The 3rd trimester of pregnancy is when things get uncomfortable, as your body is nearing its limits for how much growing and stretching it can do. It’s so amazing, isn’t it? Despite all my 3rd trimester aches and pains (and the raging hormones, I might add) I’ve been shocked at what my body can do. I look at my stretch marks and marvel at how much work my body has been able to do, all for this little girl. But there are definitely a handful of 3rd trimester must-haves that can make it all easier!
Amazon has some really great ones, so I put together this list of Amazon’s top rated 3rd trimester must-haves. The majority of these items are either best sellers or Amazon’s Choice — which means Amazon suggests products that are highly-rated, well-priced and include Amazon Prime shipping, but I’ve also included some items I’ve heard really good things about or love myself.
Red Raspberry Leaf Tea
The American Pregnancy Association says there are medical studies that have shown that red raspberry leaf tea has many pregnancy benefits. It’s safe to drink during pregnancy and is said to decrease the length of labor and prevent interventions such as artificial membrane rupture and c-sections. It can also help you from delivering too early or too late.
It’s a great 3rd trimester must-have, especially since it’s recommended you start drinking it in your 2nd, but definitely by your 3rd trimester. It contains an alkaloid called fragrine, which can help strengthen the uterus and pelvic area, which is important when labor is near! Some say you should start drinking it at around 32 weeks so it can build up in your body. If you have questions, ask your midwife or doctor.
It doesn’t taste like raspberries, but more like a black tea (without the caffeine!).
The Traditional Medicines brand of Raspberry Leaf tea is organic, non-GMO verified, and Kosher.
Body/under the bump pillows
Do I even need to explain this 3rd trimester must-have? Sleep is soooooo uncomfortable in the 3rd trimester. Amazon has a lot of really great choices for pregnancy body pillows, and even “under the bump” ones (or wedges) so the weight of your belly is supported. I love this idea, because my ribs always hurt when I sleep on my side! Which is really the only way you should sleep later in pregnancy, apparently, since sleeping on your back can block major blood vessels. It’s recommended you sleep on your left side as much as possible once you reach mid-pregnancy, since it increases the amount of blood and nutrients to the placenta, according to the American Pregnancy Association.
Maternity leggings are definitely at the top of the list when it comes to 3rd trimester must-haves. I can’t live without mine! They’re great because you can lounge around the house in them but they’re still generally acceptable to wear out in public. These super soft, over the belly support maternity leggings even have a built-in maternity support belt, so you can adjust them according to your belly’s size! This is awesome because you grow SO MUCH in the 3rd trimester. It’s like, HELLO belly!
Let’s be honest, birth scares me. The good thing is that there is a wealth of information out there to help you prepare, including so many great books. Birthing books are great because you can read up on a few different birthing methods or techniques and then pick the one (or two!) that you feel most comfortable with/work for you and your partner. I’ve heard some particularly great things about Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, especially if you’re looking to have a natural birth. Amazon says:
Drawing upon her thirty-plus years of experience, Ina May Gaskin, the nation’s leading midwife, shares the benefits and joys of natural childbirth by showing women how to trust in the ancient wisdom of their bodies for a healthy and fulfilling birthing experience. Based on the female-centered Midwifery Model of Care, Ina May’s Guide to Natural Childbirth gives expectant mothers comprehensive information on everything from the all-important mind-body connection to how to give birth without technological intervention.
Here are some more birthing books that focus on natural birth:
A birthing ball is so helpful when you’re nearing the end! Bouncing on it can be a great form of exercise, and will help prepare you for labor. Keep in mind that an exercise ball that is too small won’t be as effective. Birthing balls need to be between 65cm and 75cm in height when inflated, according to Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond.
Sitting on an exercise or birthing ball (really most exercise balls can work as birthing balls) helps with your posture and will help open the pelvis.
More benefits of birth balls from MamaNatural.com:
- Help balance the ligaments, tendons, and muscles in the pelvic area so baby can settle into an optimal position
- During labor, it may coax baby into a better position
- Helps strengthen the lower back
- May support an easier, shorter labor
- May reduce pain during labor
- May increase blood flow to the uterus
- Can relieve back pain and back labor
- Reduce the likelihood of needing an epidural or C-section
- Reduce stress and anxiety
When should you use a birth ball? Besides during labor, you can prep for it by sitting on it while working at your desk, watching TV, eating dinner, etc.
This exercise/birth ball is available in five sizes, comes in a bunch of cute colors, and is really versatile — it can be used for yoga, pilates, low impact exercises, and ab and back strengthening.
Getting enough protein while pregnant has been a HUGE struggle for me. Protein bars are an easy addition to your diet, and are a quick way to get some protein in. I prefer to eat ones that have more organic, natural ingredients, so these RXBARS are great. They have 12 grams of egg protein in them! They have have no added sugar and are gluten free.
- Chocolate Sea Salt
- Maple Sea Salt
- Peanut Butter
- Mint Chocolate
- Coconut Chocolate
- Coconut Cacao
- Mixed Berry
- Apple Cinnamon
- Pumpkin Spice
- Coffee Chocolate
You can also purchase them in a variety pack.
I’m also a huge fan of the thinkThin protein bars. They come in a few different variations, but I love the High Protein ones that have 20 grams (20 GRAMS!) of protein and 0 grams of sugar. The Lemon Delight flavor is my favorite. They also come in various flavors of Protein and Fiber, Protein Nut, Protein Cakes, Protein Bites, and Protein and Superfruit and High Protein Plant-Based bars.
This 3rd trimester must-haves list would not be complete without a nursing bra. During the 3rd trimester, everything is getting bigger…even (or for some, especially!) the boobs. There isn’t much point in getting a new bra that isn’t nursing friendly, since you’ll be nursing (if you choose to) sooner than you think.
These ones come in a three pack and have no underwire, which in my opinion is great because underwire can be soooo uncomfortable when your breasts are changing. The nice thing about these are that they come with extenders, so you can adjust the size as you grow.
Hot water bottle or rice bag
Heat therapy has been my saving grace these last few weeks. I love heating up a rice bag in the microwave and wedging it between my lower back and a pillow as I fall asleep at night.
This heat pack is filled with rice and has three pockets. It can be warmed up in the microwave or stuck in the freezer, depending on if you want it hot or cold. It’s also washable, 100% Natural, Eco-friendly, Pet Safe, and Made in USA.
Epsom salts, which aren’t actually salt but a crystalized form of magnesium and sulfate, have many benefits for pregnant women. A lot of the benefits are important in your last trimester, which make them an essential 3rd trimester must-have. When added to your bath, they help soothe sore muscles and stretching skin, reduce stress, and helps with any magnesium deficiency you might have.
These epsom salts are unsented and come in a 19 lb bulk bag and is USP grade and GMO free.
If you’re anything like me, you are SO SWOLLEN in your 3rd trimester. My left ankle is extra swollen because I sprained it when I was about 31 weeks (I don’t recommend it!). Wearing a compression brace was something that saved me.
These compression socks come in a 3 pack and can be used after pregnancy for running, traveling, etc.
Stretch mark cream
Stretch marks. Pregnancy’s most fun side effect (that’s sarcasm, btw). Some women don’t experience them, but a lot do. Thank goodness there are tons of different ones out there.
See some of Amazon’s top rated ones below!
What are some of your 3rd trimester must-haves? Tell me in the comments!
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