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Third Trimester – week 28 through 40 weeks:

first trimester

The seventh, eighth, and ninth month pregnancy are called the Third Trimester pregnancy.

During the last trimester, your baby gains weight and grows up to the mother’s breastbone. Your baby now cannot move freely like before, as the room is small. Now the mother feels more kicks than movements. The same discomforts you had in the second trimester may continue and some new may changes may notice. Don’t worry, these all will lessen once your baby is born and your baby inside is super fine.

By the end of 8th month, your baby looks like what it will be at her birth. If born at this stage, your baby has 90% chance of surviving. During 9th month, baby turns her head down in the womb, settling in the mother’s pelvic bones. This is called fixing, engaging, and dropping of the head. At this point, the mother feels lighter as the pressure of her fetus pushing down on her diaphragm and lungs is reduced.

Some babies are born feet first and they are called breech babies.

Your Third Trimester Pregnancy symptoms may include:

  • Some shortness of breath
  • Heartburn
  • Swelling on your ankles, fingers, and face. (Call your doctor if you see any sudden swelling or weight gain, as this could be a sign of preeclampsia).
  • Tender and swollen breasts that may leak yellowish watery substance called colostrums in some women.
  • You will have trouble sleeping due to your big belly, frequent urination, or your hormones.
  • Your baby may be moving or dropping lower in your abdomen
  • You will start contractions that can be real or false.

The final countdown begins! As you are getting closer to your due date, your cervix becomes softer and thinner. This is quite a normal and natural process which helps the vagina to open during the birthing process. Your doctor will do a vaginal exam to check your progress as you near your due date.