Home Stretch: Must-Have Gear for the Third Trimester

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The third trimester can be tough—exhaustion, swollen feet, and sleepless nights. But help is here, mama! We’ve rounded up 11 key items to get you all the way to 40 weeks. Scroll down to find the goods that’ll soothe tired tootsies, fight off bloat, and get you relaxed and ready to welcome your bundle of joy.

1. Blissful Belly
Keep your stretching skin smooth and itch-free with Treesnail’s Belly Balm. It’s full of all-natural ingredients like cocoa butter and almond oil. The third-trimester-specific formula includes essential oils — soothing lavender and chamomile— that will help you relax.

Available at Etsy shop treensnail, $12.50.

2. Pampered Toes
Baby those tired, swollen feet with a soak in HoMedic’s foot spa. It collapses for easy storage, and gentle vibration combines with a textured surface for a super-soothing massage.

Available at bedbathandbeyond.com, $39.99.


3. Top it Off
The third trimester is a great time to pick up a cute maternity top that transitions to post-partum nursing with ease. The functional front snaps on this tank make it simple to feed a hungry babe, and the sleeveless style and cotton-spandex blend will keep you cool during your last weeks of pregnancy.

Available at nordstrom.com, $48.

4. Tea for Two
To help your body prepare to push out a baby, sip an herbal tea like the Ripe & Ready blend from Birds & Beas Teas. This tea is made for mamas 38 weeks and beyond. Ingredients like raspberry leaf and crystallized pineapple are said to prepare the uterus for labor and help with recovery afterward — and the tea tastes good, too!

Available at birdsandbeasteas.com, $18.

5. Get Your Z’s
Tossing and turning come night time, or hoping to sneak in more naps? Block out the light like a Hollywood starlet with Slip’s luxurious silk sleep mask, made using nontoxic dyes.

Available at anthropologie, $45.


6. A Leg Up
Preggers’ compression tights, socks, and leggings, offered in light to firm support, promote circulation, fight exhaustion, and keep swelling to a minimum. These leggings come in black, coal grey, and navy and were designed around input from mamas-to-be. You’ll love the thick fabric and smooth waistband that stretches to accommodate your growing belly.

Available at preggers.com, $32.95.

7. Ease Those Aches
In the end of your pregnancy, sometimes it seems like everything hurts. If you can’t fit in a prenatal massage, try working out some knots with a pack of textured massage balls from FlexFixx. In three sizes, they work especially well for feet but can also be used on the lower back or other trouble spots.

Available at amazon.com, $17.99.

8. Suit Up
Swimming is a highly beneficial pregnancy workout — it’s easy on your joints, and floating through the water can fight bloat. But you will need a swimsuit that’ll accommodate your bump. Pez D’Or’s maternity tankini uses flexible boning for support, and the two-piece gives your belly extra room to grow.

Available at nordstrom.com, $99.


9. Have a Ball
Baby Bump’s patented yoga ball features six tiny legs that keep the ball from rolling away. During your third trimester, the ball helps you get gentle exercise and makes a comfortable desk chair that supports good posture and a strong core (which means less back pain). Some women also use the big, squishy ball during labor to manage discomfort, and bouncing is the key to soothing your little one to sleep.

Available at amazon.com, $39.99

10. Yogi Mama
Boost your fitness routine with a yoga DVD that costs less than a prenatal yoga class. Element: Prenatal and Postnatal Yoga includes two easy-to-follow yoga practices, one just right for the third trimester and another to help you relax and stretch after your baby arrives.

Available at amazon.com, $7.55.


11. It’s in the Bag
At 35 weeks or so, it’s time to prep your birthing bag. Make it easy on yourself with our guide to packing a hospital bag  and this duffle bag that comes pre-filled with essential all-natural toiletries.

Available at Esty shop laboroflove, $96.99.

What’s your favorite way to pamper yourself during pregnancy? Let us know below.

— Oz Spies

featured photo: freestocks.org via unsplash

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