The Third Stage of pregnancy (Weeks 28–40)

The third stage of pregnancy is from 7th month to 9th month of your pregnancy period.

As you enter into the final trimester of your pregnancy you may notice that you feel more sensitive, emotional and anxious. When you are resting these feelings are very natural. It’s common to begin worrying about what kind of mother you are going to be. Many times, the increased size and weight of your baby can cause increased pain, making you feel more uncomfortable and anxious. At 28 weeks you should be able to feel your baby kicking several times per hour.

The final stage of pregnancy, weeks 28 through 40, is often marked by excited expectation of the baby’s arrival. At this stage, it is a good that always ready to go hospital.

Development of baby during last stage of pregnancy

 The growing fetus begins to be aware of its surroundings as the third trimester gets underway. Early in the third trimester, the fetus begins to open and close its eyes and suck its thumb. He or she also begins to respond to light and sound. As the fetus continues to grow, it has less and less room to move around. Some women report being able to identify the shape of an elbow or a heel poking into their abdomen. At the end of this trimester, the fetus moves into the position for birth, which usually means he or she moves into a “head down” position lower in the mother’s abdomen, nearer to her pelvis?

Experience during third stage of pregnancy

 The third trimester can be marked by physical discomfort associated with the now large size of the developing baby and mother’s associated weight gain. It is common for third trimester mothers to experience heartburn, significant hemorrhoids, increased body temperature, and more fatigue. Additionally, many women experience swelling in their ankles and fingers. Although some swelling is normal, you should alert your physician if you notice sudden, extreme swelling, or if you experience a rapid, sudden weight gain. These two symptoms may indicate a serious condition which could harm your baby.

Complications of pregnancy

The third trimester ends with labor and the birth of the baby. It remains possible to enter into pre-term labor prior to your due date. Contact your physician to make sure you are not in preterm labor if you experience contractions that are accompanied by a watery or bloody discharge or back pain, or if you find you have more than 8 contractions per hour, occurring at regular intervals.

Planning For Labor in the final stage

Labor is the process through which a pregnancy ends and a baby is born. The birth of a child is one of the most rewarding and memorable experiences a person can have. At the same time, the labor process can be difficult, painful and confusing, particularly if you have not previously experienced the process before, or are going into it without having been educated as to its complexities. No two births are the same, and no two mothers have the same experience during labor. The best way to prepare yourself for this important last stage of pregnancy is to know your options and to know yourself and what you want for the birth of your child.

It is a good idea that you establish a plan for labor and delivery well in advance of your due date. The first decision you need to make when thinking about the birth of your baby is where you would feel most comfortable delivering. There are many options for where your baby can be born, and how your baby will be delivered.

Another choice you will need to make in preparation for labor is whether or not you want to use pain medication. It is impossible to predict how much pain you will feel when you are in labor, and therefore it is impossible to know whether or not you will require medication in order to remain comfortable during the process. Talk to your health care provider about the various methods for pain relief that are available in natural and medical form.

In preparing for a delivery, you may choose to take relaxation and breathing technique classes, or to do exercises to help strengthen the muscles you will use during labor.

After the child birth, we have the other responsibility to give the proper diet to the baby on a proper time. Breast milk is the perfect food for your baby for first 3 month. Hence we should know about the breastfeeding.

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