The Third Trimester of Pregnancy: Weight Gain & Other Changes

Week 38: Baby’s toenails grow

When you are 38 weeks pregnant, or 36 weeks after conception, your baby’s head and abdomen are roughly the same size.

Toenails on your infant have grown to the tips of their toes. Most of your infant’s lanugo has been shed.

Your infant may now weigh around 6 1/2 pounds (2,900 grams).

Week 29: Baby kicks and stretches

Your baby can kick and stretch by the end of the 29th week of pregnancy, or 27 weeks after conception.

When you are 29 weeks pregnant, or 27 weeks after conception, your baby can move by kicking, stretching, and grasping.

Week 34: Baby’s fingernails grow

Your baby’s fingernails have reached his or her fingertips at 34 weeks of pregnancy, or 32 weeks after conception.

Your baby may be more than 4 1/2 pounds (2,100 grams) and nearly 12 inches (300 millimeters) long by this point.

Week 35: Baby’s skin is smooth

Your baby’s skin is becoming smooth at 35 weeks of pregnancy, or 33 weeks after conception. His or her limbs have a chubby appearance.

Week 30: Baby’s hair grows

Your baby’s eyes can open widely at week 30, or two months after conception. By this week, your child may have a full head of hair. Red blood cells are forming in your babys bone marrow.

Your child may be more than 10 1/2 inches (270 millimeters) long from head to rump and nearly 3 pounds (1,300 grams) in weight by this point.

Week 36: Baby takes up most of the amniotic sac

It may be more difficult for your baby to punch you at 36 weeks of pregnancy, or 34 weeks after conception, due to the crowded conditions inside your uterus. However, you’ll likely continue to experience numerous stretches, rolls, and wiggles.

Pregnancy’s third trimester is when your baby changes the fastest. Significant changes to your body will also occur to support your developing fetus. Some of the changes and symptoms you experienced in your first and second trimesters may return in your third, but as your baby’s due date approaches, they are frequently worse.

All of these will add a few extra pounds. One reason why midwives and doctors urge women to avoid gaining too much weight during the first two trimesters of pregnancy is because of this.

You may begin to experience more kicks and other movements as your baby grows and becomes more constrained in your belly. A growing fetus can cause more body aches for you because of the additional weight you’re carrying; some of these may be painful from time to time—maybe your baby is a future soccer star! During the third trimester, back, knee, and neck pain are frequent. When you can, take a break and put your feet up. To relieve pain, switch between using heating pads and ice packs.

Contractions may be the biggest change you experience near the end of your pregnancy. Contrary to Braxton Hicks contractions, true labor advances through longer, stronger, and more frequent contractions. Congratulations! Now is the time to contact your midwife or birthing facility to start making final preparations for your baby’s arrival.

Any noticeable vaginal changes during pregnancy could be cause for concern. There’s a small exception during the third trimester. As your pregnancy draws to a close, you might start to experience vaginal discharge that resembles mucous and contains one or two blood spots. Your cervix softening to help you get ready for labor is the cause of this. You should call your doctor if you notice:

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