The 3rd Trimester Mommy Experience - Weeks 28-33

Not much left to go! You’ve finally reached your third trimester, and while your journey so far might have been as tiring as it was fascinating, you’re almost there. Known to be the least comfortable of the three trimesters, the third trimester is often when certain pregnancy discomforts reach their peak, but don’t let that get you down! You’re almost at the end of your pregnancy and soon you’ll have your long-awaited baby nestled in your arms, so hang in there!

29th Week

Your uterus should be 7.5cm above your navel this week, and your weight gain should ideally average between 7-11kgs. Mothers of multiples will be experiencing considerable backaches and pelvic pressure. To alleviate discomfort, try having a warm bath, and make sure to get lots of help from friends and family, as this is a time when you should take it easy. Some women experience a strange tingling sensation in their lower legs accompanied by a strong urge to move them when they’re relaxing or trying to sleep. Don’t worry if this happens to you, you’re simply experiencing what is called Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS). To reduce RLS discomforts, try stretching or massaging your legs and reduce your caffeine intake.

29th Week

Some of the pregnancy discomforts you might be experiencing now may include itchy skin, hemorrhoids, heartburn, constipation, shortness of breath, leg cramps, indigestion and overall muscle aches, not to mention fatigue if you’re pregnant with multiples. Get lots of rest and put your feet up whenever you can. You’ll be counting your baby’s kicks from now on to monitor your little one’s activity, and should inform your doctor if your baby’s movements become weaker. Some women develop supine hypotensive syndrome around this time, which is when they experience a change in heart rate and blood pressure when they lie flat on their back, leaving them feeling dizzy. To counter this, sleep on your side instead of your back and get up slowly from sitting or lying positions.

30th Week

You should try sleeping on your left side more often now since that position doesn’t disrupt the flow of blood to your organs and extremities. If you can’t seem to get a proper night’s sleep anymore, try using a special maternity pillow or full-body pillows. Sleeping in a recliner chair can be particularly comfortable if you’re suffering from heartburn. You’ll probably be feeling clumsy at this stage, since your center of gravity has changed under the influence of the growing weight in your belly. In addition, hormonal changes will cause your ligaments to become lax and your joints loose, adding to your lack of balance. Also expect to be on an emotional roller coaster as your moods swings reach their peak, which when coupled with your overall discomfort level can have explosive results.

31st Week

Your uterus will be around 11.4cm above your navel, and you can expect to feel frequent abdominal aches since your uterus will be stretching and expanding more than ever. Many women experience Braxton Hicks contractions around this week, which are random contractions that usually begin in the second half of pregnancy. In addition to being irregular and short-lived, these contractions are infrequent and painless. If you experience frequent contractions (more than 4 contractions every hour), then you need to contact your doctor immediately, as they might be a sign of preterm labor. You should also watch out for other symptoms of preterm labor and must get in touch with your doctor immediately if you experience any of them. Pre-milk will probably begin to leak from your breasts this week.

32nd Week

Your uterus, which will be positioned 12.5cm above your belly button, will probably be pushing against your organs and causing heartburn, breathlessness, constipation, and indigestion. As always, it’s important that you keep yourself well hydrated and follow a high-fiber diet to handle constipation, and make sure to limit yourself to small, frequent meals to reduce heartburn and indigestion. Women pregnant with multiples this week will have a uterus that is roughly the same size of a singleton mom’s uterus in her 40th week, and will be experiencing stronger Braxton Hicks contractions. If you experience lower-back pain, let your doctor know right away.

33rd Week

While mild edema is normal around this stage, you should contact your doctor ASAP if you experience symptoms of preeclampsia, which is a serious pregnancy complication. If you’re carrying multiples, your appetite will be waning since your uterus will be pushing against your stomach. This is the week when most moms-to-be start waddling, and finding a comfortable position to sit or even sleep will be a real chore. You might feel achiness and numbness in your wrists, fingers and hands due to water retention.