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Here you can find all of our 3rd trimester articles at a glance.
3. Trimester – Third third of pregnancy
Final spurt! You and your baby are in the third and final trimester from the 27th week of pregnancy. It ends, of course, with the birth of your child.
This trimester is described by pregnant women as the most exhausting trimester, because the previously so small belly has now grown strongly and restricts in everyday life.
What happens to me in the third trimester of pregnancy?
As just mentioned, this stage becomes a bit exhausting as your baby continues to grow and take up a lot of space in your belly. This can lead to back pain, circulation problems, heartburn, etc.
In the last weeks, water retention is added, but you can alleviate this somewhat by lying down (legs up!).
Since the belly is quite large, it will be difficult for you to find a comfortable sleeping position – on your side with a sleeping pillow has proven successful for many mothers!
Don’t be surprised if you visit the toilet more often than normal – your baby presses on the bladder and you feel this quite clearly.
Towards the end, you may also experience descending contractions, which cause your baby’s head to move into your pelvis. Take advantage of the last six weeks before your due date in peace, because this is also when your maternity leave begins!
The development of your baby
Your baby is getting comfortable and now fills your entire uterine cavity.
Your little one is now almost fully developed – The nervous system, brain and organs are ready to go so far by the beginning of the 32nd week.
Now it is also called final spurt for your baby, because in the last weeks growth and weight gain is on the agenda.
From the 37th week, your baby is no longer considered a premature baby and can be born without receiving respiratory support.
Here, the longer it is in the womb, the better!
At the end of the trimester, your baby is about the size of a melon, weighs around 3000 grams and is about 50 cm tall.