Third Trimester Support – Why You Need it

Amanda Gaudet, YegDoula

The end of pregnancy is not easy.

You may be tired, sore, uncomfortable, with a rapidly changing body and hormones. No position is comfortable and sometimes even walking hurts. You’re peeing all night and there is no sleep position that is comfortable. You’re becoming mentally and emotionally exhausted. Your relationship with your partner may feel strained. Life doesn’t stop or even slow down, especially if you have other children to care for. You still have to function: there’s laundry to do, meals to make, lunches to pack, commitments and weekly appointments, not to mention a house to keep in order…am I missing anything?

Support of any kind – whether postpartum or in the third trimester – is very unique to the individual. It may look different for me than it does for you because we might be struggling with different things.

Based on a recent poll I did in an Edmonton Mom’s Group, I found that over 1/3 of the respondents said that the third trimester was harder for them than postpartum and THAT is where they required more support. I. Get. This. So. Much.

You might be in that place where you are more ready for the pregnancy to end. As you near your “due date” you start to wonder when your baby will be born and it often becomes and emotional mind gave of “is this it?”. Experiencing prodromal labour, pelvic pain, and sleepless night might have you trying ALL the tricks of walking, sex, spicy foods, pineapples and/or stretch and sweeps. Sometimes these things work and sometimes they don’t. It may feel like your pregnancy will NEVER end and this baby will NEVER come.

Enter third trimester support.

Just like my postpartum consultations, I will sit down with you one-on-one to evaluate your needs (and it’s ok if these needs change). I’ll bring the coffee and we can meet in the comfort of your own home. Don’t worry about tidying up because I understand where you’re at and will never judge. Sit with your feet up and we can chat about how I can best support you in your last few weeks of pregnancy.

Do you need help with third trimester AND postpartum freezer meal prep? Grocery shopping? Child care while you attend your weekly prenatal appointments? Light household tasks? Emotional support? Nursery prep? Crib building? Laundry, laundry and more laundry? Do you need to be reminded that pregnancy is not forever? Do you want to talk about your options so you can discuss them with your care giver?

I am an Edmonton doula and along with my postpartum support services, I offer third trimester support. I see a need and I want to support your family, your way, in the time you need it most.


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