The third trimester is the time when the baby grows faster than before and attains the full size towards the end. The mother gets tired more often now and cannot have long periods of activity without rest. The baby gets bigger and the mother may be uncomfortable lying down in the same position and needs to change positions frequently. If you have a family member with you now, it can be of immense help. They can accompany you and your partner for doctor’s visits. Pre-natal visits are scheduled every two weeks from about the twenty-eighth week and these can be exhausting, especially if you have to wait for the doctor in the waiting room. It can be a blessing to have someone else with you and your partner.
Having someone from the family to be with you to help with chores and remind you to eat and take your vitamins regularly can be a source of comfort for both you and your partner. This is even more so if your partner’s job requires him to travel. If you do have family staying nearby do not hesitate to ask for help at this time. Your family would be glad that you asked and be happy to help in any way possible.
Visit the hospital or birthing centre with your family member who has chosen to help you with the birthing and post delivery period, if you want them to be present during the birth. Introduce them to the staff at the hospital so that they know when the time comes she is also going to be there with you. Go over the birth plan with her so that she is familiar with her role during the labour.
Keep the rest of the family or at least a few close members informed of the stage of the pregnancy and if any complications are present so that they can be there with you in case of any emergency. There is no support or comfort that is better than the family in times of crisis.
Find out the rules that your hospital has with regards to visitors in advance and let the extended family know, as once the baby is born everyone is sure to want to come and visit as soon as possible.