Top
20
Doctor insights on: The 3rd Trimester

Share
1

1
How is my baby developing in the 3rd trimester?

How is my baby developing in the 3rd trimester?

Growing and maturing: While the organ systems and body first form in the beginning of pregnancy, they continue to mature and grow until birth. Muscles are getting stronger, the brain continues to develop, and the baby is practicing breating and swallowing. One good site to track development is american baby magazine website. Lennart nilsson's book "a child is born" is an excellent reference you can buy. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
2

2
What can I take for a cold in my 3rd trimester?

What can I take for a cold in my 3rd trimester?

Cold in 3rd trimeste: Rest, fluid and small amount of tylenol (acetaminophen) ( less than 4 gm total a day) for fever. If not better in 5 days, or fever, shortness of breath, abdominal pains, signs of baby distress or early labor, consult your OB immediately. ...Read more

3

3
Why am I gaining so little weight in the 3rd trimester?

Why am I gaining so little weight in the 3rd trimester?

Focus on nutrition: Focus on nutrition instead of the scale. Most women will gain weight due to fluid retention but many gain too much from over eating. Are you eating a healthy diet and exercising daily? If so, the lack of weight gain is not important. Your baby appreciates your healthy lifestyle. A pregnant woman only needs about 300 calories more per day in the third trimester. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
4

4
Is measuring a week ahead in the 2nd and 3rd trimester normal? What causes that? Neither me or my fiance are very tall.

Is measuring a week ahead in the 2nd and 3rd trimester normal? What causes that? Neither me or my fiance are very tall.

Normal: This amount of difference in pregnancy measurements is entirely normal. In fact, it doesn't even indicate well the size your baby will be. Even ultrasound scan measurements can easily be off by two weeks on the measurements in later pregnancy. It sounds as if you are perfectly normal. Shorter women often measure a little bigger since they have less room to hide the baby in and thus appear bigger. ...Read more

5

5
Is it ok to fly in the 3rd trimester?

Is it ok to fly in the 3rd trimester?

Usually: I allow a pregnant woman to fly until 36 weeks. However if she is having any pregnancy complications such as high blood pressure or premature labor or the baby isn't growing well i strongly recommend against flying. If a woman flies late pregnancy wear support hose or move legs frequently to prevent leg swelling and risk of blood clots. ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
6

6
Is it possible to miscarry in the 3rd trimester?

Is it possible to miscarry in the 3rd trimester?

No: Sort of, but it wouldn't be called a miscarriage. If a fetus were to die in third trimester it would be an intrauterine fetal demise. If it were to deliver alive it would be preterm labor. Miscarriage technically refers to delivery of a fetus prior to 20 weeks. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
8

8
What are comfortable sexual positions in the 3rd trimester?

What are comfortable sexual positions in the 3rd trimester?

Be creative: It varies with each expectant mother, but any position that reduces the depth of penetration will be more comfortable. Many find that front to front laying on the side is comfortable, in addition to rear penetration laying on the side. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
9

9
What does it mean in ur 3rd trimester with lower backpains?

What does it mean in ur 3rd trimester with lower backpains?

Lightening: As you near the end of pregnancy, the fetus and uterus begin to drop into the pelvis. That frequently results in back, hip, pelvic, and vaginal pain and pressure. ...Read more

10

10
Is it too late to have an amniocentesis in the 3rd trimester?

Is it too late to have an amniocentesis in the 3rd trimester?

No: It is easier to do amnio in the third trimester when amniotic fluid is abundant. Uses of third trimester amnio include testing fetal maturity (surfactant, other levels) to time delivery when there are complications (e.g., maternal pre-eclampsia). Use for genetic testing may allow preparation for a severe disorder (e.g., fetal trisomy 18) without options for pregnancy termination. ...Read more

11

11
Is it actually unsafe to travel by plane in the 3rd trimester?

Is it actually unsafe to travel by plane in the 3rd trimester?

No: Air travel is not risky for mother or her fetus. However, restrictions are in place to limit the possibility of an unplanned delivery on the plane. Check with your airline regarding the rules. Typically domestic flights <36 weeks; international < 32-35 weeks. You will need documentation from your doctor about your due date. Ask for a wand/pat down to avoid accidental radiation at tsa screening. ...Read more

12

12
Terrible stress in 3rd trimester, how terrible can it affect my baby?

Terrible stress in 3rd trimester, how terrible can it affect my baby?

Not too bad: Stressful feelings are a normal part of pregnancy. They generally should not harm the baby unless you are practicing any unsafe habits to deal with the stress like smoking, drinking or taking drugs/medications that are not cleared by your obstetrician. If the stress becomes severe, talk to your doctor for safe ways to help. Wishing you and your new baby well. ...Read more

14

14
Is it safe to take baths in the 3rd trimester?

Is it safe to take baths in the 3rd trimester?

Of course....: Sounds like a great way to relax. I'd take advantage of the opportunity now, as similar escapes with a small child, or a toddler, or a school age child, or a pre-teen, or a teenager will be few and far between, and in each case for different reasons. Enjoy this while you can, then enjoy all the joys of parenting to come. Congratulations and cheers to you.... ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
15

15
Is it normal to get piles in the 3rd trimester?

Is it normal to get piles in the 3rd trimester?

Common: During the third trimester, women have increased urinary frequency due in part from pressure of the uterus/baby on the bladder. While they are trying to get the last minute tasks accomplished, this is "inconvenient" and many deal with this by cutting back on their fluid intake. Frequent urination is much less inconvenient than constipation and hemorrhoidal flares, drink more fluids! ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
16

16
Is white discharge normal in the 3rd trimester?

Is white discharge normal in the 3rd trimester?

Yes: Vaginal discharge changes in the 3rd trimester. It can get thick and white or thin and watery. White discharge is usually normal, however, if it is clumpy or accompanied by itching, pain, or a fishy odor it may be a sign of a yeast or bacterial infection. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
17

17
Is it normal to have cramps in the 3rd trimester?

Is it normal to have cramps in the 3rd trimester?

Yes: There are 3 common causes of cramps in the 3rd trimester. Round ligament pain is pain in the structures supporting the uterus, often in the groin. Braxton-hicks contractions are "practice" contractions, when the uterus tightens or cramps periodically but they aren't regular. Labor can also cause cramping contractions every 3-5 minutes that don't go away with rest and hydration. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
18

18
Is it normal to feel like I am breathing fast in the 3rd trimester?

Is it normal to feel like I am breathing fast in the 3rd trimester?

Depends: As the baby grows, it presses up on the lungs and certain muscles in the ribs relax and you may feel like you are taking shallower breaths more often. But if this happens suddenly or you feel like you are really struggling, you need to see someone right away. Blood clots in the lungs are also more common in pregnancy and can be very serious. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
19

19
Is it normal to have brown discharge during the early 3rd trimester?

Is it normal to have brown discharge during the early 3rd trimester?

Not normal: Please call your OB as you may have a vaginal infection, but u need to make sure your cervix is not starting to open or nothing bad is going on with the placenta your OB can do an exam and an ultrasound and vaginal cultures. ...Read more

20

20
Why am i so tired during my 3rd trimester & suffering from fibromyalgia?

Why am i so tired during my 3rd trimester & suffering from fibromyalgia?

Pregnancy and fibrom: Pregnancy is associated with many body changes and can be responsible. That will be cured with delivery. However, you should not have to suffer with the fibromyalgia. There are excellent local or non-medicinal treatments that can be very helpful. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer