During the last trimester, women may notice a return of fatigue, headaches, faintness, and an influx of general aches and pains. Appetites will be high, sleep may be light and women start to feel hampered by their expanding abdomen.
If you experience sudden, rapid weight gain of more than 2.5 kg a week and facial and hand swelling, with or without headache, contact your doctor immediately. You may be showing signs of preeclampsia, or pregnancy-induced hypertension. It occurs when your blood pressure suddenly rises after 20 weeks of pregnancy, but typically occurs in your third trimester. You will be screened for blood pressure and for protein in the urine at every prenatal visit. Also, contact your doctor immediately if you have not felt the baby move in 24 hours or if you start bleeding vaginally. Do not take aspirin during your third trimester. It could increase the risk of bleeding in you and the baby during labor.
During the eighth month, expectant mothers may start seeing their doctor twice a month, to ensure that the baby’s progress is closely monitored. The expectant mothers may start to feel a wide range of emotions. This can range from weariness to excitement.
Some women may start to experience the Braxton Hicks contractions. These may be more noticeable by women who have had previous pregnancies. Some women report aches and pains in the rib cage due to the movements of their babies. Changing positions will usually ease the discomfort.
The ninth month cannot come soon enough for some expectant mothers. Many are ready to have their babies and look forward to delivery. Many start to fear labour and delivery and feel much stress. Enrolling in childbirth education classes can help alleviate fears.
Many women feel that their emotions are heightened during the ninth month. Irritability and impatience heightens.
Women may notice that vaginal discharge becomes heavier in the ninth month. Heartburn and flatulence may also be more bothersome. Leg cramps, backaches as well as a feeling of heaviness may be pronounced. Braxton Hicks contractions may become more intense, as well as the urge to urinate more often. Leaking breasts are also common during this time.
Remember this is the ninth month. Do not forget to pack a bag for the hospital. Make sure you include a “coming home” outfit for your baby.