Magic in the Making: Your Third Trimester

Finally! You've entered your third and last trimester! This is when the finishing touches begin to take place, finalizing the formation of your soon-to-be-born bundle of joy. Remember to talk to your doctor about the frequency of your prenatal visits to monitor your baby's health and determine the proper delivery due date and procedures.

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A Guide to Third Trimester Prenatal Testing & Screening

As you enter your third trimester, your prenatal appointments should take place more frequently, and will typically be scheduled every other week after the 28th week until you give birth to your baby. Some doctors might ask you to come in every couple of days to monitor your progress more closely if you pass your 41st week of pregnancy. Below are some common tests that your doctor will probably have you take during this trimester.

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The 3rd Trimester Mommy Experience - Weeks 34-40

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Some women develop itchy red welts or bumps on their thighs, bellies, or buttocks, which develop as a result of a harmless but uncomfortable condition called pruritic urticarial papules and plaques of pregnancy (PUPPP). Talk to your doctor to determine whether you need medication to treat the condition or to ease your discomfort. If you feel general itchiness all over your body but don’t see a rash, make sure to see your doctor, as it could indicate a liver problem. Braxton Hicks contractions will considerably intensify this week as your body prepares itself for the big day. Mothers of multiples often go into labor anytime between weeks 34 and 37, so make sure you’re ready to leave for the hospital if you’re pregnant with twins. Since you’ll be feeling particularly fatigued again, you need to get enough rest to save up your energy for the impending labor.

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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!

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How to Relax During Labor

Relaxation and labor might seem like two contradictory concepts, but relaxing while giving birth is actually achievable if you use the right techniques and have the support of a good birth partner. In fact, being able to remain relaxed throughout your labor will help you have a more positive birth experience. Read on to learn more about the benefits of relaxation in labor and how to achieve it.

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Natural Labor Pain Relief Methods

You might have heard a lot about labor pains, but the fact of the matter is you will only experience pain during the contractions themselves; the time in between contractions is completely and blissfully pain-free! As such, your best strategy is to take advantage of these strategic moments to relax your body and get more comfortable to reduce contraction pains. Here are some suggestions on how to relieve pain during labor through natural methods:

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Cord Blood Banking

A relatively new science that has been drawing the medical community's attention since its benefits were first discovered in the 1970s, cord blood is associated with the treatment of serious medical conditions. 


 

Today, cord blood banks have sprung up in different parts of the world to offer individuals the opportunity to store their newborns' cord blood for future medical use. But what exactly is cord blood? How can it help improve your family’s chances at countering serious diseases? And is cord blood banking the right thing for you?

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Cesarean Delivery - Risks & Advantages

Getting a C-section is inevitable when there are certain factors that hinder a normal vaginal delivery, but a C-section is not always chosen due to medical necessity; you can have an elective Cesarean if you prefer.

 

 Many women these days are opting for elective Cesareans due to various reasons discussed below. If you’re thinking of following suit, make sure you’re aware of both the advantages and the risks of C-sections before making your final decision. Your doctor will be able to help you decide whether you’re eligible for an elective Cesarean.

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Cesarean Delivery - What & When

As you near your due date, you might start wondering whether you should opt for a normal vaginal delivery or a Cesarean delivery. In order for you to make an informed decision and discuss things comfortably with your doctor, you might want to learn a bit more about what a C-section is and when it is usually performed.

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What You Need to Know About Epidural Anesthesia

Let’s face it; while having a baby might be a wonderful and rewarding experience, childbirth and labor tend to be more of a grueling and less-than-thrilling process. That is why many women opt for pain killers and anesthetics during childbirth, saving themselves the pain of what could be a 15-hour labor , if not longer. 

One of the more commonly used anesthetics is epidural anesthesia, but before you decide on whether you’d like to ask your doctor to use it, take a moment to learn more about what it is and what you should expect from it.

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Inducing Labor - Medical & Natural Methods

As explained in Inducing Labor: Reasons & Risks, labor induction can sometimes be a necessity. There are different techniques to inducing labor, some of which are medical while others are natural. Read on to learn the different options available to you and discuss them with your doctor to determine which would be more suitable in your case. 

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Inducing Labor - Reasons & Risks

Childbirth is not always a textbook process, and doctors will sometimes need to give nature a little push by taking measures to trigger contractions and speed up labor to ensure the safe delivery of the baby and safeguard the mother’s health when the need arises. If you’re wondering whether you should discuss inducing labor with your doctor, it might be a good idea to learn about the process, the reasons behind it and the risks involved first.

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