Thursday, December 13, 2012

The last leg: Final Trimester

Time flies... it's the last leg of my pregnancy: The 3rd trimester.

Tummy super bloated and all non-pregnancy clothes cannot wear except big t-shirts and sweat pants for homewear.

Fatigue and tiredness kicks in all the time. Cannot do housework chores or simple clearing because of tummy and position of baby on my internal organs.

What happens to my baby during this trimester? This is what I got when I google about it.

  • The fetus can see and hear.  (I only tested with music - I play my disc man and put the headphones over my belly... I feel some movement inside. Once he was so active; after I played music for him - he calmed down a lot.)
  • The brain continues to develop.
  • The kidneys and lungs continue to mature.
  • By the 36th week, the head may "engage" (drop into the pelvic area) - a process called "lightening."
  • The bones of the skull remain soft to make it easier to pass through the birth canal.
  • For many babies, the irises of the eyes are slate blue. The permanent eye color will not appear until several days or weeks after birth.
  • The fetus can suck its thumb and has the ability to cry.
  • By 38 to 40 weeks, the fetus' lanugo has disappeared almost completely.
  • By 38 to 40 weeks, the lungs have matured completely.
  • The baby is covered in vernix caseosa (or simply called vernix), a creamy, protective coating on the skin.
  • The head will usually turn downward during the last couple of weeks of pregnancy.

What happens to my body?

  • Increased skin temperature as the fetus radiates body heat, causing the mother to feel hot.
  • The increased urinary frequency returns due to increased pressure being placed on the bladder.
  • Blood pressure may decrease as the fetus presses on the main vein that returns blood to the heart.
  • Swelling of the ankles, hands, and face may occur (called edema), as the mother continues to retain fluids.
  • Hair may begin to grow on a woman's arms, legs, and face due to increased hormone stimulation of hair follicles. Hair may also feel coarser.
  • Leg cramps may become more frequent.
  • Braxton-Hicks contractions (false labor) may begin to occur at irregular intervals in preparation for childbirth.
  • Stretch marks may appear on the abdomen, breast, thighs, and buttocks.
  • Colostrum (a fluid in the breasts that nourishes the baby until the breast milk becomes available) may begin to leak from the nipples.
  • Dry, itchy skin may persist, particularly on the abdomen, as the skin continues to grow and stretch.
  • A woman's libido (sexual drive) may decrease.
  • Skin pigmentation may become more apparent, especially dark patches of skin on the face.
  • Constipation, heartburn, and indigestion may continue.
  • Increased white-colored vaginal discharge (leukorrhea) which may contain more mucus.
  • Backaches may persist and increase in intensity.
  • Hemorrhoids may persist and increase in severity.
  • Varicose veins in the legs may persist and increase in severity.
 Not sure about all the affects stated above but will update accordingly! :)

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