What to Expect in Your Third Trimester

What to Expect in Your Third Trimester

If there’s one word to summarise the third trimester, it’s big. Some activities will seem like a big effort. Your baby (and your belly) will grow bigger rapidly. And, at the end, your life will change in one of the biggest ways imaginable. Here’s what to expect during the final 3 months of your pregnancy.

common pregnancy symptoms

Your Body’s Changes

Aside from the obvious growth to accommodate your baby’s development, you may notice a couple of other aesthetic changes in your body. For example, it’s common for women to experience varicose veins and stretch marks during this phase – even if they haven’t earlier in the pregnancy.

There are a few internal symptoms you are likely to come across as well, including:

  • Aches (particularly around your abdomen and back)
  • Tiredness (eat healthily and generously to keep your body fuelled)
  • Persistent heartburn (especially in the final weeks)
  • Poor bladder control and preemptive milk leaks from your breasts
  • Lowered sense of balance (don’t worry – you haven’t gotten clumsier for no reason!)

Many women also report having unusually strong and strange dreams during the third trimester. No need to panic – it’s just your hormones playing up while you sleep.

Of course, when it’s time to go into labour, you’ll also experience the giveaway symptoms: contractions and/or your water breaking. You know the drill – give the hospital a call pronto!

Your Baby’s Development

Your baby is completing his or her pre-birth growth and getting ready to enter the big wide world. More specifically:

  • Baby’s skin will change from transparent to opaque
  • Cartilage will turn into bone
  • All five senses will be working
  • Baby’s brain will grow rapidly, allowing him or her to blink, regulate body temperature and even dream.

If you encounter any problems during this trimester, please don’t hesitate to contact us on 1300 464 464.

The third trimesterDr Ken Law is a Brisbane Obstetrician specialising in the management of pregnancy and delivery.  For more information and to discuss your specific situation, please contact Dr Ken Law to arrange a consultation at Greenslopes Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

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