Black woman applying Palmer's Massage Lotion during her third trimester self care routine

Embracing the Bump: Self-Care During Pregnancy’s Third Trimester

You’ve made it through the first and second trimesters, mama-to-be! You've officially entered the third trimester – the final stretch before you get to meet your little bundle of joy. These last few months can be a rollercoaster, which makes a third trimester pregnancy self-care routine important. We’ve got the pregnancy self-care tips you need to design a routine to get you through the coming changes and ready to welcome your new addition.


Third Trimester Self-Care Tip 1. Prioritize Rest Like It's Your Side Hustle


When thinking about how to look after yourself in the third trimester, sleep is a #1 priority! Though getting a good night’s sleep when you can’t find a comfortable position can feel like an insurmountable task on your pregnancy self care checklist. We recommend making your sleep space a sanctuary – invest in comfy pillows, turn up the white noise machine and slather a lavender-infused cream on your bump to deeply moisturize any itchy or dry skin during pregnancy’s third trimester, while the lavender fragrance provides calming ambiance.  Embrace those power naps like a pro!


Third Trimester Self-Care Tip 2. Treat Yo' Self (and That Bump!)


Pregnancy can take a toll on your body, so don't be afraid to pamper yourself with a pregnancy self care routine. From treating yourself to a prenatal massage to applying your daily third trimester skin care routine, there are a million different ways how to take care of yourself during pregnancy. So put a Do Not Disturb sign on the bathroom door and luxuriate in applying your massage lotion from head to toe – now’s the time to show yourself some extra love.  

Pregnant woman holding Palmer's Massage Lotion during her third trimester self care routine

Third Trimester Self-Care Tip 3. Stay Hydrated, Hydrated, Hydrated


Water, water everywhere, and you should drink a lot of it! We’ve said it before, and we’ll continue saying it – keeping that trusty water bottle with you at all times is an important part of any pregnancy self care routine. Hydration is key during pregnancy, especially in the third trimester when dehydration can lead to pesky things like preterm labor. So, add “Drink Water” to your third trimester pregnancy self care list and keep that water bottle glued to your side like it's your BFF and sip away throughout the day.

While nourishing yourself from the inside out with that trusty water bottle, don’t forget to nourish yourself from the outside in as well. Along with the physical changes, you can develop sensitive or oily skin in the third trimester, so you’ll want to pay attention to the products that you include in your third trimester skin care routine. Using products that are hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic and dermatologist-approved, like Palmer’s Massage Lotion and Skin Therapy Oil, in your third trimester pregnancy self care routine can help keep your skin healthy and happy during the last months of your pregnancy.

Pregnant woman applying Palmer's Massage Lotion and Skin Therapy Oil during third trimester pregnancy self care routine

Pro tip: When that growing that growing belly gets itchy, grab a bottle of the Soothing Oil that combines nourishing ingredients like cocoa butter, vitamin E, collagen and elastin with lecithin to soothe the itch, while keeping skin hydrated and soft.


Third Trimester Self-Care Tip 4. Get Your Stretch On


As your belly grows, so does the need to stretch it out, literally. Incorporating gentle prenatal yoga or stretching exercises into your routine can work wonders for easing those aches and pains, improving circulation, and keeping your body feeling limber and strong.


Third Trimester Self-Care Tip 5. Prep Like a Boss


With the baby's arrival inching closer, now's the perfect time to get organized, a form of self care for pregnant moms itself! From packing your hospital bag with essentials like nourishing and hydrating body oil, to setting up the nursery, tackling those to-do lists will help ease any pre-baby jitters and ensure you're ready for whatever comes your way, allowing you to add “relax” to your pregnancy self care checklist – and actually check it off!

Pregnant woman sitting in bed holding Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil during her third trimester self care routine

Third Trimester Self-Care Tip 6. Listen to Your Body


Above all else, tune in to what your body is telling you! If you're feeling exhausted, give yourself permission to rest. Take a nap if you need it or indulge in your third trimester self care sesh to relax.  If something doesn't feel right, don't hesitate to reach out to your healthcare provider. Remember, you're growing a tiny human – you've got superhero powers now, but even superheroes need to take care of themselves.


So, there you have it – your ultimate guide to slaying the third trimester pregnancy self-care game. Don’t forget – carving out time for a pregnancy self care routine isn’t selfish, it’s important to keep you and your baby healthy. So, now you can stop asking “What is the best self care for the third trimester?” and embrace these tips to develop your own self care for pregnant moms routine. Now, go kick up your swollen feet, slip on those headphones and smooth on that lavender balm and take a nap knowing you’ve got this, mama!

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