Third Trimester Symptoms

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You’ve made it through two thirds of your pregnancy! Congratulations! The first 2 seems to go by so quickly, and now the longest part of your pregnancy is here. Time seems to slow down for whatever reason—maybe it’s nerves, or maybe it’s excitement to meet your little one. Here are some things to expect this coming trimester that you may or may not be aware about.

You don’t always waddle. You’ve seen the movies and heard from your friends how you are going to waddle at the end because your belly is so big and everything is uncomfortable. That might not be the case with you. Sure, your belly is bigger, and it is more difficult to move because you are carrying all the extra weight, but there are a lot of women who go through this trimester feeling about the same as the others. Depending on how you carry the weight, you may start to waddle toward the tail end as baby can grow up to a half a pound per week.

You may experience leg cramps. Leg cramps are fairly common in third trimester, so make sure you are drinking plenty of water and moving around/stretch during the day. The worst part of getting it, is that it usually happens in the dead middle of the night and you will have to jump out of bed in pain. Since it is fairly common, don’t be surprised if you have to jump out of bed one night to work the kink out.

Braxton Hicks contractions might start. This is your uterus’s way of preparing your body for birth. This can actually happen while you are still in second trimester (around 20 weeks), but it is more common as your pregnancy progresses. It feels like an uncomfortable but painless tightening that starts at the top and works its way down your uterus. These contractions are not strong enough to push the baby out, but can be annoying.

Strange dreams may happen. So this one is actually throughout pregnancy, but you might notice they become way more intense toward the end. You can thank your pregnancy hormones for these and they will become more vivid as you get close to your due date. Take them with a grain of salt, even if they are more like nightmares, it’s not a a premonition of the future.

Your breasts may start to leak. You body has been preparing to feed your growing baby since early on, and production is ramping up as the time gets closer. You may notice your breasts leak a little, and that’s not a problem. If you are concerned about it getting on your clothes, invest in some pads to help keep it contained.

Every woman is different and the symptoms you experience may be different than your friends and family. If you ever have a concern whether or not it is normal, please consult your physician.