What Happens in Trimester 3?
You are almost at the finish line! As you enter Trimester 3, most of the symptoms you experienced during Trimester 2 may intensify, such as:
- Braxton Hicks contractions
- Vaginal discharge
- Frequent urination
- Haemorrhoids (piles)
Although these symptoms are normal, do seek medical attention if you experience warning signs such as severe abdominal pain or cramps, severe nausea or vomiting, bleeding, severe giddiness, pain or a burning sensation while peeing, rapid weight gain or weight loss.
During Trimester 3, you may start to visit your doctor more regularly as your doctor may want to monitor your protein level, blood pressure, length of your uterus, as well as the baby’s position. Travel restrictions will also take effect, and you may only be able to board an airplane if you have a letter or certificate from your doctor stating that it is safe for you to travel.
As your due date approaches, you may start to get anxious and feel the urge to clean, organise and stock up on items in anticipation of the arrival of your baby. It may be easy to get carried away when you’re preparing your nursery, so be sure to stick to the necessities! This may also be a good time for you to discuss your birth plan with your doctor, if you wish to have one.
What Will Happen to My Baby?
Weeks 28, 29, 30
Your baby’s eyes will open fully for the first time. Your baby may even have a head full of hair now, and will be able to kick, stretch and grasp items. Some people believe in counting kicks to tell if their babies are developing well, though this is not backed by any scientific evidence.
Weeks 31, 32, 33
Now that most of your baby’s major development is complete, he or she will start to rapidly gain weight. Lanugo, the fine soft hair that has been covering your baby’s skin, will start falling off. In addition, your baby’s eyes will now be able to detect light.
Weeks 34, 35, 36
As your baby continues to grow and put on weight, it may be harder for him or her to move around due to the lack of space inside your womb. Hence, you may notice that your baby’s movements are less forceful than they used to be. Your baby’s skin may look pink and smooth, and he or she may even have chubby limbs now.
Weeks 37, 38, 39, 40
By now, your baby may have turned into a head-down position in preparation for birth. If your baby has not started moving southwards, you may wish to discuss this with your doctor. You should also have your hospital bag packed and ready to go, as you may go into labour anytime during this period! A full-term pregnancy may fall anywhere between 37 weeks and 40 weeks and 6 days, so don’t be too focused on your due date as it is only an estimated date of delivery.