Maternal Changes (Month 7)

Maternal Changes (Month 7)

I would like to welcome you to the third trimester. Congratulations! It will happen soon enough and you will be rewarded with the most beautiful creature. One of the most important symptoms that could arise from mothers who are in this trimester is the lack of sleep. Sleep is important and if you end up waking up in the middle of the night, do something soothing to make you relax and get back into your dreamworld. This lack of sleep can be triggered by your hormones or anxiety, who knows? Other symptoms that you might be experiencing up to this point would be:

  • Braxton Hicks contractions: These are practice round of contractions. Basically, your body is trying to prepare itself to deliver the baby. It can be much stronger, noticeable and painful as you are approaching the date of delivery. Try to switch position. If the contraction does not stop with positional changing, getting more frequent and regular, get yourself to the hospital.
  • Leaky breast: Yellowish substance would start to leak from your breast. This is called colostrum. Don’t be alarmed by them.
  • Shortness of breath: Just like what happened up to this point, your enlarged uterus will continue to make it harder for your diaphragm to function normally. It would be difficult for you to breath but don’t panic. Take it slow and give yourself some rest first. 
  • Pains and aches: This can either be caused by hormonal fluctuation or the pregnancy itself. You have been enduring this difficult experience for 7 months. Try to get a prenatal massage, go for a swim, do some yoga or wear a maternity support belt if you like to walk a lot. 

Pregnant belly

This time, your fundal height should be in between 26 to 30 cm which is appropriate to the weeks you are currently in. You should start counting your baby’s kick and ensure that it amounts to 10 for every 12 hours. If the value is less or inconsistent, consult your doctor about it.

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