The joy of a mother begins when a new life is moving in. When a tiny heartbeat is heard for the very first time and a playful kick reminds her that she is never alone.
Third Trimester of pregnancy begins from week 27 to week 40 that means month 7,8 and 9.
This is the end of your pregnancy. It will not take much time for your child will come. At this stage of pregnancy, emotions are different from fatigue and worry about stimulation about the child.
You should have more screening with the midwife in the third trimester as it is important to keep an eye on your health and your baby.
Things to do in your Third Trimester of Pregnancy
Month 7(weeks 27-30) quick view:
The third trimester begins – keep fit and healthy
- Time to practice breathing exercises for birth.
- Expect to experience baby hiccups from now.
- You will be hungry-balance food intake with exercise.
Baby’s heartbeat Is especially strong now.
- You partner can hear the heartbeat through your bump.
- Your baby is the size of an aubergine.
- Rapid weight gains continue.
Mothers can count babies kicks easily in this week
- It is fun to count babies kicks which are now very clear!
- Baby sheds downy hair.
- Its Important mothers get as much rest as they can.
Baby is preparing for life out of the womb.
- Amniotic fluids start to reduce.
- Baby’s brain grows.
- Baby starts making their own red blood cells Via bone marrow.
Month 8(weeks 31-34) quick view:
Mothers can expect Braxton Hickes contractions now.
- Baby starts to develop five senses for birth.
- Expect Braxton Hicks contractions
- Heartbeat/indigestion can occur.
Baby gets into birth position around this stage.
- Baby will take the delivery position in weeks 32-38.
- Your baby is the size of a pineapple.
- Baby skin is now opaque.
Baby’s immune system will develop.
- Your baby’s bones will begin to harden.
- Baby is developing an immune system from Mom’s antibodies.
- Get as much rest & light exercise as possible.
Baby is getting ready for birth.
- Lungs are fully developed.
- Finger and toenails will be completely ready.
- Babies appear to be slower, it’s due to a lack of room to move!
Month 9 (Weeks 35-40) quick view:
A mother should ensure birth plans are clear.
- Baby is fully formed by now.
- Still premature but would fare well out of the womb.
- Baby will be born with a soft skull to aid the birthing process.
Baby is likely to be engaged by now.
- Eating and breathing will become easier as baby ‘drops’.
- Blood flow/Immunity systems are ready for birth.
- Your baby is engaged and ready for birth.
Your baby is now full term… birth is near!
- Breast milk antibodies help develop the Immunity system.
- 37 weeks is considered full-term.
- Your baby is the size of a butternut squash.
Patience is the word! Rest and prepare.
- the cervix will dilate up to 10cm at the time of delivery.
- Consider a self-applied perineal massage to ready for birth.
- “Mom to be” can’t get enough rest ahead of the big day ahead.