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Third Trimester Pregnancy:
What To Expect

The third trimester pregnancy, which starts from week 27 and lasts up to week 40 (month 7 - month 9), is the most exciting one.

You have lots to learn and experience at this last stage of pregnancy. You will find it harder to sleep at night, will get short of breath, and feel generally more tired.
Third Trimester Pregnancy

You are likely to experience the movements of your baby more often during this pregnancy period in comparison to the earlier months.

Mild cramps in the feet and swelling of hands and feet may be experienced, which is common.

Month 7

During month 7 of the third trimester pregnancy, the head of your baby will appear to be in proportion to the rest of his body and the brain is better developed.

He can now, bat his eyelids and can actually produce tears. His weight will be close to three pounds now, though physical growth takes a slower pace.

Month 8

During month 8 of the third trimester pregnancy, you may not feel much movement within your womb, as there may not be much room for your baby to move around.

Also, mild discomforts like indigestion, heartburn, shortness of breath and tiredness may be experienced.

Your baby will slowly change position in such a way that his head faces the bottom. The amniotic fluid will be at its highest now, and he may begin taking alternate breaths, thereby getting himself prepared to breathe air.

His sleep pattern will also become more regular now. By the end of the eighth month, his hearing capability would have developed completely and it is important that you talk to him as much as you can.

Month 9

During month 9 of the third trimester pregnancy, your baby's head will now descend into the pelvic region, and you may experience more frequent urge for urination, which is common.

Your baby's head will now have hair, his lungs are completely developed by now and his is about 7.25 pounds.

There are chances of the mucus plug getting burst, anytime during the ninth month, which is a sure sign of approach of labour.

The most unforgettable and exciting moment of your life is likely to arrive anytime now, a moment that you will cherish forever.

Third Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms

You will experience various symptoms during the third trimester pregnancy, most of which are caused by the growing weight of your baby and the hormonal changes that your body undergoes as it starts to prepare for labour.

Among the various symptoms that you may experience during those last trimester weeks are...

  • Shortness of breath. As the baby grows, your uterus also expands and pushes up against your diaphragm, making it harder to breathe. This can make walking quickly rather difficult, and you should be careful not to overexert yourself.
  • Leaking urine. This is caused by pressure on the bladder from your growing uterus. If you have done kegel exercises during pregnancy, this will hopefully not be too bad. Usually this problem rights itself after birth, but it is always helpful to do kegel exercises as often and regularly as you can to strengthen your bladder muscles.
  • Varicose veins may get worse. If you already have varicose veins from previous pregnancies or you developed them only during this time, you will find that they get worse during the last trimester. You should consult a vein specialist during this time and follow his advice carefully. For example, if he suggests that you should wear support tights, follow his strict specifications as the wrong kind of pressure can make varicose veins worse. At the end of the day, when your veins feel the most swollen and painful, you should sit with your legs slightly elevated on a chair or stool, or lie down with them raised on a pillow. And you should never sit with your legs crossed as this will only make the veins worse.
  • You may find difficulty sleeping. Your growing stomach makes it uncomfortable to fall asleep, and your baby's increasing kicks don't help either. Shortness of breath can make sleeping difficult as well. You may find that you are only comfortable sleeping on your left side, and even then as you naturally roll over to the night, you will wake up again. As you are sleeping so badly at night, it's a good idea to try getting some rest during the day.
  • Ways To Combat Third Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms

    Practicing relaxation techniques and taking a balanced diet are the keys to fighting the third trimester pregnancy symptoms.

    You should practice deep breathing and adopt a positive attitude. It really helps! The happier you are, the more easily you will be able to face this tough pregnancy period.

    Remember to check out your calcium levels to rule out deficiency. You need extra vitamins, minerals, and calcium in the third trimester pregnancy stage due to the increasing demands of the new life growing inside you.

    As you approach the last weeks of the pregnancy period, you will feel more energetic. However, do not indulge in heavy physical activity.

    In addition to this, you will want to visit the toilet frequently. There will be sudden food cravings too. Stay cool. All these symptoms are normal.

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