Pregnancy care during third trimester means
the mother-to-be starts expecting weekly checkups and needs to be more
conscious and alert. Although the usual care of paying attention to diet and
light exercise should go on as in first and second trimester, little changes
Third trimester is usually physically and
emotionally more challenging. By now you are tired of pregnancy, your
increasing body weight and the size and position of your baby makes you more
uncomfortable most often. Well, remain positive while you are looking forward
to the completion of your pregnancy term because very soon you will have your
bundle of joy in your arms.
to Expect in Third Trimester of Pregnancy
a quick look at the health issues which are experienced in the third
trimester of pregnancy.
Gain – Your weight is growing continuously and by
the end of the third trimester it is expected that you gain 11 to 16 kg over
your own weight. The weight gain is due to the baby’s size, large breasts,
placenta, amniotic fluid and uterus. The increased volume of blood and fluid
along with some extra fat stored also result in weight gain.
Breast Growth – The breast size might be quite huge
by now, perhaps weighing 1 kg. As the delivery date approaches, you might even
find leakage of yellowish fluid. This is going to nourish your child in first
Backaches – As the due date starts approaching, the joints between the bones
of the pelvic area starts relaxing due to the release of pregnancy hormones.
These result in backaches. When you need to sit, choose a chair that gives you
proper back support. Backaches along with other signs can be indicating
something. So, contact your doctor.
Contractions – You will feel contractions every now and then. These are
rehearsals for the real thing to come. They most often come and go
unpredictably. True labour contractions will be stronger, longer and closer
too. If you are having long and regular contractions, consult your doctor.
Heartburn – The growing uterus pushes the stomach which results in heartburn.
Eat small and frequent meals instead of taking heavy ones. Drink lot of water
and fluid. Avoid fried and spicy food, carbonated drinks and citrus fruit. Use maternity
pillows to get relief while sleeping and resting.
Breathlessness – Usually women experience breathlessness
especially when the baby settles deep in the pelvis before delivery. If you
yoga and have attended classes, you can settle down in right posture. Sleep
taking a pillow supporting your upper body so that pressure on the lungs is
Swelling – Your feet and ankle might get swelled because of the pressure the
growing uterus puts on veins. You can lie down and use footrest to get rid of
the swelling. If you find it very uncomfortable, you can consult your doctor.
Urination – It is obvious that since the baby has
grown in size the uterus gives pressure on your bladder. You can even find it
out of control sometimes. Using panty liners can help you stay relaxed.
However, you should be careful as urinary tract infection can also be the cause
The symptoms that are expected during the
third trimester can differ at times. You should be alert and careful during
this time. Avoid travelling long distances and always have your doctor’s number
handy. Pick your baby name while you wait for the big day.