So you made it through the second trimester of pregnancy, and you’ve officially entered the last stretch. As your bump keeps on expanding, there are quite a few things that you can expect to change during the 3rd trimester of pregnancy. On this page, we’ve rounded up some of our best pregnancy advice and tips, ideal for all expectant moms. Stick with us, we’ve got you covered!
The 3rd trimester at a glance
Unlike the first trimester, you’re no longer battling ailments such as morning sickness. But you might start experiencing Braxton Hicks, which are “practice” contractions. You’re no longer in the “honeymoon phase” of pregnancy like you were back in the second trimester either. But just hang in there, it’ll be worth every inch of discomfort in the end!
Although you and your bump are two-thirds of the way to the finish line, your baby still has a lot of growing to do. If you thought your belly couldn’t get any bigger, sit back and get ready, because it’s on like Donkey Kong.
The 3rd trimester starts at 28 weeks of pregnancy and lasts until you give birth to your baby. While most doctors work on a timeframe of 40 weeks for a full term, you might go into labour a little earlier or later.
Your baby’s growth during the 3rd trimester
During the third trimester, your baby grows rapidly. He’ll go from being about 1.3kg at 28 weeks to around 3kg at birth. He’ll also add some height to that equation, growing somewhere between 10 and 15 cm during the last trimester. Your baby’s increased size in decreased living space naturally leads to some serious kicks and pokes in your gut.
In the 3rd trimester, your baby’s bones are bulking up and need loads of calcium to do so. By 30 weeks, your baby’s touch receptors are fully developed. By 31 weeks, he can use all his senses, perceiving light and dark, tasting what you eat, and listening to the sounds of the outside world.
When you reach the 34-week mark, your baby will start turning southward, settling into the bottom-up position, ready for birth. Some babies stubbornly remain in the breech position, which can lead to your doc attempting to manually turn him around at around 37 weeks.
How to learn more about the 3rd trimester of pregnancy
You could go around scanning the web for every article out there, but here at Kiddles, we have a pretty comprehensive variety of reads for expectant moms. Feel free to check out these related articles whenever you have some spare time: