final weeks of pregnancy

Those final weeks of pregnancy

A woman can eat her heart out during the first two trimesters, but it is during the final weeks of pregnancy where she needs to start balancing things out and maintain a healthy diet. Here are some facts you need to know about the expecting mother and baby during those final weeks of pregnancy.

What exactly is the third trimester?

A pregnancy lasts a maximum of 40 weeks. These 40 weeks are divided into three trimesters. The third trimester refers to the period between 28 to 40 weeks. The final trimester is a time of exhilaration and anxiety for the soon to be mother. After all, she is about to complete her journey to motherhood!

The mother’s body during the final trimester

While this is an exciting time for the mother, the third trimester brings with it many physical pains, swellings and aches. Some of the problems expecting mothers will face include increase in movement of the baby, frequent urination, heartburns, tender breasts and difficulty sleeping.

What happens to the fetus?

During this time, the baby is in the final stage of growth. 32 weeks in, the bones get structured. Week 36: the baby should now be in a head-down position. But if not, the doctor may try to reposition the baby or even suggest undergoing a cesarean. During the final 37 weeks, the fetus develops fully and becomes ready for delivery.

The third trimester diet

With all the stresses and pains associated with the third trimester, we would like to help put your mind and body at ease. Here are some dieting tips to help you out.

  • Milk and dairy products are an excellent source of calcium. Calcium is used to build strong bones and teeth of the baby.
  • Fishes like Tuna and Salmon are good sources of DHA. DHA is important for fetal brain development.
  • Eggs are a rich source of Vitamin D,which is also necessary for bone development.
  • During the third trimester, iron is very important for both mother and child. Eating iron-rich foods such as spinach, legumes, red meat etc. are essential.
  • Foods such as lentils, beans, brussel sprouts are rich in folic acid. These are needed for neurological growth of the baby.