Third Trimester

Women's Health

Third Trimester — Mom

What can I expect?

  • Weight gain as much as 12 pounds

  • Mood swings, anxiety and increased irritability

  • Increased frequency of urination

  • Constipation and hemorrhoids may develop

  • Increased fatigue

What can I do to stay healthy and comfortable?

  • Drink lots of fluids

  • Eat fruits and vegetables to prevent constipation

  • Attend prenatal classes to increase your awareness
    of and decrease anxiety

  • Adjust your body movements (sitting, bending, etc.)

  • Maintain correct posture

  • Rest frequently

  • Gently exercise

Third Trimester — Baby

Month 7

  • Your baby is 14 to 16 inches long, weighs about 2.5 to 3.5 pounds, and begins to form fat layers.

  • Organs are maturing

  • Taste buds have developed

  • Skin is still red and wrinkled

  • If born at this time, your baby will be considered premature and require special care.

Month 8

  • Your baby is about 16.5 to 18 inches long and weighs about 4 to 6 pounds.

  • Kidneys are mature

  • Skin is less wrinkled

  • Your baby’s nails now extend beyond the fingertips.

  • Overall growth is rapid this month: tremendous brain growth occurs, and all body organs are now developed, with the exception of the lungs.

  • Movements or kicks are strong enough to be visible from the outside.

Month 9

  • Your baby is about 19 to 20 inches long and weighs about 7 to 7.5 pounds

  • Lungs are mature

  • Your baby settles in the lower pelvis to prepare for labor and birth and can now survive outside the womb​

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