Seve nth Month

28-31 weeks

Welcome to the final trimester:) Can you believe your pregnancy has gone by this quickly?

Feelings

With three months left until the big day you probably can't wait already for it to be over with. Whether you are enjoying your pregnancy or you can't wait for it to end, the last trimester usually goes by very quickly. Before you know it the weeks will feel like they are flying by. Some say its due to concentrating more on mentally planning for baby's arrival than anything else. Now is the time when most women feel pride in being pregnant because they actually look visibly pregnant. Don't hesitate or feel strange for wanting to make sure your clothes show that you're pregnant so that others recognize the fact. Don't think of it as vanity but just consider the fact that you are only pregnant so many times in your life and this is a way to enjoy your pregnancy and let others know you are pregnant. After baby's born it may be a very long time before you can do it again so enjoy the ability to "show off".

For tips on how to cure or comfort any of these symptoms listed on this page check out :

Symptoms To Expect During The Third Trimester & Tips To Help Make This Trimester More Comfortable.


Increase In Vaginal Discharge

You may start to notice the vaginal charged known as leukorrhea is being produced more and maybe getting a bit yellowish. This is common and as your pregnancy progresses the discharge may grow more.

 

Problems With Braxton Hicks Contractions

If this is not your first pregnancy chances are you may run into problems with braxton hicks contractions. For example you may notice that after being on your feet for a while you either start to have them in your lower stomach but the don't progress to the whole of your stomach like most do. Or you just may have problems getting them frequently when you're on your feet too much. This is a very common problem and is very normal.

Pelvic Pressure

Have you started to notice, especially while on your feet, that once in a blue moon you'll feel like something is pushing against your pelvic floor? It may feel uncomfortable but from what I understand its normal, very common and comes and goes during pregnancy. Its basically baby letting you know he/she's there.

Pelvic Twinge Pain

A pelvic twinge pain is a little like pelvic pressure only it can happen while you are sitting down as well and it feels like something is poking at your vaginal area. Even though the uncomfortable feeling may last a minute or so its very common. Its basically your body'sway of preparing itself for the day you deliver even though that maybe months away.

Baby On The Organ

This is defiantly one of the not so fun and uncomfortable parts of pregnancy. Now that your baby is growing rapidly and is losing space to move around in, within the up and coming months you may start to feel the sudden urge to have to urinate like your bladder is about to explode but you can't seem to go. That is baby laying on the bladder which could mean he/she is actually laying on the bladder or he/she has a foot or arm pressed into your bladder. Other organs baby can press into that will not feel so comfortable is your stomach which can cause acid reflux. As you get into the eighth and nine month baby will feel more and more like he/she is pressing up against or crushing most your organs but don't worry its only slightly uncomfortable and there isn't too much time left until your baby is born.

Balance

Balance can be a difficult thing to manage during the last months of your pregnancy if you aren't careful. Your body is not use to your new and growing proportions so you may find yourself feeling like you have equilibrium problems once in a while.

How Are You Carrying?

There is a old wives tale that says if you're carrying high chances are you are having a boy and if you're carrying low chances are you're having a girl or vise versa. Believe it or not that is basically what it is, a wives tale and is not true. Each person is different when it comes to proportions and each pregnancy is different. How your body is proportioned when you got pregnant makes a big difference in how you'll carry. With my daughter I carried high but before I had got pregnant with my son I had gained some weight and I am carrying midway with him. Not to mention the fact that there is no such thing as the perfect pregnant body. Not every woman will end up having a complete perfectly round belly when she reaches the third trimester. With my first pregnancy I had that complete round belly but with my second pregnancy I looked a lot like I had a upper and lower belly with kind of a small fold in between.

Leg And Ankle Pain

I have found at this time in pregnancy that if you tend to spend a good chunk of the day on your feet you may end up feeling the effects later on by having the backs of your legs, behind the knee hurt tremendously for a day. This is basically due to your body not use to carrying the growing weight of your stomach. You may have the same problem waking up with sore ankles which is caused by the same problem.

Stretch Marks

Unfortunately stretch marks are a side effect of pregnancy you won't be able to get away from. As your stomach grows the skin on your stomach grows which causes it to stretch like a rubber band. The skin on your stomach won't break but from stretching it will leave long silvery and possibly red marks. Once baby is born the skin on your stomach will shrink back to normal but the marks won't go away:(

Sleepless Nights

One of the downsides of getting closer and closer to your due date is finding that your getting less and less sleep. This could be due to a number of reasons. If you are the kind of person who likes to sleep on your back or stomach, your sleep could be interrupted by countless uncomfortable positions because your growing stomach won't allow you to sleep in your normal manner. You may also have problems sleeping because of aching body parts, because of acid reflux or because baby wants to play and the kicks and punches keep you up. You may just have one of these reasons why you can't sleep, you can have a combination of these reasons or you can end up having all of them. What ever it may be just know that you are not alone and there are ways to make your sleep a little bit better. Check out the Tips for Comfort section.

Weird And Vivid Dreams

You may have been having strange dreams ever since you found out you were pregnant but now that you're in the last trimester of pregnancy your dreams maybe getting very strange and vivid enough to remember way beyond the time you wake up. Some say the dreams are caused by constant thought about the pregnancy but no one really knows exactly what causes them. Most women say that their dreams are often focused on the subject of the pregnancy, having the baby and after the baby is born. You may even have a dream that has nothing to do with the baby or your pregnancy but for some reason its strangely sneaked into the dream and is out of place. Its also common for your husband to also maybe having strange and vivid dreams about the pregnancy or about the baby.

Baby Hiccups

If you start to notice a rhythmic kicking or punching movement in one part of your stomach that lasts longer than a minute it could be your baby having the hiccups. Even though your baby isn't able to breath air, he/she is practicing for the real world by breathing in and out amniotic fluid. Just like us, his/her diaphragm can lift up and cause the hiccups. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do to help baby but at the same time its perfectly normal and harmless. He/she may have many hiccupping fits before the pregnancy is over. With my second pregnancy my son had hiccups at least twice a day, every day after the eighth month. It showed that he was working hard on practicing breathing:).

Sex And Pregnancy

Depending on how your pregnancy is progressing, you may be running into problems with your sexual relationship with your partner. Even though with some women pregnancy might heighten and help their sexual relationship, with others it may cause problems. It could be the size of your stomach that kind of gets in the way, it could be your husband is still too afraid to have sex while you're pregnant, it could be the vaginal discharge that is a turn off or it could be many other things. No matter what gets in the way don't be discouraged and give up, there is always a way to make your sexual relationship work, its just finding one that works for both you and your partner. The positive thing about having sex while pregnant is chances are the rocking motion will put your active baby to sleep:) With my first pregnancy I really had no problem with sex but with this pregnancy I run into a lot of difficulties but it always works out some how. If at anytime you start to hurt during or after sex, talk to your doctor about it. He/she may not want you to continue sexual relations for fear of premature labor.

Gas

Once in a while, especially as your pregnancy progresses and if this is your second pregnancy, it may become hard to determine what's gas and what's braxton hicks contractions. Gas can make you feel bloated which has the same feeling as a braxton hicks contraction. The best way to tell is if you burp or pass gas. It can become uncomfortable but will eventually go away.

Strange Cravings

Mixing cuisines is very common at this point in pregnancy. It's perfectly normal to crave strange combinations you normally wouldn't eat together or at all such as fried chicken and ice cream or a hamburger with ranch dressing instead of ketchup. As your pregnancy progresses your cravings can get very creative. Just give your partner fair warning that he/she may be called upon to run to the grocery store in the middle of the night. If he protests remind him that it's the least he can do for the amount of work you'll be doing giving birth in a few months.

Name That Body Part

This month is the best time to play a very entertaining game called Name That Body Part. By now your baby is big enough to start exploring his/her area by pressing his/her feet, hands and fists against your stomach. As your baby grows he/she will press more and more body parts against your stomach but the problem is figuring out what body part is what. Unfortunately there isn't a sure fired way of telling what is what except for guessing. You can sometimes really distinguish a foot from a hand if you press your finger across your stomach until you find a row of small bumps which could be his/her fingers or toes. Once you find them slowly move your finger or palm of your hand away. If a small bulge starts to follow and run across your stomach then chances are it was his/her hand you found. Next month he/she will be a little bit bigger and will press a little harder so you'll be able to tell a little bit more what body part is what.

Concerns About Baby

With my first pregnancy I couldn't go a day without worrying about how my baby was. Is she getting enough nutrition? Is she getting enough air? Am I doing the right things I need to for her to be healthy? Its perfectly normal to have growing concerns about your baby's well being especially the closer you get to your due date. Even with my second pregnancy I get just as concerned for my baby's well being. For tips that will help comfort your worries about baby, check out Tips on Comfort.

Increase In Worrysum About Being A Mother

Its perfectly normal to start feeling anxious about how you are going to be as a mother the closer you get to your due date. Even with my second pregnancy I am concerned about how I'm going to be a good mother to two children. It's normal maternal instinct to feel this way. Don't be concerned if you don't feel this way at all though. Each woman is different when it comes to feelings towards their baby and pregnancy. Just because you aren't concerned doesn't mean you have any less of a maternal instinct or care any less about being a mother or how your baby is doing than the woman who does worry.

Can't Wait To Get It Over With

There are three stages most women go through while they are pregnant. At first you aren't sure about pregnancy and may even be scared, in the second trimester you feel comfortable with pregnancy and even become very happy to be pregnant and then in the last trimester you can't wait for it to be over with. Its either the symptoms you want to be over, you can't wait to see baby or both. With my second pregnancy I've actually been counting the days until my due date. It's a perfectly normal feeling and may grow as your pregnancy progresses and baby's growth starts to make you feel less and less comfortable.

 

A Few F.A.Q.

 

Wow Am I Growing!

By the end of this month, at some point in time you may wake up one morning, look in the mirror and swear your stomach has been growing in your sleep. Baby should be going through little quick growth spurts every now and then which would account for the expanding waist line.

Why Do People Keep Touching My Tummy?

I've read in many books and on many web pages about pregnant women commenting that many strangers from off the street to grocery stores to restaurants, come up and ask to touch their stomach. Personally I've never had someone ask to touch my stomach. From what I understand the reason people do it is because pregnant women aren't commonly seen and the idea of a life growing inside your stomach is fascinating to people. The idea of a stranger asking to touch your stomach is kind of a scary thought but whether you feel comfortable with someone touching your stomach is up to you. Most women, including me, feel that a pregnant stomach is secret and kind of a personal place to be touching. Kind of like the idea of having a stranger coming off the street and asking to touch your rear. So when someone you don't know asks to touch your stomach don't be afraid to say "No I really don't feel comfortable with that." It's your body and your choice:).



WHAT DO I NEED TO DO THIS MONTH?

This month is the best time to talk with your husband and your doctor about a birthing plan. For more information about working on a birthing plan check out How To Figure Out A Birthing Plan. Also if this is your first pregnancy, ask around to see if someone is planning a baby shower for you. Baby showers usually take place the seventh or eighth month of pregnancy.

What You Should Expect This Prenatal Visit

 

Urinalysis screening: You basically get this every time you go in for a appointment. All you need to do is pee in a cup provided by the office. If you're like me and have trouble going to the bathroom in public places, I find the easiest way to provide a specimen is to take a pee cup with a top home with me and pee at home in the cup a hour or less before my appointment.

Weight and Blood Pressure:Your weight and blood pressure will be taken at every appointment.

Fetal Heartbeat: You will be asked to lay on your back on the exam table, pull your pants down to your hips and raise your shirt. The nurse will squirt a gel like substance on your stomach and what looks like a little microphone hooked up to a box over your lower stomach. This device picks up the baby's heart beat kind of like a ultrasonic microphone.

Checking The Size Of The Uterus:A lot of doctors like to start checking the size of the uterus and how it is growing by the third month. The doctor will ask you to lower your pants to your hips and he/she will do a external palpitation and just lightly push around your lower abdomen a little to feel the size of the uterus is.

Checking The Height Of The Uterus: By now your doctor should pull out what looks like a measuring tape and measure you from your pelvic bone to the top of your stomach. Instead of numbers on the measuring tape, this tape has weeks and the tape will measure how many weeks along you are showing.

Checking Your Cervix: Depending on how your doctor practices he/she may start doing a internal exam to check on how your cervix is progressing. Once your weight and blood pressure have been taken by the nurse you will be asked to get undressed waist down and put a paper blanket over your lap and hips while you sit on the exam table. After your doctor checks fetal heartbeat and size of the uterus he/she will ask you to scoot down to the end of the exam table, place your feet in the stirrups at the end of the table and lay on your back. Your doctor will put on a rubber glove with some gel(same gel used on your stomach for fetal heartbeat and ultrasound). He/she will place two fingers into your birth canal and press to see how your cervix is progressing. It may sound kind of weird and a little scary but it's a common routine procedure done to every pregnant woman nearing the end of the pregnancy. This procedure will be done at each of your doctor appointments up until you deliver. This procedure will be able to tell your doctor how close you are to delivering. Nearing the end of your pregnancy your doctor will be able to tell if your baby has dropped by being able to feel the baby's head during the exam and it will also be able to tell your doctor if you have dilated, how far along you have dilated and if your water is ready to break. It is done this early mainly to tell how far along the cervix is and to prevent premature birth.

Checking Hands And Feet For Swelling: Most pregnant women at some point in their pregnancy tend to retain water which can cause the swelling of hands and feed known as Edema. This is quit normal especially in warm weather but doctors like to check mainly because if it happens too often it maybe a sign of preeclampsia which from what I understand doesn't happen to often. Preeclampsia can cause problems with the pregnancy but is something that can be easily caught early and treated.

 

What To Bring With You To Your Appointment

If you have any questions or concerns about your pregnancy, I find it best to write them down on a piece of paper as soon as you think of one and bring the paper in with you at your next appointment so you can talk them over with your doctor. Don't be concerned if you feel like you are asking too many questions or you feel your questions are embarrassing or odd. Your doctor has had many patients and I'm sure has heard them all. Besides your doctor is there to help you as much as possible and make you feel as comfortable as possible about your pregnancy. That's a big part of their job.

What Should Be Covered At This Appointment

When your doctor comes in to see you he/she should ask you how you feel. During your appointment your should also discuss any previous problems you have encountered. This is also a good time to discuss any new problems or concerns about your pregnancy and find out what can help you.

If you feel you have run into a major problem with your pregnancy, do not wait until your next appointment to address that problem, call your doctor's office as soon as possible. Your doctor's office should have a exchange number you can call when your doctor's office is not open.

What Does My Baby Look Like Now?

By sometime this month your baby will grow to be fourteen to sixteen inches long and weigh about three pounds or more. Free moving space is running out. He/she may be able to hiccup and suck his/her thumb. He/she might be able to respond to a light turning on and off, the sound of someone's voice, sound in the room you are in, and the touch of a hand pressing against your belly. If you can find his/her fingers he/she may follow your fingers if you move them across your belly. He/she has a good chance of surviving if born now but he/she will most likely be in the neonatal intensive care unit for a few more months in order for his/her body to mature more.

 

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