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Third Trimester

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Mum, it’s me!

High five mum, we’re almost there! It’s officially our last trimester together. Where has all the time gone? I’m now a fully formed baby, measuring about 36cm long and weighing 900 grams (almost a kilo). I’m set to grow the quickest during this last trimester than any of the others, which means I’m going to put on lots and lots of weight. Don’t be surprised if I stack on up to 28 grams a day - there’s no stopping me now! Meanwhile, opening and closing my eyes is my new favourite thing to do. I’m in my regular sleeping and waking up pattern, and sometimes I think I might even be dreaming. My brain is developing every day and I’m starting to use it more and more. Oh and if you feel a strange sensation in your belly, that’s probably just me with a case of the hiccups!

How are you?

Welcome to your third trimester! Now’s the time to start your antenatal birth classes, which will help you (and your partner) prepare for labour and delivery. Having these finished by 37 weeks is ideal – this is when you’re considered full term and could go into labour at any time!

Foods such as sardines, cooked tuna and salmon, nuts (walnuts, brazil nuts, almonds), seeds (especially linseed and canola), soya oils and eggs will help support your baby’s brain, eye and nerve development. Keep them in your diet.

If you’re finding yourself short of breath, it’s probably because your uterus is now up near your rib cage, thanks to your growing baby. Rib pain during the third trimester is not uncommon, as is heartburn, so read our tips at Karimums. If you’re more concerned, it’s best to tell your doctor or midwife.

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