Third trimester of pregnancy
It's the third trimester – and the final countdown! You're now heading towards the finish line and will doubtless be thinking about all things labour and birth as well as life after pregnancy. Are you prepared for parenthood?
When does the third trimester start?
The last trimester takes you from week 28 all the way to the end of pregnancy – however, we can't guarantee this will be bang on week 40. Babies have a way of keeping you on your toes (even before they're born) and rarely stick to their estimated due date.
Your questions about the third trimester answered
- Am I having Braxton Hicks or real contractions?
- What are the early signs of labour?
- How can I get labour started?
- What should I pack in my hospital bag?
Your questions about labour and childbirth answered
- What pain relief is available?
- What's an epidural?
- What natural pain relief options are there?
- What's involved in an assisted delivery?
- What happens during a c-section?
- How long will it take to recover from a c-section?
- What is a water birth like?
Things to do in the third trimester
- Monitor your baby's movements
- Attend your first antenatal class
- Buy the newborn essentials
- Pack your hospital bag for the birth
- If you are RhD negative, have an Anti-D injection
- Be aware of the signs of pre-eclampsia
- Finalise your birth plan
- Talk to your birth partner about your expectations
- Practice breathing techniques for labour
- Read some positive birth stories and advice
- 15 things to do while waiting for your baby to arrive
Thinking ahead to life with a newborn
- Which baby name will you choose?
- What do you need to buy for a newborn?
- Prepare any older children for meeting the new baby
- Dos and don'ts for the first weeks home with your baby
What Mumsnetters say about the third trimester…
I'm having weird rollercoaster emotions – like how I really want to finish work and have this baby, then next minute never wanting him to come out!
I'm feeling the weight of the baby more and it's uncomfortable at times when I'm walking – it feels like a heavy bowling ball pressing on my bladder and dragging my tummy down. I end up waddling when I walk.
I'm 35 weeks and feeling gigantic! Huffing and puffing everywhere. I've decided to start taking things really easy, walking really slowly, offloading as much as possible housework-wise onto DH, and ordering all my food online.
All in all, I feel a bit 'been there, done that, time to move on' with the pregnancy bit and am impatient to get on with the baby bit – even though I really feel like I don't know what I'm doing…
I'm 31 weeks and I'm doing OK but I hate nighttime as I don't sleep well. My back, legs and hips hurt and I find it hard to relax, plus I have bad indigestion which feels worse at night. I love feeling the baby move around so much though.