided before a flower crown in placed on top of her head. Blessingways are also symbolic. They represent the journey all new mother's embark on and the many women who stand by her side for support during this transition. It represents the opening of the gate known as labor and the expecting mother's readiness to cross over into motherhood.



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