Everything you need to know about your Third Trimester

After passing through the first and second trimester stages, you would now like to know what to expect in the third trimester. You might feel that your belly can’t get any bigger but it will get bigger all through your third trimester. So, here is all that you need to know about your third trimester.

The third trimester of your pregnancy is from week 28 to week 40, which is usually 7-9 months. The feelings during this trimester tends to vary from nervousness to excitement about the baby coming.

Here is a week by week guide to your third trimester pregnancy.

Week Twenty Eight

By this week, your baby weighs nearly over 1 kilogram. At about this time, your baby can open his/ her eyes and turn his head. His fat layers are forming and his new shiny fingernails appear. At this stage, you will be nervous and excited about the baby. Start selecting possible baby names and begin planning the baby’s arrival!

Week Twenty Nine

Your baby’s head is getting bigger, and brain growth is very rapid at this time. Nearly all babies react to sound by the 30th week. During this time, your baby needs the maximum amount of nutrients and so you need to eat a large amount of protein, Vitamin C and calcium. In this week, the baby’s skeleton hardens even more and the brain, muscles, and lungs continue to mature.

Week Thirty

While your baby may soon slow up growing, but only in length. He/she will continue to gain weight until he or she is born. In this week, your baby continues to open and shut his eyes. As you and the baby continue to grow, don’t be worried if you feel breathless. This is because, as the baby is growing your uterus is pressing against your diaphragm.

Week Thirty One

You may notice lesser moments of your baby in your tummy. The baby is growing and does not have enough space to move. You’ve probably gained about 2 kilograms this month. Gaining weight is normal during this time.


Week Thirty Two

Your little one’s lungs won’t be fully developed until just before birth. The baby when awake will be practising all necessary skills like breathing, kicking and sucking. Some babies have a crown of hair already, others have only a few wisps. In this week, your body begins to start prepping for delivery by flexing its muscles. If you feel your uterus bunching or hardening periodically, those are Braxton Hicks contractions. These are like a pre-labor rehearsal before the real moment.

Week Thirty Three

Your baby should already be getting ready for delivery by turning upside-down i.e. his head should be pointing down for a normal delivery.  Your doctor will be paying careful attention to your baby’s position in the coming weeks. Keep visiting your doctor regularly.

Week Thirty Four

Your baby is getting rounder as she/he will need the fat layers later to regulate the body temperature. If you don’t already talk to your baby, this is a good time to start. If you’ve been nervous about going into premature labour, you’ll be happy to know that most babies born at week 34- 35 and can survive outside the womb.

Week Thirty Five

By this week the wall of your uterus and your abdomen stretch thinner and let in more light for your baby.  Also, your baby will begin to develop daily activity cycles. This week, your little one is now sporting fingernails and has a fully developed pair of kidneys.

Week Thirty Six

You may begin to feel an increased pressure in your lower abdomen and notice that your baby is gradually dropping. This is called lightening or engagement, and your lungs and stomach will finally get a chance to stretch out a little.

Week Thirty Seven

By this week, many babies now have a full head of hair, with locks around one inch long. But don’t be surprised if his or her hair isn’t the same colour as yours.

Week Thirty Eight

Babies at week 38 weigh about 3 Kgs and continue to build the fat stores that will help regulate body temperature after birth. Your little one’s organ systems are fully developed and in place, but the lungs will be last to reach maturity.

Week Thirty Nine

Your baby has reached full term this week and is waiting to greet the world! If your water breaks, call your healthcare provider immediately.



Here are a few common experiences that you go through during your third trimester:

  1. Craving or eating too often

With your trimester going on, you would be gaining weight. Sometimes while eating you may even feel full as your uterus is pressing your stomach. Here are some of the interesting cravings pregnant women have during their pregnancy.


2. Keep moving

As long as you’re not at risk for delivering a preterm baby, exercise is safe in the third trimester. But if you’re used to doing exercise, discuss with your doctor whether you should continue your routine.


3. Rest up

Feeling uncomfortable and going to the bathroom a lot at night can leave you tired. Use a body pillow when sleeping and limit your liquid and food intake after 6 p.m. To combat fatigue during the day, take a five-minute break every hour. Sit back, relax, do deep-breathing exercises or take a walk to rejuvenate yourself.


4. Anxiety

All pregnant women are nervous about how they are going to handle motherhood especially if they are expecting their first child. Babycell has an initiative “Mummy Ki Paathshaala” where they teach women about the journey towards motherhood

5. Planning the future

All to-be-parents, plan their baby’s future well in advance. They plan their child’s school, clothes, food, etc. Some parents also bank their baby’s stem cells with private banks. Babycell is one of leading stem cell banks in India –

Hope this helps you through the final leg of your pregnancy!


Everything you need to know about your second Trimester

When you are in your second trimester, it will be around your 13-14th week of your pregnancy. All the troubling symptoms like fatigue and morning sickness come to a halt and your mood also lightens up. You will feel healthier, energetic and all the small kicks start around this time. It is the most awaited trimester for all to-be-moms with lush hair and the facial glow!
The Second Trimester:-
The second trimester of your pregnancy is from week 13 to week 28, roughly the fourth, fifth and sixth month of your pregnancy. This is the fun and smooth period of your pregnancy and you will be more relaxed. As you go through the second trimester, you’ll gradually see your ‘bump’ grow and also feel your baby moving.

Week fourteen
You will feel an upswing in your mood and feel fully energized. Working out is important during this time. Your baby is about 4 inches long. All the tiny organs, nerves, and muscles start functioning. The intestines, kidney, and pancreas function fully.

Week fifteen
You’re probably still feeling pretty great, but keep an eye out for changes in your appearance. The baby’s nose, lips and taste buds are formed. The head is covered by a fine, soft hair.

Week sixteen
Around this time you will feel the baby’s movements! You may also feel the child pulling and grabbing the umbilical cord. The circulatory system and urinary tract are fully working, and he’s inhaling and exhaling amniotic fluid through his lungs.

Week seventeen
If you keep a stethoscope on your tummy you will be able to hear the heartbeat of your baby. This also helps many pregnant women feel comforting and relax. Your growing uterus has shifted. It is advisable to wear low heeled shoe around this time.



Week eighteen

Your baby is fully active and using your tummy as a personal gym. He/She is able to grip on to things by this time. If you are expecting a girl, she will already be developing eggs in her ovaries.

Week nineteen

You are halfway through your pregnancy! The fetus measures around 6 inches by this time. The 5 sense organs also develop – taste, smell, hearing, sight and touch. The child’s skin is now losing its translucent look and beginning to develop pigment which will determine their skin tone.

Week twenty 

The baby is swallowing more this week, which is a good thing as it helps in digestion. You may want to find some good childbirth education classes. Babycell has an incentive – Mummy Ki Paathshaala – http://www.babycell.in/mummy-ki-paathshaala.php

Week twenty – one

The fetus now weighs about 360 grams. The eyebrows and eyelids are fully developed and the fingernails cover the fingertips. By this time the baby can hear everything. This is a good time to read or sing to your baby. Here are some smoothing tips for your baby  -

Week twenty – two

The baby now is about 27 centimeters long from crown to heel. You may feel that the baby is gaining weight every now and then but the child still appears wrinkled. You have gained weight too. Your food intake also increases.

Week twenty – three

Your child is able to hear properly.  He/ she is able to identify your voice. The child can now hear your heartbeat and your stomach rumbling too. You may be moody and clumsy during this time. You may even have bleeding gums while you brush, but there is nothing to worry about.

Week twenty – four

By this time the child’s brain is growing rapidly. You may be noticing faint, red or brown streaks known as stretch marks on your abdomen and hips. Also, at this point, you may feel your eyes are dry. Use some mild eye drops.

Week twenty – five

This week the baby is more responsive to touch. It is important to get all your tests done as gestational diabetes is detected around this time. Cramps are common during this time.

Week twenty – seven

You baby begins to open up now and response to every sound. Since your baby is growing fast now, the brain development is also intense at this point. You should start eating healthy and consume food with more nutrients. Have a well-balanced diet.



Here are a few common experiences that you go through during your second trimester:

  1. An end to all the troubling symptoms

The 2nd trimester is said to be the most comfortable trimester. Most of the pregnant women love this period. Since it is a big relief from all the aches and morning sickness. It is recommend time for to-be-parents to plan their Babymoon.

  1. Increase in appetite

In the first trimester, you are busy dealing with nausea and food aversions, but in the second trimester all the cravings kick in. As the baby’s growth is rapid during this time, you need to start eating for two and not one. The right amount of nutrients have to be taken and you should have a balanced diet.


  1. Your baby can listen to what you say

There are a lot of development in your second trimester, one of which the biggest is your baby is able to listen to all your conversations! The baby can hear your heartbeat, your stomach rumbling and even what you say! By the end of the 2nd trimester, the baby will be able to identify your voice

13454.    The baby starts kicking

This is one of the most exciting feeling for any to-be-mother! You baby’s first kick!

You may feel like the baby is playing karate inside your stomach. The baby is also able to grip onto things as the muscles become strong. Sometimes the baby will even grips on to the umbilical cord.


  1. Changes in your skin tone

As your baby bump begins to grow, there are also changes in your skin tone.  Stretch marks are formed during this time. There are some home remedies that help you slow tone down your stretch marks! That strange dark line that runs all through your belly is called the linea nigra (but don’t worry, it will disappear post-delivery).

It’s advisable to know everything about your body, your baby and the big changes ahead in your life in your journey to becoming a mommy.

Everything you need to know about your first Trimester

Having a baby is one of the most joyous phase of a woman’s life. But no matter how well you plan for your baby’s arrival, you may not be fully prepared for all of the changes in your body. With some healthy advice, nothing would come to you as a surprise.

Here are a few things that you need to know about your first trimester that will ensure a smooth and sound journey.

The First Trimester:-

The first trimester of pregnancy is a roller coaster of physical, emotional, and hormonal changes that may make you feel like you have little or no control over your body. The first trimester starts from the 1st week of your pregnancy to the 12th or the 13th week. It is important to figure out your current week and calculate your due date accordingly.

Week one & two:

We count the first two weeks as the gestational period. Week one begins with the first day of your menstrual period. So at this point you are not carrying the baby yet.

Week three:

At this point, the miracle of life begins. Although many sperms may enter the outer layer, only one will reach the ovum and fertilise. Around this time the baby’s gender is also determined.

Week four:

This is when your test results will appear positive: You’re pregnant! You may feel bloated and moody. All your early symptoms start kicking in. Morning sickness will also start around the same time.

Week five:

By this time your baby’s heart is formed and divided into four chambers. Soon this heart will start pumping blood. Your baby is about a centimetre long and the development of major organs like liver and kidney begins during this time. You may start feeling fatigue during this time and you will also have the urge to pee frequently.

Week six:

By this time, your baby’s face is taking shape. Now the baby starts to grow a nose, eyes, ears, cheeks and chin. Sometimes the baby is even growing tiny hands and legs. Mood swings and tiredness take a toll over your body. Morning sickness becomes worse.



Week seven:

The baby has started producing about one hundred new brain cells by this week. With the development of brain cells, the heart has become more complex. All the joints in the arms and legs of the baby are forming.  Along with morning sickness and fatigue, food aversions will also start affecting you. All these symptoms will last till your first trimester comes to an end. @thebump.com

Week eight:

By the eighth week the baby’s toes and fingers have slightly webbed. The baby starts moving his hands and legs too (But you can’t feel it). Your baby’s taste buds are now forming too. Besides other symptoms, early pregnancy cramps also start. Your tummy starts expanding, you may experience heart burn and bloating.

Week nine:

By this time the baby becomes a fetus from an embryo. The heartbeat of the baby becomes stronger and there are distinct facial features. You will be really moody during this phase and have gained a kg or two as well.



Week ten:

In the tenth week, the baby has working arms and joints and his bones also start forming. All the vital organs start to function. Hair and nails start to grow by this time. The baby starts swallowing and kicking in there. The baby starts putting pressure on your organs, veins, muscles. You may feel really tired as the body is using all the energy to help the baby grow.

Week eleven:

You may not be able to feel it but the baby is moving comfortably.  It develops some skin and starts looking more like a baby. Tooth buds and hair follicles start growing.  You should try doing some exercise and relax your body during this phase.

Week twelve: 

In your 12th week, most of baby’s features are fully formed. The baby enters the growth phase. All organs and tissue start developing rapidly.

Here are few common experiences that you go through during your first trimester:

  1. Weight Gain and loss

During the first few weeks, your baby is very small. This means you will gain around 1-2 kgs. Sometimes, you could lose some weight due to morning sickness and a loss of appetite. In order to maintain a healthy weight, you should focus on maintaining a balanced diet and eat frequent meals.


2. Fatigue

Feeling weak and tired is common symptom of your first trimester. Your metabolic rate during this time is way above normal. You could experience tremendous mood swings and hormonal changes during this period. Eating proper meals, consulting your doctor and taking multivitamins will help you overcome this feeling.



3. Doctor Visits :

It’s always better to visit a gynaecologist before you plan your baby to ensure a healthy pregnancy and avoid complications. But once it’s confirmed that you are pregnant, it’s a must to see your doctor every week. This enables you to keep a check on you and your baby. There are also a few tests that need to be done in your first trimester. It is significant to ask your doctor about them and get them done in time.


4. Food Aversions or Cravings

Food aversions are something that’s natural during your first trimester. During this time your digestion system slows down, resulting in a sense of repulsion toward food items that you once loved.

Cravings are the flip side of aversions. Although the cause is unknown, they may simply be your body’s way of telling you to eat what you can stand. It is advisable to check how healthy the food item that you are craving is, for before consuming it.

5. Morning Sickness

Nausea is typically an early warning sign of pregnancy. It may occur all through your first trimester, however the first few weeks are the most difficult. In this case consulting your doctor and asking them to prescribe you vitamins will provide some relief.





  1. Heartburn

You might experience severe heartburn, especially during your first trimester. Heartburn, basically is a burning sensation in the oesophagus caused by stomach reflux. To avoid it, you can try eating frequent, smaller meals throughout the day. Avoid lying down immediately after eating something. Avoid eating food items that are spicy or greasy.

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