Wife by Week: Everything You Need to Know About the Third Trimester

**Congratulations! You’re in your third trimester.**

This is an exciting time as you prepare for the arrival of your little one. But it can also be a time of anxiety and uncertainty. That’s why we’ve put together this guide to everything you need to know about the third trimester.

**What to Expect**

The third trimester begins at week 28 and ends at week 40. During this time, you’ll experience a number of changes in your body and your baby.

**Your Body**

* **Your belly will continue to grow.** By the end of the third trimester, you’ll be carrying around an extra 25-35 pounds..

* **Your breasts will continue to produce milk.** You may start leaking colostrum, a clear or yellowish fluid that is the precursor to breast milk..

* **Your skin will stretch.** This can cause itching and dryness..

* **Your hair and nails may grow faster.** This is due to the increased levels of hormones in your body..

* **You may experience heartburn, constipation, and hemorrhoids.** These are all common pregnancy symptoms..

* **You may have trouble sleeping.** This is due to the increased size of your belly and the frequent need to urinate..

* **You may experience mood swings.** This is also due to the hormonal changes in your body..

**Your Baby**.

* **Your baby will continue to grow and develop.** By the end of the third trimester, your baby will be about 19 inches long and weigh about 7 pounds..

* **Your baby’s lungs will continue to mature.** Your baby will be able to breathe on its own after birth..

* **Your baby’s brain will continue to develop.** Your baby will be able to learn and remember things after birth..

* **Your baby will start to practice breathing and sucking.** This is in preparation for life after birth..

**What to Do**.

* **See your doctor regularly.** Your doctor will monitor your health and your baby’s growth..

* **Take prenatal vitamins.** Prenatal vitamins help ensure that you and your baby are getting the nutrients you need..

* **Eat a healthy diet.** Eating a healthy diet will help you stay healthy and provide your baby with the nutrients it needs..

* **Get regular exercise.** Exercise will help you stay healthy and reduce your risk of pregnancy complications..

* **Get enough sleep.** Sleep is important for your health and your baby’s development..

* **Manage stress.** Stress can have a negative impact on your health and your baby’s development. Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as yoga, meditation, or spending time in nature..

**When to Call Your Doctor**.

Call your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms:.

* **Vaginal bleeding**.

* **Abdominal pain**.

* **Headache**.

* **Blurred vision**.

* **Swelling in your hands, feet, or face**.

* **Decreased fetal movement**.

These symptoms could be a sign of a serious pregnancy complication..

**The third trimester can be a challenging time, but it’s also an exciting time. By following these tips, you can help ensure that you and your baby have a healthy pregnancy and delivery..

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