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What to Ask in the Third Trimester


The third trimester has been so sweet to me. I’m really enjoying pregnancy right now – I’m SO excited for Stella to get here but I also kind of don’t want it to end! I *love* learning about new things, so pregnancy has been an educational playground for me hehe. I am making a list of questions to ask my OBGYN in the third trimester and wanted to share. There are so many things on here that I had never even HEARD of pre-pregnancy.

What to Ask in the Third Trimester

1. At this time, will only my husband be allowed in the hospital/delivery room?

2. Do you know what equipment is available at the hospital? Exercise ball, peanut ball, squat bar?

3. Does this hospital offer a walking epidural or just a standard epidural?

Learning Time!

If you didn’t know, there are two ways to get an epidural. You can get it done the standard way, or you can get a walking epidural. Essentially, the methods use different drugs, the process is a bit different, and the mother’s mobility is different for each. For a standard epidural, the mother can’t really feel an sensation and can’t move her lower half hardly at all. For the walking epidural, the mother definitely won’t be walkin’ around while giving birth, but there is more control and flexibility of the lower half. It gives you more options and positions for birthing.

4. After I have my epidural, am I allowed to roll to my side to push or only stay on my back?

5. Can you see a pelvic floor specialist before labor? Or do you recommend after?

6. Is it okay to perform self-perineal massage in the next few weeks?

7. Are there exercises or ways to prevent further diastasis recti?

Learning Time!

According to the Oxford Dictionary, diastasis recti is the “separation of the muscles along the midline of the abdomen, typically as seen in women during and after pregnancy or (as a congenital anomaly) in newborn babies.” My abs have been splitting during my pregnancy, so I’m trying to be proactive about it, even though many cases do eventually go away by themselves after birth.

I have so appreciated how non-judgmental and kind y’all have been throughout my pregnancy and I always appreciate tips! What else do you think I should ask?? What questions are specific to the third trimester? If you’re looking for more pregnancy content, my hospital bag post is up now (and your comments are so helpful)!

XOXO Dani

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    JT
    October 2, 2020 at 5:18 pm

    Ask about your birth plan, placenta storing, if you plan to keep it. Skin to skin if it’s immediately after giving birth or a bath in between.

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    Ashley
    October 2, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    I would ask what their procedures are after you deliver her…skin to skin or do they take her immediately and give her a bath? Can she go to the nursery? Or is she only allowed to stay in the room? Do they allow pacis?

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      Celeste
      October 2, 2020 at 7:50 pm

      Great questions and awesome you are already looking into tips for diastasis recti! This is my 3rd pregnancy and I discovered the Vagina Whisperer and love her power pregnancy plan with pelvic floor tips. I would ask OB how soon he/she wants you to head to hospital when you are in labor, do they routinely perform episiotomies (this is now an outdated technique newer research shows you heal faster from a spontaneous tear vs cut), and delayed cord cutting til it stops pulsing (so many benefits to this!) So happy for you!

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        Staci B
        October 3, 2020 at 2:13 am

        I would ask about cord blood/cord tissue donation. (Unless you already plan to collect and store it.) Some companies that allow donation will give you a discount if you need it and they still have it stored.

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    Britt Runion
    October 2, 2020 at 6:09 pm

    I would ask if you need help to get the baby out do they use forceps or suction – there are different thoughts on these.

    Will they test for group B and what the plan is if you are positive but go through labor quickly – will they administer the meds.

    Will you use stirrups or not?

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    Shaunna
    October 3, 2020 at 10:58 am

    Make sure Jordan is there to go over all the medications they’ll prescribe you and how they help you. It’s important to log your meds so you don’t miss taking them. Also, I would strongly recommend that Jordan is with you when you fill out any important hospital paperwork.

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    Kelsey Skipps
    October 3, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    Love it! Just found out I am pregnant last week and first time! New to all this! Love reading your content much appreciated!

  • Reply
    Keyanna Suddreth
    October 26, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    Not pregnant yet, but so glad I came across this so that it crosses my mind (in due time) to ask questions like these! Taking notes over here! haha

    I’m glad other experienced mamas chimed in in the comments here with additional great questions to ask!

    xx
    Key
    https://storiesbysuddreth.com/

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