After the cool stage, you now move into the last leg of pregnancy. By this trimester, your baby has grown enormously. The extra pounds you’ve gained plus the weight of your baby begins to take its toll.
There is added pressureon your back so expect ache, pains and soreness. You will also experience discomfort in your pelvis and hips as your ligaments loosen in preparation for labor. In short, the third term is the most challenging stage of pregnancy.
o The seventh month is the beginning of the countdown. As you prepare for labor, your baby is making preparations too. Your maturing darling will stock up on body fat. Movements are more vigorous now than ever before. The sudden kicks will startle, if not hurt, you at times.
o Your baby can now hear clearly. Together with frequent changes in position,your baby responds to stimuli, including light, pain, and sound.Better prepare a list of soothing lullabies to sing to your baby.
o The amniotic fluid begins to subside. At the end of this seventh month, your baby is heavier (up to 4 pounds max) and 2 inches longer than 1 foot.
o Your baby’s growth is unstoppable and by this time, she will be stashing more body fat. The kicks are escalating.The brain is developing at a furious pace. Your baby’s sense of sight and hearing has expanded. Most, if not all, internal systems are well developed except for the lungs that are still to reach maturity.
o You’ll start to feel mild contractions which are glimpses of what to expect when the real labor comes. The so-called Braxton Hicks contractions are not as intense as the real labor contractions. However, they’ll feel a lot like labor but in a lesser degree. Sooner or later the contractions will progress to it.
o You’ll know the real contractions when the time in between is getting shorter within creasing intensity.
o Your baby’s length has extended to about 18 inches and weighs close to 5 pounds.
o By the final month of pregnancy, your baby’s lungs are fully established.
o Reflexes are more synchronized. Your baby can blink and close her eyes. Your baby can turn its the head without strain, clutch firmly, and actively react to light, touch and sounds.Your baby is showing impatience and waiting for the moment to come out.
o The activity inside your tummy has lessened. The space inside your womb has become tighter, leaving no room or space for your baby to move in the uterus.
o Your baby then will instinctively change position for the upcoming labor and delivery.Your baby descends in your pelvis with the head down in the direction of the birth canal.
o Once your baby is firmly settled,you’ll feel electrical sensations running along your legs and vagina. These are caused by the baby hitting your nerves.
o Your baby will be writhing more than kicking. You can expect a few blows from your baby’s feet and knees. Sometimes there will be sharp kicks under either side of your ribs.
o As your due date draws near, you may start to see a yellowish fluid sneaking out from your nipples. This fluid, called colostrom, is essential and will nourish your baby in the first few days after birth. Baby is coming!
You can watch a recap of the First, Second, and Third Trimester of Pregnancy here.
The child bearing experience with your unborn baby will definitely be stored in your memory bank for a lifetime.But now that you’ve reached the tail end of your pregnancy, all difficulties, strain and backaches are of no consequence anymore. Make preparations for the coming of a new member of the family.