By the third trimester of pregnancy many women feel a mixture of both apprehension and being ready to meet this new little person who has been growing these past few months. Besides the great variety of emotions you are feeling, there are a number of different physical changes you will go through as well. Here is a look at what to expect when you’re expecting during the third trimester.
Probably the first thing you will notice about entering the third trimester is how big your stomach has gotten. Depending upon your size pre-pregnancy and whether you are expecting a single baby or multiples, you have probably gained at least 16 pounds with much of it feeling as though it is in your belly. Many women also start to feel heavy at the bottom which may mean the baby has dropped and in the head down position readying for birth. Your doctor will be able to tell you whether or not your baby is head down and if he or she has dropped.
You may also start to feel restless and not able to sleep. Besides feeling large and as though you cannot get comfortable, you may begin to feel as though you are sick of being pregnant. Some tips to help you sleep better at night are to avoid liquids right before bed and to invest in one or two body pillows to support your body during night. Putting one in between your legs will help you rest easier at night and help your body feel more comfortable. You may also feel particularly clumsy. Women in their third trimester are more prone to tripping and falling so be careful and accept help if someone offers it to you.
The weight you have gained may have decreased. Although you can still experience slow, steady weight gain it is mostly going towards the baby now as he or she readies to come out. Your cravings may decrease or you may feel full whereas before you could not seem to get enough.
Some women experience swelling at the end of their pregnancy in their hands and feet. While some of this is normal if you have any concerns you should talk to your doctor. Other things you should talk to your doctor about are headaches, dizziness and feeling faint as it could mean you are experience high blood pressure. Your doctor should know about these as soon as possible.
Your baby will be growing steadily now and at the beginning of your third trimester probably weighs between 2 and 5 pounds. He or she will keep gaining weight, and their lungs will continue to mature as they get ready to meet the world.
Towards the end, when you are near your 40 week mark, you may start to experience a bloody show or a loss of a mucus plug. This is natural and just your body’s way of showing it is getting ready for labor. Call your doctor if you see an excess amount of blood and get ready to meet your baby!