What to expect in your Third Trimester of Pregnancy?
The day your pregnancy test came back positive, you began a life-altering journey. As the baby grows and changes through each stage of pregnancy, you go through changes too: in your body, emotions, and lifestyle. You need information to answer your questions and help you make good decisions for a healthy baby and a healthy you.
Now that you've reached the third trimester that started from the 7th month till your delivery, you're in the home stretch of your pregnancy. You've only got a few more weeks to go, but this part of your pregnancy can be the most challenging. So let us give you some highlights on what to expect now while you hang in there almost on the finish line. With that baby growing inside your belly, you're probably feeling a lot of fetal activity. Expect changes to happen in your body as your bump gets bigger than ever, including:
- Abdominal aches : You may feel cramps or sharp pain as your ligaments start to accommodate your growing bump. Just breathe in, & breathe out!
- Fatigue : Staying active, following a diet & getting good sleep will solve this, pinky promise!
- Heartburn: In the last few weeks of pregnancy, your uterus will push your stomach and its contents upward, causing that persistent burn. Talk to your doctor if it gets unbearable.
- Braxton Hicks contractions : Your body’s way of preparing for labor, you’ll start to feel these irregular practice contractions now until real labor starts.
- Varicose veins : You may notice these bulging veins (including hemorrhoids) in your lower body due to all of the extra blood you’re pumping. The good news: If you didn’t have them before pregnancy, they’ll likely disappear after you deliver.
- Stretch marks : Your skin is being stretched to its limit. Moisturize to minimize their appearance.
- Backache : Put your feet up & rest in good positions to say bye-bye to them!
- Crazy dreams : You could blame your hormones for those vivid dreams as you near your due date. Take them with a grain of salt and have fun swapping stories with a loved one.
- Lack of bladder control : Your daily Kegels regimen will be your best friend to get rid of frequent urination.
With all of these pregnancy symptoms and more weighing on you, just try to keep your eye on the prize: your beautiful baby, who you'll meet in just a few weeks!
Preparing for delivery
Time is nearing! Get ready…
1. Prenatal Fitness - Prenatal yoga is a great way to train for labor and enhance the experience of pregnancy. You can opt for online classes to practice yoga from the comfort of your home. Labor is one of the most physical things you'll ever do & asanas help build strength and stamina and improve circulation for the same. Keep a track of your fetal movement while watching your weight. It’s safe to continue pregnancy-safe exercises up until your due date.
- Breathing exercises - Breathing exercises like Pranayama help manage the pain of contractions while meditation can improve the abilities to relax and to concentrate, both of which would come in handy at delivery. These help you to focus on the present moment and maintain calm, balance the body's energy flows & sleep comes easier and moodiness is less intense.
- Pack your hospital bag - Depending on what your hospital provides for you and your baby, you will have to pack a hospital bag. Or a suitcase ;)
Here is a reference list to keep ready for the D-day!
- Basic clothes including some socks & woollens.
- A few multi-purpose blankets.
- Infant car seat.
- Cloth diapers and baby wipes - Try SuperBottoms Newborn UNO & SuperBottoms Organic Cloth Wipes that are made of GOTS certified 100% organic cotton & are soft & gentle on your baby’s skin.
- Nursing bra and nursing pads for yourself. For a discreet fit, turn to SuperBottoms Dry Feel Nursing Pads which are waterproof & come with a SuperDryFeel™ layer for uber comfort.
- Cotton nappies - Try SuperBottoms Dry Feel Langot that is breathable, semi water-proof & mess-free!
- Diaper liners - carry some SuperBottoms Easy Clean Top Sheets to place over the UNO Dry Feel Pad to keep the baby’s bum dry after using creams/ lotions or any other medications on your baby.
- A good hospital bag like SuperBottoms Ergo Diaper Backpack that comes with 16 compartments for your essentials, is super spacious & convenient to carry.
- Cord blood banking - Did you know stem cells could be a lifesaver for a patient who needs it, including a member of your own family?
Parents these days bank or store their baby's umbilical cord blood because the stem cells it contains are currently utilized or show promise in the treatment of life-threatening and debilitating diseases. Luckily for expectant parents, cord blood can be easily collected at the baby’s birth via the umbilical cord with no harm to the mother or baby & pregnancy is a great time to plan it.
Pro-tip : The healthcare provider and the cord blood bank do most of the work so all you need to do is just plan!
Few things to note :
- The cord blood bank sends you a collection kit which you can carry to the delivery center.
- Upon admission, your blood will be collected & tested for any infectious diseases as mandated.
- Upon birth but before the placenta is delivered, the healthcare provider will clamp and cut the umbilical cord as normal.
- The collection bag with the baby’s cord blood and the vials with your blood are placed back inside the collection kit.
- You may call a toll-free number on the collection kit to have a medical courier—any time, 24 hours a day, seven days a week—arrange for its transportation to the cord blood bank.
- Prepare to breastfeed - Read more about why and how to breastfeed before the baby arrives, and possibly even take a breastfeeding class. Read up on what happens in the first 24 hours after birth as your body repairs and you begin to adjust to your new role. Learn about the stages of labor. Get prepared for baby’s birthday by learning what to expect during early, active and transitional labor as well as pushing baby out and delivering the placenta.
- Commemorate your baby bump - Arrange a professional baby bump photo shoot or take some beautiful bump shots of your own — you can hang them in the nursery or add to your baby’s photo album later.
Ohh, have you missed some essentials like diet & tests? Here you go :
Hope this answers most of the questions you’ve been having in your mind! Have more? Ask us in the comments below.