the home stretch
Welcome to the 3rd Trimester! Your baby is fully formed . . . now his or her top priority is just to grow. This is a great time to focus on good nutrition, fitness and movement, and healthy lifestyle choices. Now is the time to increase your NORA+ infusion to a quart per day.
I have a new homework assignment for you . . . and I'd love if you do it daily until you have your baby is in your arms. As you round the corner into the 3rd trimester, you will notice that you are even more aware of your baby.
Every evening after dinner, please lay down, and see how many minutes it takes your baby to move 10 times. You will quickly see that with lots of good nutrition on a full stomach, your baby will move 10 times in about an hour. Most babies will “move it out” in 10-20 minutes. Your baby's movement is the best indicator of how well they are doing.
There are many great apps out there, but if you are a pen and paper kind of person, here’s a handout to keep track of your baby's movements.
There Really is Good Bacteria
If you have not already started taking probiotics regularly, this is the time to begin. Research supports that taking particular probiotics strains can reduce the chances of vaginal and/or rectal GBS colonization. You can find my favorite ones listed on the supplement page.
Everyone should take birth classes. Ideally, you should finish your classes by 36 weeks. You can find a list of great teachers on the birth classes page.
Time to get a Doula
Doulas are probably the second best investment you can make to help you have the birth you desire. There’s plenty of research that points to the benefit of having skilled labor support. A doula can help you avoid a hospital transfer for pain, exhaustion, malpositioning, stress, and more. She can also help you have great memories, good food, and lots of emotional support. Doulas are experts at helping you navigate all of the various challenges of labor. I truly believe every laboring family should have a doula. You can find my favorites on the doula page.