Third Trimester Essentials

Throughout my pregnancy, I have found it fascinating to see what other women consider to be vital during each stage of the process. There are some commonalities, of course, but everyone’s experience seems to be so unique. Each stage has brought its own perks and challenges, but the third trimester has been pretty good to me so far. I’m a bit quicker to tire than I was previously and due to my ludicrously short torso, acid reflux has been a pervasive presence in my esophagus, but for the most part, I’ve been nesting blissfully and making all kinds of key baby preparations as we steadily make our way toward the finish-line. Here are some necessities that I’ve relied on recently.

Hydration Aid

I’ve been trying to gulp down as much water as my stomach will make room for, and my trusty Contigo has been the perfect accomplice. I got this for free at a trade show the company attended, but I love how easy it is to keep track of the amount I’ve consumed, and how easy this bottle makes it to tote water anywhere and everywhere.

Comfortable PJ’s

Most of my truly expansive tummy growth has taken place this trimester and being comfortable at bedtime is challenging enough, so the right sleepwear is a priority. I’m lucky to have a mom who sent me the most comfortable tank/shorts set to fulfill this need, but if I didn’t have those, here are a few options I’d consider.

Gap Shorts with an OVERsized Tee:

JCrew Night Shirt 

In either case, it’s a flowy, cool option for bedtime. Dan has been grumbling about how cool I like to keep the room at night, and bundling up in his thermal jammies, but I tend to run a bit hotter these days, so pajama pants and thick sleepwear wouldn’t cut it for me.

A Pillow Fort

I have heard countless recommendations for body pillows (like the Snoogle from Target below).

Because I was attempting to make my pregnancy as economical as possible, I did not invest in one. I made my own! I have always been a fan of snuggling with pillows on either side of me in bed, but now I have a legitimate, physical reason for taking up more room in the bed. I have a pillow for my head and then a pillow on either side, creating a “fort” that I can use much like a Snoogle to alleviate back and hip pain at night.


My last glass of wine was back in February. Needless to say, I miss this once-venerated treat in my life. To combat occasional feelings of deprivation, I insert substitutes. It varies from week to week, but my current favorites are:

Reese’s Peanut Butter Pumpkins – seasonal AND tasty, I tend to grab these as an impulse buy when near a cash register of any kind.

Grapefruit Juice with Soda Water – introduced to me by my pregnant friend, Jenn, this combination is pretty addicting. Those who AREN’T with child could probably add some vodka or champagne as well for a twist on the traditional mimosa.

These are the things making life better for me at the moment as an ALMOST mom. Any other moms or moms to be out there who have third trimester suggestions to share?

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