What Can I Expect in My Third Trimester?
As your baby grows even larger and puts pressure on other parts of the body, you will continue feeling the discomforts experienced in your second trimester like aches, heartburn, breathlessness, swelling of the ankles and tender breasts. Other changes that you will notice include:
- Finding yourself visiting the toilet more frequently as your baby’s head presses down on your bladder.
- Feeling more tired as your baby’s weight increases.
- Your breasts may begin leaking a thick, sticky fluid known as colostrum.
- As your due date approaches, you may experience Braxton Hicks or false contractions as your body prepares itself for labour.
- You may also experience mixed emotions of tiredness, anxiety or excitement towards impending motherhood.
What Can I Do in My Third Trimester?
- Try to continue to stay active with regular walks, prenatal yoga or Pilates.
- Relieve aches by adjusting your posture, sitting on chairs which provide good back support and stretching to prepare your muscles for labour.
- Get ready for your baby’s arrival by packing your hospital bag, as well as preparing the necessary baby clothes, equipment and furniture you will need very soon.
- Discuss any pain relief options for your labour with your obstetrician.
It is also a good time to start thinking of the paediatrician that you might like to care for your newborn.