Just when you finally got over the morning sickness, and fatigue and started to feel comfortable in your maternity pants, the final stretch arrives. Many women have already gained at least 25 pounds at this point, and in some cases, even more. When the third trimester begins, you start to find fewer and fewer clothes fit, and it’s more challenging to do simple things like tie your shoes.

You may look down at your tummy and start to wonder how you possibly could have three more months of growing left to do. Fear not, however. Surviving the third trimester is possible by taking the right steps.

As your body stretches and your baby gets bigger and bigger, take a look at some of the best tips to make yourself more comfortable.

Create a Birth Plan

There may be a lot of doubts in your mind surrounding the day you give birth. You may worry whether you’re in good hands and whether you or your baby may get hurt in the process

With so much uncertainty, it helps to have a plan on hand. The purpose of a birth plan is to communicate your personal wishes to your doctor in order to have the birth experience that you desire.

It empowers you as a mother knowing that you a plan in mind. It can make you feel much more prepared for the big day, giving you one less thing to worry about! 

Go For Walks

It may seem counterintuitive; however, walking can actually help ease your fatigue. It may also reduce the swelling in your legs, decrease your blood pressure, and help clear your mind. If you’re feeling stressed or hormonal, a walk can often help you get to a meditative state of peace. 

Scale Back Your Schedule

It’s okay to give yourself less to do during your third trimester. As your baby takes up a good portion of your body, simple tasks like standing in one place to wash the dishes can be laborious. 

Cut yourself some slack and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Order take out instead of cooking. Ask a friend to unload your groceries instead of getting it yourself. 

Treat Yourself

One of the best ways to manage your discomfort is to treat yourself. Buy yourself a maternity pillow to help ease the pressure on your hips at night. Go get a massage. Make an appointment for a pedicure. If you’re tired, lay down and treat yourself to a long nap. 

Do whatever it takes to help yourself feel more comfortable. You may not have the opportunity to treat yourself once the baby is here! Use this time wisely.