You have made it to the last stretch of your pregnancy – the third trimester. From Weeks 28 – 40, your pregnancy progresses to its final stage as your baby inches closer to being born. This is also when you will start to feel real kicks from your baby!
What’s Happening in the Third Trimester?
- Your baby will have doubled in weight as he or she starts putting on fat.
- By Week 30 – 34, most babies will have turned upside down with their head facing the birth canal.
- Your baby’s head will usually stay down in the late third trimester, and this will be confirmed by your gynaecologist with an ultrasound scan.
- Once you’re past Week 37, your pregnancy is considered full term. It’s now time to count down to your little one’s arrival; expect to deliver anytime after 38 weeks.
Throughout your pregnancy, your obstetrician will check on your weight gain, blood pressure, protein and sugar in your urine to look for pregnancy-related conditions such as pre-eclampsia* and gestational diabetes at different antenatal visits. Excessive weight gain can put you at risk of developing the earlier mentioned conditions.