Hurray to you mummy! You are finally in your final and third trimester of your pregnancy. Just a few weeks to start your motherhood journey with your newborn baby. You will face many ups and downs during your third trimester, so be prepared – and we will help you. This phase of your pregnancy is when you finish your preparations to welcome your little angel. And to be better prepared, here is everything you need to know about your third trimester and what to expect.
What to expect during your third trimester?
1| Belly changes
As your baby grows, your belly will change. You will feel so as your baby moves around inside your belly. First of all, that is OK. All mums go through this. As your baby grows your belly will get bigger and you will feel more uncomfortable than usual. This can be accompanied by some back pains because of the extra load you are carrying. The best advice we can give you here is to rest and relax as much as possible. Do not overwork yourself both physically and mentally to keep both you and your baby happy and healthy.
Yes, during your third trimester you will feel more tired than ever. The closer you get to childbirth, the more tired and exhausted you will feel. Make sure you get enough sleep and rest. Also, it is extremely important to maintain a healthy diet to get all the nutrients and supplements you need to keep going. At this stage, moving around can be the last thing you want to do. However, we recommend you keep up with slight activities like walking or slight jogging. Of course, all should be planned with your doctor to avoid overworking yourself.
3| Acidity and heartburn
At this phase, your womb and belly is stretching so much that your stomach is getting a little pushed up. This is normal, and unfortunately it will cause acidity and heartburn. Some mums can live with this and tolerate it. If you could not, consult your doctor to take safe medication to calm your stomach immediately.
4| False labour during third trimester
Ever heard of Braxton Hicks contractions? It is when you feel contractions and labour like pains that makes you think you are going into labour. Some mums face those false contractions all through their third trimester, and they are completely normal.
5| Varicose veins
Varicose veins are unusually swollen veins. They are most likely to show up on your legs, lower pelvic area, or buttocks during your third trimester. Relax, you do not have to worry about them. Most pregnant mums experience them during their final trimester. They also tend to go away on their own after childbirth.
6| Third Trimester Stretch marks
Uh, stretch mark. They are what keeps every pregnant mum worried during pregnancy. First you should know that those light thin lines appearing on your body are a cause of your belly stretching as your baby grows in your belly. There are many creams that help with stretch marks, and we got you covered!
And just a side note, even if they do not go away completely, you are beautiful and they make you even more beautiful.
7| Back pains, more than usual
Your final trimester is a very hormonal phase during pregnancy. Those hormones will work on relaxing your muscles thus causing more back pains than before. Many mums worry when those back pains are more than usual, but relax, it is just gravity doing its work. This gives even more reason for you to relax and rest as much as possible. Laying down should become your new routine at this phase, so try to enjoy it.
8| Bad dreams
And this is a funny one. Many mums agree that during their third trimester, their dreams got real bizarre. Scientifically speaking, that is caused by the hormonal changes your body is going through as they are at their peak. Do not worry, and do not read into it. They are just bad dreams, and both you and your baby are perfectly fine.
9| Finally, a little difficulty controlling your bladder
Another common thing that all pregnant mums go through during their final trimester. Your control over your bladder can become a little loose because of the pressure that is placed on it. Again, that is normal. No need to worry or be embarrassed as all pregnant mums go through this. So, you are not alone in this.