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Pregnancy Advice: 31-42 Weeks

The best of our articles and advice for your third and final trimester

By Mamas & Papas

As you reach your third and final trimester, there's still lots to learn. We've edited together a range of articles we think we'll help give you some support and you - finally! - reach the finish line.

This is it! The home stretch! We say that, but this run of weeks will probably feel like the longest yet! But don't worry, baby will arrive before you know it, and hopefully not too soon.

There's still bits to sort and finalise but the main thing is to get yourself prepared, taking it easy, getting lots of rest and making sure you're clued up on what's to come. If you thought pregnancy was a revelation, wait until you experience the world of parenting.

There's nothing better than life with a little one, but no one pretends it's easy. As with pregnancy, the more you know up front, the more you're prepared. We've pulled together the best articles to help you prepare yourself for these last few weeks of pregnancy.

Getting Ready for the Birth

The birth is getting closer by the minute (no pressure) so it's best to make sure that you're ready for when your little one arrives. We've got some top articles to make sure you're packed and ready to head to the hospital.

What to Pack in Your Hospital Bag

A hospital bag is a life saver. As soon as your little one arrives, any sense of what you need and what's important goes out the window. So it's best if normal, non-tired, non-stressed you has everything packed and ready well before the birth.

Our handy hospital bag guide has everything you need to make sure you're stocked up and ready to go in plenty of time.

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Your Last Minute Essential Checklist

As you're getting your hospital bag sorted, it's best to make sure you've stocked up on all those baby essentials you've probably never needed before. We've pulled together a list of essential items and clothing you'll need when baby arrives.

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Madeleine Shaw: How to Throw an Awesome Baby Shower

The birth of a baby is a perfect excuse for a party, and who says you need to wait for them to arrive before you throw one? Maybe you fancy throwing yourself a baby shower, or if you’re looking for advice to throw one for the mum-to-be in your life, we have just the thing. Ace blogger Madeleine Shaw has some top tips for throwing a party to remember.

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Parenting Advice

As you're about to embark upon this next stage of your journey - becoming a parent - we've pulled together some advice from people who's been there.

Madeleine Shaw: 3 Things I've Learnt Since Becoming a Mum

As well as being a nutrition expert and all round wellness guru, Madeleine Shaw is also a new mum. And as a new mum, she's in the perfect position to know pretty much how you're feeling at the moment. So she imparts some of her new-found wisdom on the world of babies and parenting.

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Health & Wellbeing

It’s important to look after yourself during pregnancy, but especially during these final few weeks. This is probably when you’ll be at your most tired and uncomfortable, so it’s important to look after yourself. We’ve got some articles to help.

Fitness in Your Third Trimester

We’ve shared the advice of Move Your Frame – the Shoreditch fitness gurus – before, but now they’re back with some great advice for keeping yourself feeling fit even in your third trimester.

It’s good advice but just remember to listen to your body and be sure you’re not pushing yourself too hard.

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The Mum Diary: Reflexology

It’s always reassuring to see how other mums are copying with the discomfort of these final few weeks of pregnancy, so why not read Rosalind Sack’s Mum Diary on how she turned to reflexology to help resolve some of her aches and pains.

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There are lots of different ways to make your birthing story a calm and relaxed one, and one good way is through hypnobirthing. Instead of trying to explain it (badly) we thought we’d leave it to the experts. Siobhan Miller runs the Positive Birth Company which promotes hypnobirthing as a stress-free way to deliver your child.

Below are two articles that might be worth a read:

What is Hypnobirthing and How Does it Work

Siobhan gives us the low down on what exactly is hypnobirthing and how it can work for you.

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Hypnobirthing: How to Breathe Your Way to a Positive Birth

With yet more advice on how hypnobirthing can help you, Siobhan digs a little deeper into how breathing is central to helping you through not only your birth but the final weeks of pregnancy.

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Feeding Your Baby

Although your baby isn’t quite here yet – unless they didn’t feel like waiting any longer! – It’s good to get yourself prepared for feeding them. Sometimes getting your child to take your breast or a bottle, can be tricky, so the more you know going in, the easier it should be to deal with.

We’ve created a series of articles to help you get your head round things, whether you end up breastfeeding, bottle-feeding or both.

The M&P Guide to Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding is a natural thing, but that doesn’t make it easy. There’s a definite knack to it, but even if it takes a little time, you’ll get there. Our guide to breastfeeding is the perfect starting point.

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The M&P Guide to Bottle Feeding

Not everyone can breastfeed, not everyone chooses to. Whatever you reason for bottle-feeding, it’s important to know how best to get your child to take milk. Our handy guide explains it all and should be enough to get you started.

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And with that, we've imparted all the knowledge we have for your pregnancy journey. Don't forget, you can always go back through and check out our previous advice, from 0-12 weeks, 13-20 weeks and 21-30 weeks. Or why not take a stroll through our Discover homepage to see what else with have.

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