Your third and final trimester is made up of the last three months of your pregnancy, starting from week 27. You’re nearly there – but this part is also quite challenging. For your baby it is a spectacular time. She will obtain all five senses, her brain will grow faster than ever and her bones and intestines will fully develop.
Choose your week:
Your plan for your third trimester
There is so much to do now that you are about to give birth. You need to prepare for labour, and, no less importantly, life after that. Start with prepping your baby’s nursery – it will also be easier on your budget if you spread it over time. Make sure you buy all the baby essentials: pushchair, cot, and a car seat.
Make a birth plan and pack your hospital bag. If you’re giving birth in hospital, plan the route and drive it a few times to check how long it takes. You should by now know who your birthing partner is going to be, and what your plan is for pain management.
Above all else, try to stay relaxed and avoid stress. This might seem like the hardest task!
Your body changes
Your growing bump and boobs aren’t making life any easier for your back, but seek help if you are suffering with back pain. Practice good posture, sleep on your side with a pillow between your legs. You might benefit from a pregnancy massage.
Your bump pushing on your bladder will make you give up counting how many times a day (and night) you visit the toilet. You might also find that your body is swollen – hands, face and ankles. You might want to reduce your water intact – but it is vital that you stay hydrated during your third trimester especially.
Get ready for Braxton Hicks – false contractions preparing your body for the real ones.
Watch out for the following symptoms to spot pre-eclampsia or any other complications:
- High blood pressure
- Problems with vision
- Severe pain under ribs
- Rapidly increasing swelling of the face, hands or feet
- Strong headache or heartburn that don’t go away with usual medicines