When you are 28 weeks pregnant, you enter the third trimester. On the one hand, as your body grows heavier, you will feel most uncomfortable during this part of your pregnancy. You will find it harder to sleep at night, will get short of breath, and feel generally more tired. On the other hand, as you know that it won?t be long before you have your baby, you will be feeling somewhat apprehensive yet very excited about the imminent birth.
As you go through your pregnancy week by week, you will experience various symptoms, most of which are caused by the growing weight of your baby and the hormonal changes that your body undergoes as it starts to prepare for labour. Among the various phenomena that you may experience during those last trimester weeks are the following:
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Now that you are in your third pregnancy trimester, you should use the time productively to prepare for labour. If you haven’t already done so, you should make sure that you are attending birthing classes so that you will be prepared and know what to expect when you go to the hospital. At the same time, prepare a labour bag.
Make a list of the essential items that you need and make sure that the bag is packed preferably a few weeks before your actual due date, just in case. You don’t want to be casting around for essential items when you should be leaving for the hospital.
Many women are superstitious either by nature or due to their cultural or religious beliefs and they don’t like to buy anything before the actual birth. If that is how you feel, then even if you don’t actually buy anything for your nursery, there is no harm in jotting down a list of the baby equipment that you need before you go into labour. That way, at least your partner will be able to quickly assemble what you need while you are still in hospital and make sure that everything is to hand when you come home. And of course, if you are not that way inclined at all, the last trimester is a good time to do some baby shopping so that you will be prepared for your little bundle of joy’s grand entrance into your home.
The third trimester may be a physically demanding time and is very different from the first trimester of pregnancy. It is possibly not quite what you expected when you began. But bear in mind that it is also an exciting time and that much of your discomfort is only a preparation for the next and most exciting stage of all – the birth of your baby.