Look, mum! Before you know it, you’re already in your third trimester! The last trimester normally consists of you feeling tired and thirsty most of the time. Let’s not forget the constant need to go to the bathroom!
Now that you’re on the last leg of your pregnancy, you can feel that it’s getting harder to move because of your big baby bump. However, you are only a few months away from welcoming your baby into the world. There’s so much excitement, yet also anxiety looming during this trimester when you think about everything you need to do before your little bundle of joy arrives.
As your body continues to change, these week-by-week guides and articles may be helpful for you to get through this last trimester.
When Is the Third Trimester
Your third trimester is the last three months of your pregnancy. You’ll likely feel tired and uncomfortable as your body adjusts to carrying a baby. Your baby’s growth will continue rapidly, and you might start to notice changes in your body as it prepares for childbirth.
The third trimester of pregnancy lasts from week 28 to week 40.
In this trimester, your baby’s weight will increase from about 1 pound in the first trimester to about 3 pounds in the third. Your tummy will grow as your baby moves and stretches inside you. You may feel more tired than usual because your body is working hard to ensure your baby gets all the nutrients he needs.
When Does the Third Trimester Start
The third trimester starts when you’re about 28 weeks pregnant.
The third trimester is the final stage of pregnancy, and it’s when you’ll start to feel your baby moving around inside you. Most women reach their final weight during this period, but it’s still important to eat well and keep up with your doctor’s appointments to stay healthy.
At this point in your pregnancy, only a few weeks are left until delivery! You’ll want to ensure that you’re taking good care of yourself so that you can stay strong for labour and delivery, which is often the most challenging part of being pregnant.
Pregnancy Third Trimester Symptoms
Third trimester symptoms are common, and it’s normal to feel a little bit overwhelmed as your body changes and prepares for birth. But don’t worry—we’ve got you covered.
Here are some of the most common third-trimester symptoms:
Your growing belly may cause back pain, especially if you have an anterior placenta (a placenta that lies low in the uterus). You might find that you need to sleep on your left side or your back so the weight of your belly is more evenly distributed across both shoulders (rather than just one).
Heartburn is a common pregnancy symptom, but it can be especially prevalent during the third trimester as your uterus expands into your chest cavity. Talk with your doctor about steps to alleviate heartburn, so it doesn’t get in the way of enjoying this exciting time!
Leg cramps are also super common during pregnancy—especially during the third trimester when circulation slows down—and they can be painful! To help ease leg cramps, try massaging them with a heating pad or ice pack; stretching out the muscles; taking ibuprofen or acetaminophen (if allowed by your doctor), or drinking plenty of water.
You know how you feel when you’ve been up for 24 hours straight? That’s how tired you’ll be in your third trimester. Your body is working hard to make sure that everything is ready for your baby to arrive safely, and that takes a lot of energy.
Your belly is growing bigger and bigger every day, which means there’s more room for all those fluids that are building up inside your body, too. Bloating can cause discomfort and make it harder for you to breathe, so don’t forget about taking care of yourself during this time!
What to Expect in the Third Trimester
You’re in the third trimester now and you’re probably feeling pretty great. Your belly is so big that you can’t even see your feet anymore, you can’t lean to the side without falling on your face, and you’ve started to get those extra-painful ligament pains that make it feel like your whole belly is going to pop right off at any moment.
But don’t worry! You’re doing great—you’re almost there! In fact, we wanted to give you a little something more than just congratulations: we wanted to let you know what to expect over the next few weeks so that you can prepare yourself for what’s coming up.
1. Don’t overdo things during this part of your pregnancy
The last thing anyone wants is for their baby to come out with a broken leg or something because mommy was trying to lift too much or walk too far or stand too long without taking a break. So take it easy—you’ve got time!
2. Don’t worry too much about doing anything while pregnant
Just make sure it doesn’t hurt anyone else! There are lots of things out there that are safe for pregnant women, but not safe for their babies. Like alcohol, or some prescription drugs.
3. You may feel more tired than usual
our body is preparing for labor by starting to produce the hormones needed for contractions (oxytocin) and making more blood cells for delivery—this means that you may feel more tired than usual and have trouble sleeping through the night without waking up every few hours (or maybe even every hour).
4. Your energy level will be up
But that’s only for short periods of time. You’ll be more likely to sit down and rest during the day.
5. You may be getting a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions
These are practice contractions that don’t hurt. They happen because your uterus is getting ready for labor!
6. You may find yourself more emotional than usual
Happy or sad. This is normal! Just remember that it’s not about YOU—it’s about your baby.
7. You’ll want to eat more often
Eat more healthy snacks like fruits and veggies instead of junk food. This will help keep you energized throughout the day.
Danger Signs of Pregnancy in the Third Trimester
The third trimester is a time of great excitement and anticipation for many women, but it can also be a time of great uncertainty. The final three months of pregnancy are when the majority of complications occur, so it’s important to know the signs that your pregnancy isn’t going according to plan.
The following are some of the most common danger signs that you should look out for in your third trimester:
While your third trimester is a time of excitement, it can also be a time of worry. Here are some of the most common danger signs you should look out for in your third trimester:
- Abdominal pain that does not go away after a few days.
- Extreme fatigue.
- A fever that lasts longer than an hour or two.
- Sudden changes in the size or shape of your belly.
- Having difficulty breathing, speaking or swallowing
- Bloody discharge from your vagina
What to Eat During the Third Trimester of Pregnancy
The third trimester of pregnancy is a great time to start preparing for your baby’s arrival.
You might be wondering what to eat during the third trimester of pregnancy. It’s important to remember that you are still eating for two, so you’ll need to keep up your calorie intake and make sure you’re getting enough nutrients.
Here are some tips for eating healthy during the third trimester:
- Make sure you’re getting enough protein (10-50 grams per day)
- Focus on fruits and vegetables, which are packed with vitamins and minerals
- Eat more whole grains than refined grains like white rice or white bread
- Drink plenty of water (6-8 cups per day)
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If you have any concerns about your health or your baby’s health in the third trimester of pregnancy, do not hesitate to ask your OB-Gynaecologist during your next check-up.
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