Now you’re on the home stretch! The third trimester is full of anticipation and preparation. During this time, your bump will grow about 1 cm per week and be much more noticeable. It’s time to finish decorating the nursery and pack your “Go Bag” for the hospital. It’s good to have one ready even if you’re planning a home birth. You never know what will happen so it’s best to be prepared. During this time you should be discussing your birth plan with your midwife and your partner and deciding what kind of pain relief you would like to have during the birth.
Welcome to the third trimester and your final stretch of pregnancy. By week 28 you may have noticed another insurgence of pregnancy symptoms. In this section Dr Carol Cooper describes your baby’s development at your 28th week, as well as what pregnancy symptoms you might experience.
Dr Carol Cooper describes your baby’s third trimester development during week 29 of your pregnancy, as well as the benefits of attending antenatal classes, from being prepared for labour to meeting new friends.
During week 30 of your pregnancy your baby will start to spend more time with his head down ready for birth. Around this time you may also find getting comfortable at night more difficult. Listen to Dr Carol Cooper describe your baby’s development during the third trimester and how to get a good night’s sleep.
This week your baby’s brain is developing in leaps and bounds, and he will now remember music you play during your pregnancy. In this section learn more about your baby’s development in week 31 of your pregnancy, as well as common skin changes during the third trimester.
Dr Carol Cooper describes your baby’s third trimester development at week 32 of your pregnancy, as well as the symptoms of pre-eclampsia, a life-threatening condition for you and your baby.
With only 7 weeks to go until your due date your baby is making a lot of finishing touches, but if you are feeling overwhelmed by the nesting instinct during your third trimester then relax. Dr Carol Cooper is here to help and guide you through week 33.
In week 34 of your pregnancy your baby’s immune system is gearing up for life without the added immunity you’ve been giving him for the past 7 months. In this section Dr Carol Cooper explains more on your baby’s development in its third trimester, as well as what to put in your birth plan.
You may not feel like there is much space left inside you, but this week your baby’s weight gain continues throughout your third trimester. In this section Dr Carol Cooper talks you through week 35 of your pregnancy, as well as what to pack in your hospital bag.
By week 36 your baby is so big that he won’t be doing anymore somersaults, which means that he could be stuck in the breech position. Dr Carol Cooper describes your baby’s development at week 36, as well as when you might need external cephalic version (ECV).
As your due date approaches it is a good idea to know the first symptoms of labour. Dr Carol Cooper talks you through the first signs which could mean your baby’s arrival is imminent. Also in this section, find out about your baby’s third trimester development at week 37 of pregnancy.
Week 38 of your pregnancy and only two weeks to go until your due date. Even if you might not be feeling ready, your baby is. Dr Carol Cooper talks you through week 38 of your pregnancy and how to stay relaxed.
Week 39 and your baby’s journey in the womb is almost at an end. Whilst he is making his final finishing touches you may be wondering how much longer you’ll be pregnant for. In this section find out about the third trimester of your pregnancy and ways to get labour started.
Congratulations, you’ve reached your due date and the end of your trimester. Very soon you will be holding the precious baby you have been growing inside you for nine long months. In the mean time Dr Carol Cooper explains the three stages of labour you’ll soon be experiencing at week 40.
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