It’s a chain of developments that, literally, determines the level of discomfort the mother will go through during the beginning of the third and final trimester. You will find that the uterus has grown to a point of being almost four inches above the belly button. But, don’t be unduly surprised or worried. The foetus is bound to grow more and the placenta and the uterus will grow even larger.
The impact of this growth will be felt on the digestive tract, the intestines, the liver and the stomach. This, in turn, has an effect on enzymes which, naturally, affects absorption of food. Naturally, when so much is happening inside your body, it will have its own impact outside as well. Your skin gets stretched and may later have stretch marks. The weight gain causes your joints to ache and, how can you forget the impact of all this on the back? The solution for all this, for the present as well as the future after the baby is born, is to consume calcium.
That is not all. The mother will find that there is more fluid retention in the body. There will also be hot flashes around the neck, chest and head. As the mother faces all this, the foetus is on a trip of its own. The foetus goes to sleep and begins to dream as well during this period. The constricted space, however, does not prevent it from stretching and giving that kick which will make you, in sheer excitement, forget all the discomfort.
At this stage, the baby finally starts building fat under his skin. In the case of a baby boy, during this time, the testicles will move into the scrotum. The baby now starts looking plumper than ever before. At the end of this month, the foetus will weigh just about 1 kg and be around 38 cm long.
In all the excitement of the kick from the foetus, please do not forget to ask your doctor about all the symptoms of a labour. By Weeks 28, doctors would start showing you the foetal charts. If the baby is in the breech position (with the feet pointing downward), there is time for the baby to turn around by the due date. If your baby does not move out of the breech position, you may have to deliver via C-Section. This is the period that is most crucial for you to understand the process of labour and delivery so that you can be on the alert and rush to the hospital, just in case of need.