Pregnancy: Your Third Trimester


You're in the last three months of your pregnancy. We call this the "third trimester." Your baby is growing rapidly, and your body is getting ready for childbirth. Here are some things you may experience.

Your body

During your third trimester, you may be physically uncomfortable. You may have things like backaches and shortness of breath. Because the baby is pressing on your bladder, you may need to pee very often. You may start to notice small red or purple veins in your skin. Veins in your legs may swell. You may have hemorrhoids. And you may feel contractions in your abdomen.

Your mind

You'll also be dealing with the emotional stress of your child's birth. You may have some anxiety about the future. This is normal. Childbirth classes can help you cope with some of these feelings. It also helps to read books and talk to other mothers during this time. If you have severe anxiety or other emotional issues, tell your doctor.


Expect frequent medical checkups during your third trimester. You'll also need to make important decisions about where and how you'll give birth. Be sure you ask your doctor any questions about childbirth now so you'll have all the information you need when the time comes. The more you know, the easier your experience will be.