The third trimester of pregnancy is perhaps the most tiring yet the most anticipated activity in the life of mothers-to-be. During this final phase, the abdomen grows larger, mother gains significant amount of weight and fetus develops rapidly. Hence, everything in these period progresses by leaps and bounds. This article points out the major maternal changes and baby’s development in the last trimester of pregnancy.
Maternal Physical Changes
Fetal Growth and Development
During third trimester of pregnancy, the baby is almost fully developed. The baby grows about 36 centimeters and weighs up to 5 pounds at the end of the period. The table describes the week-by-week fetal growth and development that occurs between 7 and 9 months of pregnancy.
5 Do’s and Don’ts
The following are the things mothers should do and avoid during third trimester of pregnancy.