Welcome back to the third post in the series of my pregnancy journal!! Let’s know more about my third trimester.
I went back to my mom’s place in the beginning of my third trimester. My blood group is B -ve and because the Rh is negative, I tested for ICT which came out to be positive. Because of that I got blood tests done every week till this whole dilemma of ICT being positive was cleared. Those few weeks were the most difficult times of my life. Thankfully, all these issues were hoax and my baby boy was born at 38 weeks after a vaginal delivery. Here are the other highlights of this trimester.
Visits to the doctor become more frequent in this trimester because the growth needs to be monitored closely. Also, the doctor needs to check for any signs of labour. There would also be many precautionary blood tests.
Baby’s movements become quite strong by this time because the room for him/her to grow gets smaller. At this time, doctors advise to keep a close check on these movements because they can give you signs for any foetal stress. Use the kick counter feature provided by BabyBerry. Always discuss any major changes in movements with your doctor.
Babies become quite active during night time. My baby used to start his play time around 2 AM and I used to get startled by the strong movements. Thus, I found it difficult to sleep. I felt very tired by the end of the day and had backache as soon as I hit the bed. That added to my trouble in sleeping.
As the baby grows, the mother’s organs get compressed to make more space for the baby. This can lead to heartburn and acid reflux. I had antacid syrup whenever I felt a heartburn.
Wait for the arrival
I kept waiting for the arrival of my baby in the final few weeks. That had me googling when the first born babies are usually born and other information about it. I learnt that one should not try to induce labour unless they are already full term. The more time the baby spends in the womb, the better viability it has once it is out in the world. Stay calm and let your baby give the signs of labour.
Tips for the third trimester
- Stay Hydrated : You may get signs of false labour if your body is not hydrated.
- Eat well : Eat plenty of nutrients rich food for your good health and that of the baby. Do not forget to take your supplements.
- Stay informed : Keep yourself updated about the various signs of labour and the stages of delivery. Make up your mind about how you wish to bring the baby into the world. It would be a good idea to enrol yourself and your husband for a childbirth class.
- Do not stop exercising : Staying active is needed the most during this trimester. It helps in the descend of the baby and also in blood circulation for both mama and the baby. Take long walks and do whatever your body permits. Just make sure that you do not exert too much stress. Simple stretching exercises help a lot. Being active also increases your chances of having a normal delivery.
- Take Rest : Your body needs good rest at this time. Try to take naps during the day. Always listen to your body.
- Prepare your hospital bag : For yourself and the newborn. Don’t wait for the last moment for the labour to begin. Make a checklist of the essential items you may need.
- Stay Calm: This is the most important tip for this trimester. Remember your body is capable of performing miracles. Stay calm and breathe.
- Talk to your baby : You baby is able to hear your voice and might sometimes respond too. Talk to your baby, read a book out loud or sing your favourite songs. Your baby might remember these after he is born.
- Massage your bump : It helps you to connect to your baby and at the same time soothes him too. You may get a few kicks in response to your massage.
- Pamper yourself : You body works the hardest in this last trimester, makes sure you pamper it a little by the pre-natal massages. These would help to relieve the stress and will make you feel better.