Pregnancy: Third trimester – Week 28 to Week 34Pregnancy: Third trimester - Week 28 to Week 34

Welcome to Pregnancy: Third trimester

For trimester 1st and 2nd please read our previous post here

Topics covered:

  • Week by week guide from week 28 to week 34
  • Symptoms during pregnancy
  • Complications during pregnancy
  • Nutrition/supplements required during pregnancy

 

NUTRITIONAL NEEDS OF A PREGNANT WOMAN:

Nutrition

Aids in Average Daily Dosage
Folic Acid Prevent birth defects 600 mcg
Iron Oxygen/Blood supply to the baby 27 mg
Calcium Develop baby’s bone and teeth 1000 mg
Protein Develop baby’s vital organs 80 gm
Iodine

Develop the brain and body

250 mcg
Fiber Digestion, relieve constipation 30 gm

Pregnancy: Third trimester – Week 28Pregnancy: Third trimester - Week 28 to Week 34

Welcome to week 28 of Pregnancy

Your baby is now as big as a plate of pancakes. Your little guy is almost 15 inches long and weighs about 2.2 pounds. Now he’s gonna really start packing on some serious weight. He will gain around 1 pound every two weeks.

After birth, you might feel like your belly is ready to burst. You’ll probably be seeing your doctor every two weeks now to keep close tabs on things. You’re probably dreaming about what life will be like when your baby gets here. You know, he might be dreaming about it too. Your baby is in a stage now where he can dream and is capable of REM sleep.

A common source of discomfort at this stage is sciatic nerve pain. This occurs when the baby and your uterus rest on the sciatic nerve in the lower part of your spine. It put extra pressure on the nerve, causing shooting pain, tingling, or numbness. It starts in your bum and radiates down the backs of your legs. Sometimes, the pain might be intense but it will pass as your baby moves around. In more serious cases, it can linger until delivery. A hot water bottle, a warm bath, rest, and stretching can get you some relief.

Another common symptom at this stage is shortness of breath. You might feel like you’ve run up a flight of stairs when all you’ve done is walk down the hall. Don’t worry it’s normal this is partially due to an increase in the hormone progesterone. It tells your brain that you need to take in more air enough for 2 plus. The weight of your uterus on your diaphragm can make breathing feel harder. Slow down and pay attention to your posture. Standing up straight creates more room for your lungs to take in air. Call your practitioner if your shortness of breath seems severe.

If you have a dog, the welcome of the baby into the family is a big step for you and for him. Your dog will probably know that something is up by now. It’s based on the change in your scent and the shift in your behavior. Now is the time to check in with a dog trainer about any behavioral problems like jumping barking and aggression. If your dog hasn’t been around kids, you can help acclimatize him by going on a few outings with a mom friend. A little practice with walking your dog on a leash with a stroller will be good for both of you to plan to introduce your newest family member slowly. Send home a blanket with your baby’s scent in advance. This will help your dog get used to the new little person before he comes through the door. Introduce your baby to the dog slowly and get prepared for the sweet moments that lie ahead. You may be surprised by how easily your pup adopts the new baby as a member of the family.

Pregnancy: Third trimester – Week 29

Welcome to week 29 of Pregnancy

Your baby is now as big as a head of broccoli. She can smile blink and even frown or cry in utero. Some women might feel great during their entire pregnancy. But, there are others who are hit with every symptom in the book like constipation, hemorrhoids, headaches, heartburn, indigestion, and an itchy belly. Most of these complaints are temporary and will improve once you have the baby.

If your achy joints are bugging you, consider a water workout. Getting regular exercise will help ease aches and pains. It also helps you sleep better and make you stronger for delivery. It reduces your risk of delivery complications and speeds up post-birth recovery. It might also boost your mood.

 

It sounds comforting to creating a birth plan. To be envisioning how childbirth will go feels like a little bit of control, in an otherwise uncontrollable situation for others. It’s an anxiety-inducing exercise that’s better left to the pros.

Neither outlook is right or wrong; you should do what feels right for you. Just keep in mind that not all births go according to plan. So even if you detail the day down to the labor playlist special mood lighting. And socks you’re gonna wear, it’s best to research alternatives. So you’ll know what you’re dealing with in any scenario.

 

Lots of expectant parents are torn on the topic of stem cell collection often called cord blood banking. Stem cells collected from the umbilical cord at birth can potentially be used to treat various illnesses. But this service comes at a price including a hefty initial fee and a monthly storage cost. Thereafter, if you decide on stem style collection, look into which stem cell companies service your area. And make arrangements for collection. Some communities have free public banks where you can donate your stem cells.

 

Have you heard about Kegels yet? Kegels are exercises that strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. And it has been known to make a huge difference in the likelihood of having pelvic floor weakness postpartum and continents and even vaginal prolapse. Post-baby you can tell where these muscles are by imagining you’re trying to stop your peeing midstream. You can get Ana Kegel workout no matter where you are.

Squeeze for four seconds then release for four seconds, repeat ten times a few times a day.

Pregnancy: Third trimester – Week 30

Welcome to week 30 of Pregnancy

Your baby is now as big as an eggplant. She’s pretty tired from all that growing she’s doing. She’s sleeping about 90% of the time.

Now that you’re well into your third trimester, your body will start to get ready for the birth. You may notice your boobs are getting even fuller. It is getting potentially heavier and more tender in preparation for breastfeeding. They may look like a road map of dark veins. And the small glands on your areolas may become raised. Your belly might suddenly become uncomfortably rock-hard. The chances are its just a Braxton-hicks contraction. These miles contractions are your body’s way of practicing for birth. Just pay attention to how often they happen.

 

It’s time you consider shopping for your baby. Sure it’s fun to buy cute baby booties. But the car seat should really be at the top of your shopping list. Some hospitals won’t even let you leave without one. Even if you don’t have a car there is a lot to choose from. But you just need an infant rear-facing seat also known as a bucket seat. For now, you can also buy a convertible car seat. It will see them through their toddler years; buy it new not used. And follow the installation instructions carefully. Some stores even hold workshops with the certified car seat instructor to help you do it right, as it’s not as easy as it sounds. It’s time to get the baby gear assembled. It may take a few Saturdays to get the nursery completely finished. Plus you’re probably gonna slow down soon. It’s tiring carrying all those extra pounds.

 

Pregnancy: Third trimester – Week 31

Welcome to week 31 of Pregnancy

Your baby is now as big as a tub of ice cream. He’s getting stronger too. So, be prepared for him to be more active this week. He stretches and exercises his limbs. If your belly button hasn’t popped yet already it’s coming. The pressure of your expanding uterus on your abdominal wall will cause the protrusion of your belly button. It will return to its pre-pregnancy state probably a year after delivery.

Heart palpitations; when it feels like your heart is racing or skipping a beat are pretty common in late pregnancy. It’s your body’s reaction to changes in circulation to carrying around a bulge of the size of a bowling ball. And sometimes it happens due to anxiety. Take a break and do some deep breathing until you feel your ticker stabilize. But get in touch with your doctor if the palpitations are accompanied by chest pain or shortness of breath. Or if you’re worried that they’re happening too often with a looming life change ahead.

Some mom-to-be worries are to be expected, no big deal. you’ll just be completely responsible for another human being. But for some women, this anxiety crosses the line. If you find yourself sapped of the joy of pregnancy or if you never had it to begin with. Or you’re spending too much time dwelling on the what-if scenarios of pregnancy and childbirth. You should talk to your doctor.

You should consider packing your hospital bags as soon as 30 weeks. It’s just one less thing to worry about and it means that you’re ready to roll. If your baby decides to make his debut a few weeks early.

Still, feeling frisky? We’ve all heard the stories about women who have gone into labor after a good romp between the sheets. But fear not, an orgasm won’t kick-start premature labor. Even at full term sex will only help get things going if they’re going to happen soon. Anyways, don’t be surprised if you experience Braxton Hicks afterward because the oxytocin released during sexual arousal can make the uterus contract. One word of warning, if you experience any signs of premature labor like five or more. Or strong contractions in an hour or suspect that your water has broken. It’s best to avoid sex until your doctor has checked you over.

Pregnancy: Third trimester – Week 32

Welcome to week 32 of Pregnancy

Your baby is now as long as a zucchini. Her tiny little fingernails have grown to the top of her fingertips. Soon she’ll be turning face down to get into position for her big exit. Don’t be surprised if you look in the mirror one day and see stretch marks on your thighs, boobs or belly. Even if you’ve been diligent about moisturizing, and haven’t seen a single one of those reddish-purple marks until now. Your baby is now growing faster. This would stretch your skin at a much faster rate than in the earlier stages of pregnancy. But don’t worry, stretch marks usually fade to silvery lines that you’ll hardly notice in a few months. Many women feel light-headed throughout pregnancy. By the third trimester, you may feel dizzy when lying on your back. Because in this position your heavy uterus is weighing down. The main blood vessels of your torso would reduce blood flow to your brain. Turning to your left side should help you feel better.

Have you ever thought about who’s going to be in the room during your labor? Your mom, sister, and other close friends and family members might express an interest in attending the birth. But you’re calling the shots on this one. Some women only want their birthing partner by their sides. While others are okay with an entourage. Is your partner calm in stressful situations? Or will he need someone else there for support? Think about your family dynamics. Also, check with your hospital or birthing center on the delivery room rules and visitor policy.

Have you googled what’s an episiotomy? Many first-time pregnant women worry about needing this procedure. In this procedure, the doctor makes a surgical cut in a mom’s perineum. This allows more room for the baby’s head to emerge. But fear not; doctors try not to do them unless absolutely necessary. Because they don’t actually heal that easily, it’s more likely that birth will cause you to tear a little naturally. And somewhat unevenly, instead of a hard to heal the surgical cut. You may require a few stitches to close the injury, but they’ll numb the area before doing the stitches. To avoid tearing altogether you can try a perineal massage in the final weeks leading up to the birth. It would make the area more pliable.

Pregnancy: Third trimester – Week 33

Welcome to week 33 of Pregnancy

Your baby is now around 42cm long. Her organs are now pretty much fully developed. Though her lungs still need a bit more time in the oven. She’s developed her own immune system – which will come in handy when she joins our germy world. Don’t be surprised if you start to experience tingling aching or numbness in your fingers’ hands and wrists. As your body retains fluid, the tissues in this area can swell and put pressure on your wrists. It can be a one-sided irritation or affect both hands. Take breaks to stretch. Try to sleep with your hands in a relaxed position resting on pillows. When it comes to hair, the upside to pregnancy is that you’re probably enjoying a shiny strong mop that’s growing faster than ever before.

The downside you may find that hair is sprouting in unfortunate places. You’re not used to like your face back nipples and belly. Not all hair removal techniques are safe during pregnancy. Your best bets are threading and tweezing because neither requires chemicals. Sugaring and waxing are okay as long as your skin hasn’t been too sensitive.

For many new parents, the stroller is a big-ticket item if you live in a city. And a stroller is going to be your main mode of baby transportation. It’s easy to fold up the stroller and put it in your trunk.

Pregnancy: Third trimester – Week 34

Welcome to week 34 of Pregnancy

Your baby is now as big as a pineapple. Your baby’s about 2.1 kilos or 4.7 pounds and almost 46 centimeters or 18 inches long. He’s still moving a lot. But the movement will feel different; less kicking and more wriggling. Because that kid is most definitely out of the room.

Your baby’s hearing is fully developed now. So get your lullaby on or let your partner read a book to the bump. You’ve probably heard mom’s complain about swelling especially in the summer months. But extreme puffiness can be an indicator of preeclampsia. If you notice pronounced “edema” a fancy phrase for excessive swelling. Especially if it’s accompanied by headache blurriness or flashing lights in your vision. Have the doctor check your blood pressure and for protein in your urine. Preeclampsia will resolve after the baby is born. Make sure that you have breast pads on hand from here on out. Because your boobs have figured out their new job of feeding a baby. And it may start to leak the liquid. If you’re noticing it. It’s colostrum, the nutrient-rich substance that precedes milk. And this pre-delivery leakage is nothing to worry about.

You may also notice more vaginal discharge. This is a result of increased blood flow to your pelvis. Spurred on by the estrogen racing around your body as well. It’s the extra pressure of your growing baby. Pantyliners are your friends. Pregnancy affects women differently in terms of sex drive. Some women notice an increase in desire. While others would rather walk over hot coals in the third trimester. Many women feel uncomfortable and tired. So, sex is the last thing on their minds. Hormones also factor in making some women hypersensitive, even to the point of vaginal discomfort. If you’re not feeling it, that’s okay. Your sex drive will probably show up again in a few months’ time.

If you’re considering co-sleeping or bed-sharing with your baby, do your research on the pros and cons. Read up on the risk of sudden infant death syndrome and make sure that the sleep environment will be as safe as possible. If you’re planning to breastfeed and haven’t gotten a breast pump, yet it’s time to think about it.

Rent a medical-grade pump from your hospital or from a baby supply store. Research models before buying a pump. An electric pump is definitely faster than a manual pump which you do by hand. But an electric model is more expensive.

Make sure to open your new pump, assemble it, and account for all the pieces it requires. The last thing you want to be dealing with is missing breast pump components. Especially when you have rock-hard boobs engorged with milk and a sleeping baby. We know it looks complicated but it’s not as bad as it looks.

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