The last trimester of pregnancy is composed of the last three months – extending from weeks 28 to 40. By the time you have reached your third trimester, your body has undergone tremendous changes to create an ecosystem for the little life inside you. Here are some steps and measures you should keep in mind during these three months.
- Schedule regular check-ups with your doctor to monitor the risk of conditions like gestational diabetes and hypertension
- Maintain a healthy diet composed of small, frequent meals
- As with the previous two trimesters, stay away from alcohol, cigarettes and drugs
- Avoid prolonged physical activities that can lead to overexertion and exhaustion
- Expect disturbed sleep due to variations in prolactin levels
- Consult your doctor immediately if you experience sudden weight gain (more than five pounds a week), accompanied by swelling of the face, hands and feet
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- Stay hydrated to minimise your risk of urinary tract infections, and to boost lactation in time for delivery
- Track your baby’s movements regularly
- Perform squats and Kegel exercises to strengthen your pelvic floor muscles for delivery
- Massage your bump with lotion or oil to minimise stretch marks
- Take a lactation class to learn how to breastfeed effectively
- Take a Lamaze class to allay any doubts or fears regarding your delivery
- Seek information about stem cell banking
- Pursue a hobby to calm your nerves and de-stress in the days leading up to your due date
- Ask your doctor about your delivery options, labour analgesia and anaesthesia
- Shop for essentials and clothes for your newborn to cover your hospital stay and your first few weeks post-delivery
- Keep a fully stocked hospital bag of essentials for your hospital stay
The last trimester is an exciting phase that serves as a countdown to your baby’s arrival. Stay prepared with these tips.