You are about 6 months in on your pregnancy and the last trimester is the last hurdle that you have to endure before your baby arrives into this world. It is at this time that you and your husband prepare your home for your little bundle of joy.
I suggest that you put up their crib, buy some clothes and diapers, and prepare their baby car seat as well because the last trimester is a pretty exciting time.
Although your baby’s body has formed at this point, it still needs further development.
What should you do during the third trimester of your pregnancy?
When Does It Start?
The third trimester actually begins during week 28 or if you are 7 months in on your pregnancy and will last until you give birth. It is important to keep in mind that you may go in labor on, before, or after the 9 months.
Ideally, you want to hit the 40-week-mark but if you go past that and reach 42, you will be considered overdue and your doctor will start to do whatever they can to induce labor.
How about if your baby comes out prematurely or before 40 weeks? Well, they would have to be incubated until their bodies fully develop.
Your Baby’s Growth
At this time, your baby’s core foundations are already set and all they need to have is some fine-tuning. Your baby can either weigh anywhere between 2 ½ pounds to 9 pounds at this stage.
Their bones start to develop some cartilage starting the 7 th month, so you may need to increase your calcium intake for optimal growth. By week 32, your baby’s skin will start to become opaque and by week 36, your baby will start to accumulate some fat deposits as your baby’s body shakes off their vernix or that protective substance that keeps the amniotic fluid away.
It is also during this period where your baby will start to poop. This poop is known as the Meconium, though it will just stay inside their digestive tract at this time.
By week 30, your baby’s touch receptors will have been fully developed, thus allowing them to use their five senses much better than ever before.
It is also during the third trimester of pregnancy where your baby’s brain will start to include much finer movements, including regulating their own body temperature, blinking, and even dreaming.
What Mothers Can Expect
Since your body is about to deliver your baby, you will feel some achiness in your abdominal area as a result. Fatigue will also set in and you will feel more tired than before, though having a more balanced diet can help combat this.
During the last weeks of pregnancy, you will experience some heartburn due to the fact that your uterus will try to push your stomach (and its contents) upward. This is actually quite normal, but if the pain is unbearable, your doctor might give you some proton-pump inhibitors.
Stretch marks around your abdominal area will become more prominent as your skin starts to stretch to prime it for delivery. And, since your body will start its milk production, you may find that your breasts will start to warm up and may leak some breastmilk as well.