Third Trimester Of Pregnancy Health Tips

In the third trimester of pregnancy, you will notice many bodily changes that will help to prepare you for the baby's birth.

After adjusting to the first trimester and sailing through the second, you will find an array of new things to experience during your third trimester of pregnancy. Here are some tips for managing these changes to ensure a successful delivery.

1. Accommodate your changing shape. You may now begin to feel huge, especially in the last two months of pregnancy as the child approaches its birth weight and size. In addition, you may hold water that is needed to cushion the child's development in the uterus. Swelling in your face, hands, and ankles can signal a serious condition called toxemia, or pre-eclampsia. If your face appears fuller or your body seems more swollen than usual, call your doctor.

2. Move carefully. Most pregnant women at this stage get around quite well. Still, it is important to avoid tripping over something that your enlarged body may hide from view on the ground. Your balance will become even more uneven, so take steps carefully and slowly. Don't run or move recklessly through unknown areas to avoid tripping. A fall at this time could bring on early labor and possible complications to the pregnancy.


3. Continue to see the doctor. He or she will start scheduling more frequent office visits, since no one knows for sure when the baby will be born. The doctor will check the baby's size and heartbeat, and may order an ultrasound to monitor the child's development for abnormal conditions. The doctor also will check your cervix to find out when it starts dilating, which heralds the onset of labor. Don't skip doctor visits because this is a critical time in your pregnancy that requires medical supervision.

4. Report any unusual symptoms. Early labor contractions (Braxton-Hicks) may suggest your uterus is preparing to expel the child when true labor commences closer to your due-date. But if the contractions persist or grow stronger, it's time to call the doctor. A few weeks or a few days before your baby is ready to be born, you may pass a small amount of bloody mucous, called the "show" or "bloody show." This is the "cork" of the uterus being shed in preparation for labor. Let your doctor know when this happens. If the baby stops kicking or you feel faint or unwell, call the doctor's office to rule out any serious problems.

5. Prepare for birth. You may want to enroll in a childbirth preparation class that can tell you what to expect during labor and delivery and teach you how to breathe during contractions. With your doctor's permission, continue to exercise to keep your muscles toned, which can aid during the delivery phase. Drink plenty of fluids, as before, and eat healthy. You will have to urinate more frequently again, so stay close to the bathroom. Stop eating, however, when the birth pangs begin, and call your doctor promptly.

The final trimester is very exciting as the countdown begins for baby's birth. Monitor your symptoms, continue healthy habits, and stay in touch with the doctor about any questions or concerns.

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