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What to Expect in the Third Trimester

The third trimester of pregnancy marks the final leg of your incredible journey toward motherhood. Your body undergoes remarkable changes as your baby grows and prepares for life outside the womb. At Cheyenne OBGYN, we understand the excitement and uncertainty that come with this phase; we will guide you through what to expect during the third trimester, empowering you with knowledge and support as you approach the arrival of your little one.

Rapid Baby Growth: During the third trimester, your baby experiences a period of rapid growth. They will gain weight, their organs will mature, and they will develop unique features. You may feel more pronounced kicks, punches, and movements as your baby becomes more active in the confined space of your womb.

Physical Changes and Discomfort: As your baby grows, you will likely experience various physical changes and discomforts. Your abdomen will continue to expand, and you may notice stretch marks and changes in your skin. Common discomforts in the third trimester include back pain, heartburn, frequent urination, shortness of breath, and swollen feet and ankles. Rest assured that many of these discomforts are normal and can be managed with proper self-care.

Braxton Hicks Contractions: Braxton Hicks contractions, also known as “practice contractions,” may become more frequent and intense in the third trimester. These contractions are your body’s way of preparing for labor. They are typically irregular and do not indicate the start of labor. However, if you experience regular contractions that increase in intensity and frequency, it may be a sign of preterm labor, and you should contact your healthcare provider.

Nesting Instinct and Emotional Changes: The third trimester is often accompanied by a surge of energy and the nesting instinct. You may find yourself organizing the nursery, washing baby clothes, and preparing your home for the arrival of your little one. Emotionally, you may experience a mix of excitement, anxiety, and anticipation as you approach the final weeks of pregnancy. It’s important to reach out to your support system and communicate openly with your healthcare provider about any concerns or emotions you may be experiencing.

Prenatal Appointments and Testing: In the third trimester, you will have more frequent prenatal appointments to monitor your baby’s growth, check your blood pressure, and assess your overall health. Your healthcare provider may also recommend additional tests, such as glucose screening for gestational diabetes or Group B Streptococcus (GBS) testing. These appointments and tests are vital for ensuring your and your baby’s well-being.

Preparation for Labor and Delivery: As you approach your due date, it’s important to start preparing for labor and delivery. Attend childbirth classes, familiarize yourself with the signs of labor, create a birth plan, and pack your hospital bag. Discuss your preferences and concerns with your healthcare provider, and ensure you have a support team for the big day. Click here to view images of CRMC’s labor and delivery unit.

The third trimester is a time of anticipation, physical changes, and emotional preparation. As you navigate the final stage of pregnancy, remember to take care of yourself, seek support when needed, and communicate openly with your healthcare provider. Your journey to motherhood is unique and remarkable, and the team at Cheyenne OBGYN is here to support you every step of the way. If you have any questions or concerns about your pregnancy or would like to make an appointment with one of our knowledgeable providers, contact us at 307-634-5216