The Final Stretch.....Welcome to the Third Trimester

Congratulations! You've made it to the third trimester and those small issues that you noticed in the second trimester are probably a little bit bigger. Okay, maybe a lot bigger. The last trimester for me, while it was exciting, I was also miserable. I couldn't sleep at night, I had to go to the bathroom even more than I did in the beginning of my pregnancies, and I had so much pressure in my abdomen I felt like I could fall apart at any moment. I was just ready for it to be over and I'm sure there are many of you that did (or will) feel this way. So don't feel bad. Just know that in a few more weeks you will be holding your new addition in your arms.

Trying to sleep

I couldn't sleep lying down or on my side. I didn't have a body pillow during pregnancy one and two so I had to stack as many pillows around me to support my legs and back. I found that sleeping sitting up was the best thing ever! During pregnancy number three I decided to see what the hype was about when it came to those body pillows everyone talked about. And again I ended up sitting up to sleep. I also had to make sure I had a pillow under my belly. I needed that extra support.

What is my baby doing?

Your baby is still growing at this point. At the end of your sixth month your baby typically will be about a pound or a little more. And then your baby will start to pack on the pounds. Most babies will average around 6 or 7 pounds but this can vary. My first born weighed 6 pounds and 8 ounces when she was born. My second daughter weighed 8 pounds and 1 ounce, and my third daughter weighed 8 pounds 8 ounces! (they got bigger each time) Sometimes a final ultrasound is done to try to get an estimate of how much your baby will weigh but again this is just an estimate and sometimes it can be off a bit. Your baby is stretching and moving around even more. It may even feel like they are trying to escape! During your final visits your provider will want to check to see if your baby is head down or still breech. (bottom down) If your baby is still breech in your final weeks of pregnancy your provider will discuss options for turning your baby and for delivery.

Preparing for labor and delivery

There are some things in life that you can never really be 100% prepared for. I feel like labor and childbirth is one of those things. You can prepare your mind and body as much as you can for the actual event though. There are classes you can take that are specifically designed to help you get ready. There are Lamaze classes which focus on ways to manage any pain that you may have. Women are also educated on the different options for pain like epidurals and so on. I felt like no matter how much I prepared for the "event" I had to go through it to know how to handle it. You would have thought that with each pregnancy I would be used to it however, I was still nervous and each time all ended well and my babies were delivered safe. My body did exactly what it was supposed to do.

How are you feeling in your third trimester or how did you feel? Share your experiences!

Tiffany Underwood

Certified Pregnancy Health Coach

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