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Third Trimester

Third trimester 

You are on your final stretch of your journey. The third trimester is from week 28 up to week 40. Baby can literally come any day now? Did you know only 5% of women actually give birth on their due date! 

Your baby

Towards the end of your final trimester, your baby will grow to about 19 to 21 inches long. On average your baby can weigh 6 to 9 pounds. Your fetus’s lungs are still maturing, and continue to grow in size and weight. At this stage the baby will usually position itself head down.

Baby position 

Baby is very active in your tummy and is constantly moving. For a natural birth, the ideal position is to have the baby head down and facing your back. This is called cephalic presentation. 

Most babies usually settle into position themselves however, some babies can be breech which is where their bottom is down and their head is up. Your midwife will check and tell you what position your baby is.  A midwife can also perform a gentle massage to encourage your baby to turn by doing a backward or forward flip in the womb. This is called External cephalic version (ECV). Don`t worry it is not painful however it is uncomfortable. You may be given some medication to relax your muscles.

What is braxton hicks?

Getting some pains that you can`t understand why it’s happening in your tummy area? It is called braxton hicks. This is `false` or `practise` contractions. Your body’s way of preparing you for what’s to come. Braxton hicks tone the muscle in your uterus, ready for birth. Braxton hicks is not labour and isn’t a sign of labour. If you feel like something is not right, make sure you always trust your intuition and get yourself checked out. 

Nesting

Got a sudden desire to just clean your whole house? This is called nesting where there is a strong desire to have everything tidied, cleaned and organised before the baby comes. If you are nesting, try to not over do things and rest when you can.

Preparing for birth 

Try to make sure that you are organised and ready as soon as you can, ideally before 37 weeks.  You are going to need all the energy you can. Some things you can do before baby arrives:

If your nesting, clean, tidy and organise your house

Prepare the nursery or a safe place for baby to sleep

Pack your hospital bag ( you can download our hospital checklist)

Buy/ get essentials for baby 

Prep some meals beforehand, for after the baby comes

Rest as much as you can

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