3rd Trimester

The third trimester roughly includes the last three months of pregnancy, which roughly corresponds to week 28 until birth. The baby continues to grow in size during this phase. You will feel your body gradually slowing down and feeling more fatigued, which is completely normal. The third trimester is a very critical phase of pregnancy and we at Motherhood, provide comprehensive care for the mother as well as the child.

Physiological and hormonal changes:

Though you have only a few more weeks to go, the third trimester can bring about various challenging physiological changes in the body like:

  • Backache continues to increase as the baby keeps on adding weight.
  • You may also feel discomfort in the ligaments and pelvis as your body prepares for labor.
  • You may notice bleeding which requires immediate professional care.
  • Contractions in the abdomen start becoming more and more common and intense. This happens as your body prepares for labor.
  • You may be feeling quite more fatigued as compared to your second trimester.
  • Discharge, breast enlargement, constipation, and heartburn may still continue in the third trimester.
  • You may feel the urge to urinate very often as the baby grows bigger in size, pushing its head upon your bladder.

Fetal changes during the third trimester:

Week 28: The position of the baby shifts to get ready for birth. The fat muscles and bones of the baby continue to develop. You may continue gaining weight and the pain in your legs can get worse during this time.

Week 29: The head of the baby continues to grow to accommodate the developing brain. The skin continues to smoothen and you may now strongly feel the baby moving around and kicking.

Week 30: The brain of the baby starts developing grooves and the bone marrow starts producing red blood cells. You may feel breathless and have heartburns during this phase as the baby pushes upward against the diaphragm.

Week 31: The baby’s kicks might be strong enough to wake you up from sleep. The organs continue to mature while the five senses are fully developed by now.

Week 32: The head of the baby moves downward to prepare for birth. The living space gets cramped as the baby has grown in size. The usual symptoms of nausea, heartburn may intensify during this phase.

Week 33: The skin continues to smoothen and the skull is still soft to help in easy birth. You may suffer from insomnia and anxiety at this phase as symptoms like frequent urination, leg cramps, heartburn continue.

Week 34: The immune system and the fingernails of the baby have developed by now. You may feel pain in the pelvic region as you walk because of the loosening of pelvic joints.

Week 35: The head of the baby continues to move into your pelvis, squeezing your bladder and making control over the bladder difficult, especially while coughing or sneezing.

Week 36: The baby is now good to go with well-developed immune system, circulatory system, well-functioning kidneys, and lungs, etc. You may give birth any day from now and you may already feel the baby falling out.

Week 37: Your baby is now full-term. Babies born before 37 weeks are preterm and after 42 weeks are post-term. The baby continues sucking, moving, breathing, swallowing, etc and prepares for delivery.

Week 38: The brain, lungs, nervous system of the baby continues to develop. Your skin may feel irritated and itchy and walking is still quite difficult.

Week 39: The baby continues to grow and you may notice brownish discharge from the vagina. This is due to the rupture of blood vessels in the cervix, meaning you are almost ready for delivery.

Week 40: The baby is well grown in size and is ready for birth. Do not worry if you are still pregnant as it is quite common to go beyond your due date.

Why Motherhood?

Motherhood provides inclusive antenatal care services like:

  • Term scan
  • Ultrasound scan
  • Foetal Non-Stress Test(NST)
  • Serum Creatinine
  • Regular gynaec consultation
  • Physiotherapist consultation for backaches etc.
  • Lactation advice
  • Paediatric counselling
  • Dietician consultation

With regular checkups and consultations, Motherhood’s skilled team of doctors and professionals aim to provide the best prenatal care services.

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