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Staying Productive Through Third-Trimester Pregnancy Blues

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Madison is a stay-at-home mom and a freelance writer. She received her B.A. in English from BYU-Idaho and she enjoys crafting and baking.


Pregnancy Blues

I am now in my third trimester of pregnancy and my job at a local school just ended for the school year.

I am extremely happy that my job is over because being this far into the pregnancy is proving to be very difficult. Even normal everyday tasks are becoming more and more difficult.

I am calling this period of time my third-trimester pregnancy blues because I am the type of person who feels the need to be productive each and every day, and right now I am having a hard time getting through the grocery store without needing to sit down.

Things You May be Feeling or Dealing With

Now that you have reached your third trimester there are many different things you may be feeling or dealing with as far as your physical health goes:

  • Braxton-Hicks Contractions
    Though many medical journals, blogs, and websites will tell you about Braxton Hicks contractions as if they are a tickle in your stomach, they can be pretty painful. Braxton Hicks contractions can make it hard to breathe for a couple of seconds, they can make it hard to stay in whatever position you are in, and they can even make it painful to walk at times. Basically they are the practice versions of real contractions, which means they could eventually turn into real labor.
  • Anemia
    Anemia is when your body has a very low level of hemoglobin, a protein found in your red blood cells that contains iron. Low hemoglobin means low iron. Having low amounts of iron could make your baby’s growth rate slow, make you prone to fainting and dizzy spells, and make you more tired.
  • Backache
    This is one of the worst third trimester symptoms when it comes to trying to combat your physical pains for productivity. You are feeling more back pains because of the extra weight gain; you may also feel some pains in your pelvis and hips as everything is stretching and loosening.
  • Weight Gain
    Gaining weight is another fascinating, as well as sometimes painful or annoying, part of pregnancy. This extra weight can make it difficult and downright frustrating to move around.
  • Shortness of Breath
    With everything inside of you being squished and pushed around by your baby, it is no wonder you run out of breath more quickly. Shortness of breath can make it difficult to get around, clean, work, or be productive.
  • Heartburn
    Heartburn is another thing you can look forward to in your third trimester of pregnancy. You can try to avoid it by eating smaller meals and keeping away from spicy or fried foods.
  • Swelling
    This will be more of a problem if you are in your third trimester during the summer; you could have swollen legs, ankles, and feet.
  • Frequent Urination
    Trying to be productive when you need to go to the bathroom every few minutes can be extremely frustrating and make you less inclined to try to start different projects and actually get things accomplished.
  • Frequent tiredness or exhaustion
    This is the one that gets most pregnant women discouraged about being productive because they get too tired to finish a lot of the things they start.

What Makes You Feel Productive?

Keep in mind what makes you feel good about your day, what makes you feel accomplished, or what makes you feel productive about what you are doing.

  • Maybe having a clean house makes you feel accomplished; or,
  • maybe you work from home, and getting a certain amount of work done each day makes you feel productive; or,
  • maybe you like doing crafty projects around the house.

Continue to do some of the things that make you feel fulfilled and productive so that you counter some of the effects of third trimester blues.

Tips for Staying Motivated and Productive

So how do we stay productive while we are in our third trimester waddling around and feeling tired all the time?

Though there really is no easy answer, here are a few tips I have found to be very helpful during my own pregnancy:

  • Don’t bite off more than you can chew.
    When you are sitting down to think about the things you want to accomplish for the day, try to realize what you can and can’t do. Be aware of the fact that you will not be able to move around as quickly as you used to, which means you probably won’t be able to get as much done.
  • Write down your goals for each day and each week.
    Write down your daily and weekly goals. After a couple of days, and after a few weeks, you should be able to get a better idea of what you can do during that amount of time.
  • Take the time to rest.
    Being productive could also mean that you know when you should take the time to rest, nap, sleep or sit down. Taking the time to rest will actually give you more energy and motivation to accomplish more later on.
  • Ask for help.
    Let’s face it, you are pregnant, so there will be no better time to get others to do things for you. If you are like me, asking for help with things you used to be able to do on your own is much easier said than done. But learning to ask for help can be one of the best things you can do for your own health and for the sanity of those around you.
  • Recognize your limitations and be happy with the things you can accomplish.
    This is probably one of the hardest things to do, but recognizing your limitations is the best step to feeling better about the things you are able to accomplish each day. Instead of being upset because you didn’t accomplish everything on your list for the day or the week, look at all the things you were able to do and be happy about them.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.