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.
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.
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.
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.
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.