Third Trimester

You are in the final stages of your journey! Some of the discomforts of the second trimester, like back pain and stretch marks, may continue as you progress in this last phase of your pregnancy. Along with those discomforts, many women find it difficult to breathe as their baby bump has grown. You will probably be making even more trips to the ladies room as well. This is because your baby is getting bigger and putting all kinds of pressure on your organs. Don’t worry, the end is in sight! Many of these nuisances will be long gone after you give birth to your baby.You may be notices some more changes in your body during these last few weeks of pregnancy. Some may include shortness of breath and swelling. You may be experiencing heartburn. This can be severe for some women. Over the counter remedies such as Tums are safe to take, but if your heartburn is causing vomiting or other bothersome symptoms tell your doctor. Many prescriptions are available to help soothe heartburn pain. Your breasts may be feeling tender and you might even be leaking a little watery pre-milk (colostrum). As you get closer to your due date you may have trouble sleeping. Try using a body pillow to help prop your belly and leg up during the night. You may be experiencing Braxton Hicks, also known as false labor. All of these things are normal as you prepare to give birth.

During the third trimester, you may want to think about taking a birthing class. These is totally optional and some women opt to wing it and not take any classes to prepare for birth. If you, or your significant other, are a little nervous about what your labor and delivery may hold, you might want to participate in a birthing class to ease your mind.

As you near your due date, your cervix becomes thinner and softer (called effacing). This is a normal, natural process that helps the birth canal to open during the birthing process. Your doctor will check your progress with a vaginal exam begining around 36-37 weeks. This is a very exciting time! You are almost a new parent to your beautiful baby!

During the third trimester your baby’s bones are fully formed and his or her kicks are more forceful. Baby is definitely running out of room and by the end of 37 weeks your baby is considered full term.