Third Trimester

Third trimester 

As you embark on the final leg of your pregnancy journey, the third trimester signals the forthcoming arrival of your little one.  From weeks 28 to 40, you’re in the home stretch, but remember, only a mere 5% of women actually give birth on their due date! So, don’t be surprised when the baby comes earlier or later. 

Your Baby’s Development

At this stage, your baby is rapidly growing, measuring around 19 to 21 inches long and weighing between 6 to 9 pounds on average. While your little one’s lungs are still maturing, they’re steadily gaining size and weight in preparation for their grand entrance into the world. By now, your baby typically positions itself head down, getting ready for their journey through the birth canal.

Understanding Braxton Hicks Contractions

Feeling some unfamiliar twinges and pains in your belly? Don’t worry, it might just be Braxton Hicks contractions. These are often referred to as “false” or “practice” contractions, as they help tone the muscles in your uterus in readiness for labour. You will know when you are in labour as the labour progresses, contractions get longer, stronger and more frequent. While Braxton Hicks may feel intense, they’re not a sign of impending labour. Trust your instincts, and if something feels off, always consult with your healthcare provider.

Baby’s Position Matters

As your due date draws near, your baby’s movements may become more pronounced. Ideally, your little one should settle into a head-down position, facing your back, known as cephalic presentation, which is optimal for a natural birth. However, some babies may opt for a breech position, with their bottom down and head up. Your healthcare provider will monitor your baby’s position as your due date approaches to ensure a safe delivery.

Nesting Instincts Take Over

Suddenly hit with an overwhelming urge to clean and organise every nook and cranny of your home? Welcome to nesting! This primal instinct drives expectant mothers to prepare their homes for the imminent arrival of their baby. While it’s essential to channel this energy into getting things ready, remember not to overexert yourself. Listen to your body and take breaks when needed.

Preparation is Key

As you countdown to your due date, it’s crucial to stay organised and prepared. Aim to have everything in place by 37 weeks to minimise stress and ensure a smoother transition into parenthood. Some essential tasks to tackle include:

  • Nesting: Clean, tidy, and organise your home to create a comfortable environment for you and your baby.
  • Nursery Preparation: Set up the nursery or designate a safe sleeping space for your little one.
  • Hospital Bag: Pack your hospital bag with all the essentials for both you and your baby. Don’t forget to download our hospital checklist for guidance.
  • Baby Essentials: Stock up on all the necessary supplies for your newborn, from diapers to clothing.
  • Meal Prep: Prepare some meals in advance to have on hand for those hectic post-birth days.
  • Rest and Relaxation: Prioritise rest and self-care to conserve your energy for the big day.

Embrace the final weeks of your pregnancy with anticipation and excitement as you prepare to welcome your bundle of joy into the world. Remember to cherish these moments and trust in your body’s remarkable ability to bring new life into the world.

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