Pregnancy in the Third Trimester: Are You Ready to Deliver?
Once you have reached your third trimester of pregnancy, it is ideal if you have started taking childbirth classes and preparing your home for the new baby. However, there is no need to panic if you feel behind on your planning for parenthood. Here are some simple steps you can take to catch up and feel ready to welcome your baby to the world.
Take a weekend childbirth class
At West Hills Hospital, we offer Childbirth Weekend Express classes to help parents with busy schedules get educated about labor and delivery and newborn care. This class takes place in two five-hour sessions over a single weekend so you can use it to get a jump start on preparing for childbirth or get caught up if you are already in the third trimester.
Choose a pediatrician
The American Pregnancy Association recommends that expectant parents choose a pediatrician in the second or third trimester of pregnancy. If you have not already found a pediatrician that you like, West Hills Hospital’s Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line can connect you with doctors in the area so your search is easier.
Set time aside for yourself
Even if you do not feel fully prepared, it is important to keep your stress low so that you can sleep well and stay healthy. Enjoy the free time that you have before the baby arrives and use stress-relief techniques like massage or warm baths to maintain a positive attitude as your due date approaches.
For all the help you need preparing for childbirth and parenting, visit West Hills Hospital & Medical Center. Check out our upcoming classes and Birth Center tours by visiting our website or calling us at (818) 676-4000. From the first trimester to newborn care, we are there to help you give your baby the best possible start for good health.