Baby's Growth & Development
- Baby gains one and one-half times its weight in the third trimester; weighs about 3 pounds.
- About 17 inches long.
- Fine, soft hair on the baby's body starts to go away, mainly from the face.
- Skin is still covered by a white creamy coating to protect baby.
- For a few weeks now, baby has been able to twist, turn, stretch, roll, and kick.
- Baby may stay in the same position, and may be active at the same times each day.
- You will start to notice patterns of activity and sleep, each baby will have its own pattern of movements.
- Baby may have a certain time when they are very active, often this is your bedtime. You may feel a series of jerks or jolts, this may be the baby's hiccups.
- You will feel more turns and twists with less kicks and jabs.
- Movement should be felt each day and changes as baby gets into position to be born.
- Baby will sleep 20 to 45 minutes at a time; this is when they are quiet.
- Baby may suck their thumb.
- Since an active baby is a sign of health, your provider will ask about this at each visit.
How to monitor fetal movements
- Empty your bladder.
- Lie down on your left side in a quiet place with few distractions (television, phone, kids).
- Pay attention to your baby's kicks and movements. Count each move you feel for 1 hour.
- If you feel tightness, place your hands on your abdomen to check for a contraction.
- Is it firm all over?
- Does it feel firm for 60 seconds or more?
- If you have 4 or more contractions per hour, you could be starting preterm labor.
- If your baby has not moved 10 times at the end of 1 hour, or has not moved at all, you need to call the office (515) 574-6870 and say that you have decreased fetal movement.
- Pregnancy causes fluid to build up in your body.
- Your feet, ankles, hands and finger may swell.
- This is most common at the end of the day.
- Much of the swelling should go away after a good night's sleep.
To help with swelling
- Don't stand in place for long amounts of time.
- Avoid foods that are high in salt (foods like potato chips).
- Walk and flex muscles in your lower legs.
- Prop up your feet when you can.
- Try to sleep with your feet slightly higher than your heart. Place pillows under your legs.
- Wear support socks and good, supportive shoes. Make sure stockings and shoes are not too tight.
- If your fingers are puffy, remove your rings before they get too tight.
- Lying on your left side will help move extra fluid.
- Let your provider know if:
- you have a sudden increase in swelling
- your face becomes very puffy
- swelling does not get better after a night's rest
Stress and Nervous Feelings
- It is common to have feel stress and nervous when you are pregnant. This is true for most women, no matter how much they have planned and wanted to be pregnant.
- Your body is making many changes you must adjust to.
- People in your life also feel stress
- Your partner may be worried about you, the baby and about being a parent.
- Your parents may feel concern as well.
- Your older children may be nervous about what a new baby will do to their bond with you.
Talking with your health care provider about your worries and fears can be helpful.
What to expect next during weeks 32-36:
- Choosing a doctor for Your Baby
- Well Baby Care
- Diet and Digestion
- Problems with Sleeping
- Feel Faint? Sit Down
- Leaking Urine
- Feeling short of breath
- Baby's Activity and Position
- Pelvic Pressure and Pain
- Back Pain
- Sex/Making Love