Your third trimester: what to expect!

third trimester

by Maria Martin |

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. They will obtain all five senses, her brain will grow faster than ever and her bones and intestines will fully develop.

Baby's growth in the third trimester

By the end of this trimester, your baby will be here! From dreaming about their parents to tiny foot imprints on your bump, understand your baby's growth from week 27 to week 40.

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Week 27: They may recognise both yours and your partner’s voices

During week 27, your baby’s auditory development will be better than ever as the network of nerves to the ears matures, and they may now recognise both yours and your partner’s voices.

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.

newborn in nursery

Make a birth plan and pack your hospital bag. If you’re giving birth in the 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.

If you are planning to breastfeed, be prepared with lots of maternity bras, a breastfeeding pillow, and a breast pump.

breast feeding pillow

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 from back pain. Practice good posture, sleep on your side with a pillow between your legs. You might benefit from a pregnancy massage.

pregnant woman sleeping on the side

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:

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