You have entered the last trimester. Compared to the previous weeks, now you are facing a slightly more difficult time but do not worry, you will manage just as well as you did before.
The expectant mother
During the last part of your pregnancy, some unpleasant symptoms might reappear, such as indigestion, minor cramps, fatigue and back pains. By this time you are carrying a lot of weight: a sweet burden, but straining your body all the same. You need to rest a lot. You might experience heavy breathing and you might feel like something is trying your ribcage apart sometimes. Pregnancy gymnastics can provide relief from your symptoms and make you feel better generally.
Starting from this week the baby is deemed viable outside the womb. If he was born anytime now before week 38 it would be premature. It can be assessed whether he is in a breeched position or bottom-down, but this might change and he keeps growing in length and gaining weight. His eyelashes are developed and the boys’ testicles have fully descended. Now you are able to see the facial features of your child on the ultrasound. As there is not a lot of space left for movement, he does not move around that much, but his kicks and turns are stronger. Now when the baby kicks, it is visible on your stomach.
You should plan your delivery. During the weekly midwife consultation, we help you decide which type of giving birth you should choose, and tell you everything you need to know to make you prepared and confident for the big moment.
You should collect as much information as you can and discuss them with your doctor and midwife. You can start planning where do you want to give birth: in a king size bed, in a bathtub or a birthing bed? Should the father be there with you? You can discuss these and more at the midwife consultation.
Take your partner by the hand and go shopping for baby supplies together: there are a lot of things you need to acquire before your child arrives. But do not buy anything they tempt you with, because the shopping might never end that way. The most important items are a baby buggy, a carriage (you might want to buy one that can be fastened into your car), a baby bathtub, scales, a changing table, a baby pouch, a crib, a baby monitor. We collected a few tips that might help you. You should also ask around your friends about certain items that you will only need for a short period of time, because if they can lend them to you, you do not have to spend money on them unnecessarily. Do not buy a lot of baby garments, as the little ones grow very fast during the first months. Put the emphasis on quality rather than quantity: 4-5 sleeper gowns, 10 bodies, 2-3 caps, 4-5 pairs of socks and 2-3 pairs of stockings will suffice. Make sure that the band of the socks will not press into the baby’s feet but will not allow them to slip down either. You will not need more than 2 sleeping bags.