What to Expect During Your Third Trimester

We’re finally at the last trimester to finish off our series of what to expect during every trimester of your pregnancy. You’ve made it to the end! In a few short weeks, your baby will be here and the fun will begin. Here are the final appointments and benchmarkers before you give birth.

Your third trimester, is the last trimester of your pregnancy, taking place at 7-9 months (or 28-40 weeks). From 30-36 weeks, your appointments will increase from once a month to twice a month. From 36 weeks until delivery you can expect to have a visit every week.

Some items on the agenda during these appointments include:

  • Checking your baby’s heartbeat
  • Measuring uterine growth
  • Checking blood pressure, urine, weight
  • RhoGam injection if you have an Rh-negative blood type (28 weeks)
  • Glucose/diabetes screening at 28 weeks
  • T-Dap (whooping cough vaccine) at 30-32 weeks
  • Submitting maternity leave forms at 32 weeks
  • A vaginal culture test for Group B strep at 36 weeks
  • Vaginal exam to check for cervical dilation changes (36 weeks to delivery)

Some physical changes that you will likely see at this stage include:

  • Backaches
  • Having a hard time sleeping
  • Increased urination
  • Pelvic pressure increasing as the baby grows
  • Breast changes- fullness, tenderness, nipple discharge
  • You may notice that your baby’s large movements have decreased due to limited space in the uterus. You should still feel smaller movements though.

While the above physical changes are common and not cause for concern, also be aware of the following problems to report:

  • Decrease or absence of fetal movement
  • Signs of labor before 36 weeks
  • Fever or other illnesses
  • Any accidents or falls

In addition to these physical changes, it’s also important to know the signs of labor for when the time comes. Here’s what to look for: regular, patterned uterine contractions that may feel similar to strong, menstrual cramps; back pain; leaking of amniotic fluid (your water breaking); and vaginal bleeding.

Pregnancy is a beautiful thing yet we know it can be stressful as well. We’re here to answer any questions or concerns you may have. If you’re pregnant or are in need of other gynecological services, give our office a call today at 602-494-5050 to make an appointment.

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