Congratulations! You have reached the 28th week of your pregnancy and you are starting your third trimester of pregnancy. Before you know it, you will be in labor and holding your newborn in your arms.
When Does The Third Trimester Start?
Physical Changes in the Third Trimester
As your baby reaches its full term, your uterus and hips will continue to expand to accommodate the growing fetus. This means that you will most likely have gained 20-30 pounds by your third trimester, causing fatigue and back pain. At this point in your pregnancy it is best to take it easy and rest as much as possible. Depending on your condition, some doctors might even prescribe bed-rest.
You might develop varicose veins and stretch marks, and the closer you get to your delivery date it is more likely that your breasts will start to leak breast milk. But all of these symptoms are signs that your baby is reaching full-term and you are almost ready to deliver.
Child Development in Third Trimester
By the first week of your third trimester pregnancy your baby’s eyes will be partially open, complete with eyelashes. The fetus will also be about ten inches long as you enter the beginning of this trimester. At this point, the baby’s bones are also fully developed, even though they are still quite soft.
Reaching the end of your third trimester, the baby will practice breathing, his or her fingernails will grow, and rapid weight gain will bring your baby to full-term. By the end of your third trimester your baby will weigh between six to nine pounds, and will already be testing blinking and even dreaming!
Preparing for Delivery
Several delivery options include, a vaginal delivery in a hospital (with or without pain medication), a water birth, a cesarean section, or even delivery with the guidance of a midwife or doula.
The very last stages of your pregnancy are an exciting point in your life. Now is the time to reflect back on the past nine months, and prepare yourself for the child you are about to bring into this world.