Weeks 33-36 of your pregnancy is a good time to plan for some special needs and concerns that will be important after your baby is born. The following items will be necessary and/or convenient for the everyday care of your baby:
Your baby continues to grow and more fat is forming beneath the skin. This layer of fat is important as it allows the baby to maintain an adequate body temperature after birth. The lanugo hair is disappearing. The baby can hear outside noises through the wall of the uterus.
At around 28 weeks of pregnancy, your doctor/midwife may change your prenatal visit schedule to once every two weeks. This change allows them to monitor your progress and does not necessarily mean complications are expected.
As you enter your third trimester, the last phase of your pregnancy, physical intimacy with your partner and his feelings about your new baby may change dramatically. Some of these adjustments may have begun earlier in your pregnancy, but they reach a peak during the third trimester.
If you could see the baby floating in that warm, watery world, you might see a tiny thumb, complete with thumbnail, tucked inside a so-small mouth.
For approximately 7% of all pregnant women, high blood pressure or hypertension does become a problem. If your blood pressure is elevated, it can affect you and your baby's well-being. Some women enter pregnancy with higher than normal blood pressure readings.
As your pregnancy continues, it becomes more and more important for you and your partner to reduce and manage the old, the familiar and the new stresses in your lives. Read more!
It's never too soon to begin choosing a name for your baby. And what an enjoyable and thought provoking challenge it is!
During the last few months of pregnancy, earlier discomforts may become more noticeable or new ones may occur. This information may help you to be more comfortable, and sometimes safer, during this final phase of your pregnancy.
Varicose veins are a common occurrence of pregnancy, usually more noticeable in the third trimester, and they tend to become more pronounced with each pregnancy. You are more likely to develop varicose veins if other members of your family had them during their pregnancies.
If you have other children, deciding how and when to tell them a new family member is on the way can be a challenge. A good rule of thumb is to tailor the news according to the child's age. Here are some "pointers from parents" you may find helpful: