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Jessie James Decker’s third trimester woes are so relatable

The third trimester of pregnancy is an amazing time: You're getting so close to meeting baby, your bump is a clear sign people should offer seats to you and those baby kicks are in full force.


But, let's be real, there are some downsides to the third trimester—and third-time mama Jessie James Decker knows all about those.

“My belly is so low this time and sleeping is getting very uncomfortable. I have to pee every 30 minutes no joke," she says in a new Instagram post to mark 30 weeks.

As unpleasant as the frequent bathroom breaks may be, it's reality for most moms as pregnancy stretches on: Between hormonal changes that cause your bladder to fill faster and that growing uterus pressing down, it may seem like you need to pee 24/7.

That's one side-effect of pregnancy that's totally worth it when baby arrives—which Decker says (almost) everyone in the family is eagerly anticipating.

“So excited to meet this little boy," she adds in the post. “Viv asks me everyday when she gets to finally hold him as she puts her little hands out like she's rocking a baby. Bubby is not shy about letting us know he's still the baby right now."

As Decker will be the first to admit, having a newborn in the house doesn't mean things will go right back to sailing smoothly. Still, she is confident that having a few more tricks up her sleeves from her experiences with daughter Vivianne and son Eric will help.

“I have heard one to two is the biggest hurdle," Decker told Mini last fall. “I'm not too worried about it."

Rather, she's just staying focused on the big picture of parenting.

“The most important thing to me is to make sure I raise them to be good, happy, loving people and to spread happiness wherever they are," she says. “I think if you're a good person and spread happiness, good things will come to you!"

Considering how much happiness Decker already brings to our lives, it's doubtful that will be much of a problem.

When expecting a baby, there is a lot you can test-run in advance: Take that stroller around the block. Go for a spin with the car seat secured in place. Learn how to use the baby carrier with help from a doll. But breastfeeding? It's not exactly possible to practice before baby's arrival.

The absence of a trial makes it all the more important to prepare in other ways for breastfeeding success—and it can be as simple as adding a few of our lactation aiding favorites to your registry.

MilkBliss chocolate chip soft baked lactation cookies

MilkBliss lactation cookies

Studies have shown the top reason women stop breastfeeding within the first year is because they are concerned about their milk supply being enough to nourish baby. Consider MilkBliss Lactation Cookies to be your secret weapon. Not only are they wholesome and delicious, but they were formulated specifically for breastfeeding moms based on the science of galactagogues—also known as milk boosters. They also come in peanut butter and wild blueberry flavors.

$23

Evereden multi-purpose healing balm

Evereden multipurpose healing balm

Also up there on the list of reasons women stop breastfeeding: the toll the early days can take on nipples. Made from just five ingredients, this all natural healing balm is ideal for soothing chafed nipples, making for a much more comfortable experience for mama as her body adjusts to the needs of a breastfeeding baby.

$20

Lansinoh milk storage bags

Lansinoh milk storage bags

For a breastfeeding mama, there are few things more precious and valuable than the milk she worked so hard to pump—and it's the stuff of nightmares to imagine it spilling out in the fridge. With these double-sealed milk storage bags, you can be assured your breastmilk is safe and sound until baby needs it.

$12.50

Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Belly Bandit bandita nursing bra

Nursing a baby is a 24/7 job, which calls for some wardrobe modifications. Because Belly Bandit specializes in making things more comfortable for the postpartum mama, they've truly thought of every detail—from the breathable fabric to the clips that can be easily opened with one hand.

$47

boob-ease soothing therapy pillows

Boob Ease soothing therapy pillows

For nursing moms, duct can quickly become a four-letter word when you suspect it's getting clogged. By keeping these soothing breast pillows in your breastfeeding arsenal, you can immediately go on the defense against plugged milk ducts by heating the pads in the microwave or cooling them in the freezer.

$25

Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

Belly Bandit perfect nursing tee

A unfortunate reality of nursing is that it can really seem to limit the wardrobe options when you have to think about providing easy, discrete access. But by adding functional basics to your closet, you can feel confident and prepared for breastfeeding on the go.

$59

Bebe au Lait premium cotton nursing cover

Bebe au Lait cotton nursing cover

Nursing in public isn't every mama's cup of tea. But babies can't always wait until you've found a private place to get down to business if that's your preference. That's where a nursing cover comes in handy. This one is made from premium cotton and features a patented neckline that allows for airflow and eye contact even while you're covered.

$36

Lactation Lab basic breastmilk testing kit

Lactation Lab breastmilk testing kit

Curious to learn more about the liquid gold you're making, mama? The testing kit from Lactation Labs analyzes your breast milk for basic nutritional content like calories and protein, as well as vitamins, fatty acids and environmental toxins to help boost your breastfeeding confidence.

$99

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