What to Know in Your Third Trimester
If you’re expecting a baby, you’ll likely have lots of questions between preparing playmats and floor seats. To help you prepare for the third trimester of your pregnancy, our team has taken a look at some of the main points to think about before you become a parent.
When is the third trimester?
The third trimester is the later stage of your pregnancy. You’ll usually enter this phase between weeks 28–41, or until you bring your little one into the world. From the start of this trimester, you may start to experience round ligament pains, which is another way of explaining growing pains on the side of your baby bump, as well as swollen hands and possible dizziness. But you’ll also have thicker and shinier hair!
How to sleep in third trimester?
Pregnancy comes with some changes in your lifestyle. And sleep is no different! Once you enter the third trimester, healthcare professionals recommend sleeping on your side – but it’s up to you to decide whether you’re a lefty or a righty. If you fall asleep on your back, research shows this can double the risk of stillbirth.
But try not to worry. As long as you’re falling to sleep on your side, it doesn’t matter if you wake up on your back. Just turn over and continue to rest peacefully – if you can! Or you can use sleeping pillows to try and better position yourself throughout the night.
How does stress affect pregnancy in third trimester?
It’s no secret that stress can have an ongoing effect on the human body. This is especially true for people who are pregnant, as stress can lead to high blood pressure among other complications. In your third trimester specifically, these ongoing feelings can cause your baby to arrive prematurely (before 37 weeks) and underweight (less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces).
Not only can stress lead to health problems for you and your child, but it can also lead to difficulties sleeping and eating. And who would want that?
To battle stressful thoughts and take matters into your own hands, you can think ahead by collecting all of the newborn essentials you’ll need. Our height-adjustable Sleep By Me Crib, Cloud and Star Cot Mobile, and RapidCool kit are perfect for parents wanting to catch extra bit of shut-eye throughout the night.
What not to do in your third trimester of pregnancy
There are some obvious things to avoid when you’re pregnant, such as smoking and drinking alcohol. However, you should also be careful to avoid any pain killers, such as aspirin or ibuprofen. This is dangerous in the first 12 weeks and anytime after 32 weeks, but healthcare professionals say that you’re able to take some between these time frames.
As well as these examples, avoid any heavy or strenuous exercise while you’re in your third trimester. This might be running for prolonged periods of time, playing contact sports, or even scuba diving.
When does a baby turn their head down in the third trimester?
To make sure their arrival into the world goes to plan, most babies reposition themselves in the womb before labour. They usually shift into the ideal position, which is head down and feet up, between 20–32 weeks. You’ll know they’ve made the move once you feel their kicks high up – which brings us on to our next point…
Pain when baby moves third trimester
Once you’re in the third trimester, any kicks or flips your baby does can cause discomfort. In particular, your ribs might start to feel sore from 35 weeks when they’re head down and feet up. If this is below your ribs or becomes too sore, it’s always best to contact your healthcare professional.
There’s no doubt that your third trimester will be challenging. Pregnancy isn’t a walk in the park! But starting the third trimester is a sure sign that it won’t be long until you’re holding your newborn baby and are able to start your new life together.