During the first trimester of pregnancy, better known as the first three months of pregnancy your body is undergoing many changes. Beginning the second trimester of pregnancy is a welcome relief for many women, especially those that had severe morning sickness and other intense early pregnancy symptoms. In the third trimester of pregnancy, between six and nine months pregnant. You are only weeks away from meeting your new baby!
Most women will admit that their newborn looks a bit strange. It’s often difficult to tell who a baby takes after until several weeks after delivery. Most newborns are born with big heads, very short necks and very large abdomens. They looks somewhat like tiny butterballs, making them all the more lovable.
Now the waiting game begins. You must try to be patient and watch out for the signs of labor. Contractions may start; your water may break; you might lose your mucus plug. Pay attention to anything unusual, and make sure that you have your hospital bags packed.
Perhaps the biggest question on most women’s minds during pregnancy is whether they will be able to identify true vs. false labor. The answer is tricky. Even experienced mothers sometimes have difficulty distinguishing between real labor and false labor.
Many women have extreme mood swings from about 35 weeks pregnant and on. Ok, many women have mood swings their entire pregnancy, but you may find them particularly dramatic around this time. During the last few weeks of pregnancy you should definitely consider a prenatal massage or two, particularly if you haven’t already.
As you close in on the final weeks of your pregnancy, you may find yourself consumed with thoughts of your labor and delivery. You may be nervous about the pain of labor, or perhaps you are worried that your labor will drag on for hours and days. In the last month of your third trimester, try to educate yourself on the labor and delivery process.