What to Expect in the Third Trimester of Pregnancy

third trimester of pregnancy

The third trimester of pregnancy marks the final stage of pregnancy, typically from week 28 until birth. This is also prime time for getting those sweet chunky baby pictures before birth! Now would be a good time to get on the schedule!

Here’s what to expect during these last few months:

Physical Changes and Symptoms

The third trimester of pregnancy, though exciting, comes with it’s own set of changes for mama that can make you all the more eager for baby’s arrival. Some of these symptoms include,

  • Braxton Hicks Contractions: These are “practice” contractions and are usually painless and irregular.
  • Increased Discomfort: As the baby grows, you may experience more backaches, shortness of breath, and heartburn.
  • Swelling: Swelling in the feet and ankles is common due to fluid retention.
  • Frequent Urination: The baby’s increasing size puts pressure on your bladder.
  • Fatigue: You might feel more tired as your body works harder to support the growing baby.

Baby Development

  • Final Growth: The baby will gain weight rapidly, preparing for birth.
  • Organ Maturation: The baby’s vital organs, such as the lungs and brain, continue to mature.
  • Positioning: Near the end of the trimester, the baby will likely move into a head-down position.

Preparing for Birth

  • Nesting: You may feel the urge to clean and organize your home to prepare for the baby’s arrival.
  • Birth Plan: It’s a good time to finalize your birth plan and discuss it with your healthcare provider.
  • Prenatal Visits: Expect more frequent visits to the doctor to monitor your health and the baby’s progress.

When to Contact a Healthcare Provider

  • Signs of Labor: Watch for signs of labor, which include regular contractions, water breaking, and a bloody show.
  • Unusual Symptoms: Contact your healthcare provider if you experience severe headaches, visual changes, or sudden swelling, as these can be signs of preeclampsia.

Remember, every pregnancy is unique. Always consult with your healthcare provider regarding any concerns or questions about your health and your baby’s well-being.

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