In the third trimester your baby will gain weight quickly and you will be able to feel the stress on your uterus. In the beginning of the 28th week your baby is likely to weigh around 2 pounds or a little less than 1 kg. By the time of delivery she should be around 7 pounds or around 3.2 kg. As your due date approaches you become more and more anxious and also nervous about the delivery. Here are few pointers on what happens during the third trimester and why you should not get worked up:
- At this stage your baby moves a lot and you will be the feeling the kicks and punches even more than you had experienced in your second trimester.
After a point of time you will recognise a pattern in the movements. If you find a change in this pattern, you should consult your doctor.
- Your baby is in cephalic presentation by the 32nd week of pregnancy. This means that your baby is lying with the head downwards and legs pointing towards the chest, ready for delivery.
- The baby’s sucking reflex grows and the skin becomes smoother.
- Midway in your third trimester; the baby’s brain and nervous system is developed fully. And the bones are starting to harden. But an unborn baby’s skeletal system is different. The bones remain soft and separated to facilitate the delivery process.
- Babies don’t breathe on their own until birth. The first breath, indeed, is taken when she is born. But the baby’s respiratory system develops fully by the 36th or 37th week of pregnancy.
- And by the end of the 38th week, your baby is ready to meet you. You should be mentally prepared for delivery by now.
- You should be careful about your health and take good care of yourself. Some of the signs that you need to bring into your doctor’s attention are: vaginal bleeding, severe itching, not being able to feel the baby move.