All About The 3rd Trimester Of Pregnancy

pregnant woman in the last month

This third trimester marks the home stretch of pregnancy, before the big meeting with baby. Between impatience and apprehension, these three months are rich in emotions for the future mother! How is this trimester going for the mother?

When does the 7th month of pregnancy begin ?

The third trimester of pregnancy begins in the 7th month of pregnancy, namely at the beginning of the 27th week of pregnancy or the 29th week of amenorrhea. It ends at childbirth, namely theoretically around the 41st week of amenorrhea. “Some women give birth before the term: until the 37th  we consider that the baby is at term and we therefore do not speak of prematurity”

physical changes:

  • At 7 months, the height of your uterus is 28 cm. At 8 months, it increase to 30 cm and it will grow to 33 cm at 9 months.
  • You continue to gain weight: about 4 kilos more during the 3rd trimester.
  • Your skin stretches, which can cause stretch marks to appear on your stomach, thighs or breasts. Stretching the skin can also cause itching.
  • Colostrum, the fluid produced before breastmilk arrives, may leak from your breasts.
  • Your blood volume increases, which can cause anemia, that is, a health problem caused by a lack of iron and which can cause fatigue.
  • You are more flexible due to your ligaments softening and your pelvic joints loosening.
  • When you lie on your back, the weight of the uterus can block certain blood vessels, which can cause you to feel dizzy.

Common ailments:

Pregnancy affects the entire body of a woman. The cardiovascular, respiratory, digestive, nervous, reproductive and urinary systems are also affected. Over the next few months, it will therefore be normal to feel a variety of discomforts and some pain.

Below is a list of the most common ailments during the 3rd trimester:

  • Stomach pains
  • Nasal congestion and nosebleeds
  • Braxton Hicks Contractions
  • Constipation and hemorrhoids
  • Leg cramps
  • Groin pain
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling in the legs and feet
  • Hand numbness and pain
  • Frequent urge to urinate
  • Changing mood
  • Hypertension
  • Insomnia or light sleep
  • Back pain
  • Headache
  • Vaginal discharge
  • Breathless
  • Varicose veins on the legs
  • stretch marks

Keep moving!

physical activity pregnany

Swimming, walking and yoga: it is strongly recommended to continue physical activity during pregnancy. “It’s important to keep working on your breath,”. This also helps to better manage the minor ailments of pregnancy and to limit weight gain. It’s up to you to choose the sport that suits you best