Congratulations! At 28 weeks pregnant, you are into your third and final trimester of pregnancy. You may want to start counting your baby’s kicks. Although it’s not medically necessary for you to count fetal kicks (unless your midwife or doctor has advised you to), it’s a good way to feel more secure in knowing your baby is healthy.
As you begin your third trimester, you might start thinking about whether or not you want to breastfeed your newborn baby. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, human milk is the best food for all newborn infants. Most new mothers can start breastfeeding within minutes of giving birth!
At 30 weeks pregnant, you are quickly approaching the end of your pregnancy. Are you ready for your baby’s birth? It will be here before you know it. As you are thinking about your baby’s arrival, you should seriously consider creating a birth plan. A birth plan is basically a written document that details how you want your baby’s birth to be handled.
Childbirth classes will give you a general overview of what to expect during your labor and delivery, including your options for pain relief versus more natural methods, vaginal birth versus cesarean section, and related subjects. Plus, childbirth and prenatal classes in the third trimester offer a wonderful way for you to make friends with other pregnant couples.
It’s important for you to learn about both giving birth vaginally as well as by a cesarean section. Even if you are dead set on having a vaginal birth, you should learn about the reasons for an unplanned cesarean birth and what goes on during a cesarean section in the event that you require an emergency C-section.
You are probably finding yourself more and more excited at the prospect of meeting your little baby for the first time. You are more than two-thirds of the way there by this point in time. You should consider pre-registering at your hospital if this is allowed. This will help speed the admissions process once you are in labor.
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.
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.
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.
You are now considered early term. This means that if you were to deliver your baby this week, there is a good chance that he or she would be perfectly healthy. True labor contractions can be difficult to distinguish from false labor (Braxton Hicks) contractions. But here are a few general rules…
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.
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.