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Third-trimester: Getting ready before due date

Date: Friday, Aug 14, 2020

You might be feeling nervous and excited right now, as your baby's due date approaches. You’ve probably attended pre-natal classes to prepare you for labour, and learn how to look after your new baby. And, of course, you might have even picked a baby name.

But there's so much more you can do as your baby’s due date comes ever closer. Some of these are things every pregnant woman has been told about, while others might have never crossed your mind before.

You can never be too prepared! Take note of the list below, and tick off the items you’ve accomplished before your baby arrives.

Have a birth plan

The third trimester is the right time to prepare a birth plan, as you and your partner prepare for the arrival of your new baby. On your part, this offers peace of mind; for your birth team, this offers helpful, clear instructions for any medical staff involved.

The birth plan will include whether you wish to give birth at home or at the hospital; what kind of pain management you'd be comfortable with; your requests should you need a C-section; your plans for your partner’s participation in the birth, say, if they want to cut the umbilical cord; and your wish that the child's cord blood be set aside.

It's not because you want to be a typical 'kiasu' Singaporean; having a detailed birth plan will be extremely beneficial to everyone involved. And this birth plan should be shared with everyone directly involved in your baby's birth.

Choose a paediatrician

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As you look forward to your baby's impending birth, one of the most important decisions to make is to pick a doctor for your child. While most regular GPs will be able to give your baby their compulsory vaccinations, you might also want to have a paediatrician who will be able to help with child-specific queries.

You might want to get recommendations from your obstetrician, family or friends. Alternatively, you may simply choose a practice that's closest to where you live, or offers the most flexible opening hours.

If possible, arrange a visit with your doctor of choice before your baby is born, so you can familiarise yourself with their practice and see if you're comfortable with the doctor.

Get the appropriate baby gear

You've probably got baby's nursery ready by now (it's best to do this in the second trimester so you have time to get all the items that might not be in stock) so it's time to get all the other stuff that baby will need before their due date.

You can start with supplies such as diapers, diaper cream, diaper wipes and a diaper bag. This is a good time to get a baby carrier too, as well as a stroller and any other accessories such as a baby monitor.

And, if you own a car, this is the right time to buy a car seat for baby, so that you can drive them home from the hospital. Don't forget to practice setting it up a few times so that neither mum nor dad will panic and fumble when it's time to put it to use!

Enjoy quality partner time

The third trimester represents the last few weeks that you'll be able to spend time with your partner as just a couple; make the most of it. Go on romantic date nights, or spend quality time together at home, doing the things you enjoy.

If you're having an uncomplicated pregnancy and have the time and money to spare, why not go on a 'babymoon'? It’s a good reason to book a staycation at a hotel and splurge on a five-star suite to mark this special occasion.

Pamper yourself

Quality 'me time' will be rare/nonexistent for a few months once baby arrives, so take this opportunity to relax and pamper yourself. Book a spa day, go for a facial, or get a nice hair treatment done. Just make sure that whatever you choose, it's safe for pregnant women.

Stock up

You won't have much time to go shopping especially in the first few weeks after delivery, so make a run to your local supermarket before zero hour strikes. Stock up on non-perishable foods and household items so you don't run out.

Sure, it would be easy to get your groceries delivered after your baby arrives, but the time and effort needed to arrange a delivery might not be ideal when you’ll have your hands full with your newborn. If you’re not breastfeeding, put milk powder on top of your groceries list.

Pack your hospital bag

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Be prepared for the big day by packing a bag with everything you'll need for it and the few days after. Include comfortable clothes for yourself, an outfit for your baby to wear when you take them home, your favourite toiletries to use at the hospital (travel-sized ones are perfect), as well as your phone – don't forget your charger too!

Also, you won't know how long your labour will last, so include items that will keep you company while you wait, such as snacks, books, music or a tablet with your favourite TV shows/movies.

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