Updated 21 November 2014

Week 28: 12 weeks to go!

You are now entering the third and final trimester!

Welcome to the third trimester! It is a time of extensive brain maturation, system rehearsal and transformation into a fully developed baby. For you, it may be a period of heartburn, leg cramps, haemorrhoids, itchy skins and indigestion. Don’t dispair – exciting times are ahead.

What is happening to your baby:

  • The eyes are formed – complete with eyelids and eyebrows.
  • The lungs can breathe oxygen.
  • Hair continues to grow.
  • Muscle tone improves.
  • Your baby starts to recognise your voice.
  • Posture straightens so that the internal organs can shift to their proper positions.
  • Baby may start to suck his/her thumb.

What is happening to you:

  • You may find that you leak urine when you sneeze. This is very common during pregnancy.
  • You may drop things and trip easily. This is normal because of loosening of the joints and water retention.

What to do:

  • Do Kegel exercises to strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor. This will reduce the likelihood of leaking urine and will also prepare your body for labour.
  • Talk to your baby because he/she can recognise your voice!
  • If you are working, you should start to think about maternity leave. 
  • Speak to your doctor about having a glucose tolerance test done.


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