Congratulations! You’ve reached the third trimester of your pregnancy. You are no doubt bombarded with an endless list of questions from family, friends and even total strangers. When are you due? Are you having a boy or a girl? Have you picked out names? Is your nursery ready? Will you breast feed? How long will you stay at home with your baby? How much weight have you gained? Are you having food cravings? Are you having twins? No doubt you’d rather that many of these questions be left unasked. You however, have every right to be asking questions. Your d-day, or delivery day, is approaching and there are no dumb questions to ask your doctor. Books such as What to Expect When You’re Expecting can be extremely helpful but don’t hesitate to ask your doctor, nurse practitioner or midwife any questions you have.
Generally during weeks 28 through 40 plus of your pregnancy is the time your doctor will discuss with birth plans, doulas, labor and delivery and the first weeks with your new baby. Your unique questions may come to you when you when you are reading about pregnancy, when you’re faced with a new situation or in the middle of the night. Here are some examples of questions some expectant moms have that you may be wondering about as well.
Questions for your doctor during the third trimester of pregnancy about activities:
Are there activities that I should avoid in the third trimester of pregnancy? Are there activities I should do more of?
Questions for your doctor during the third trimester of pregnancy about exercise:
Are there exercises that I should avoid during the third trimester of pregnancy? What are some safe exercises I can enjoy during the third trimester of exercise?
Questions for your doctor during the third trimester of pregnancy about weight gain:
Is my weight gain on target? If not, what should or should I do anything to gain more or slow down weight gain during my third trimester of pregnancy?
Questions for your doctor during the third trimester of pregnancy about preterm labor and Braxton Hicks contractions:
Many, many women in the third trimester of pregnancy have questions about any pains and wonder- is this labor? Am I going into preterm labor? Ask your doctor to explain to you the differences between Braxton Hicks contractions and preterm labor. Also ask, what should I plan to do if I experience Braxton Hicks contractions? What should I do if I experience preterm labor? When I should I call? When should I go to the hospital?
Questions for your doctor during the third trimester of pregnancy about doulas:
Some women have are very familiar with doulas and some new expectant moms have never heard of them. You can ask your doctor questions about doulas in your area. What is a doula? Do I need one? What if I want a doula? Where can I find a doula?
Questions for your doctor during the third trimester of pregnancy about breastfeeding:
How can I prepare for breastfeeding after my baby is born? Is there a lactation consultant in my doctor’s office or at my hospital that I can consult with? What will increase my chances of success at breastfeeding? What if I am unwilling or unable to breastfeed?
Questions for your doctor during the third trimester of pregnancy about birth plans:
How do I register I birth plan for labor and delivery at my hospital? What are my options for birth plans for labor and delivery at my hospital?
Questions for your doctor during the third trimester of pregnancy about postpartum:
What should I know about postpartum depression? What can I do to prevent postpartum depression? What should I do if I think I am experiencing postpartum depression?
It’s extremely helpful to create a journal or list of questions to have ready when you attend your prenatal appointments so you don’t leave with concerns or unanswered questions. Want to talk to other expectant moms in their third trimester? You can talk with other third trimester expectant moms in a message board at WebMD. Of course this advice is not medical advice and shouldn’t replace talking to your doctor but many women find it comforting to share with and probe other expectant moms in between doctor’s visits.