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5000 Higbee Ave NW
Canton, OH 44718

In Case Of An Emergency

If you develop a medical emergency, call 330-493-0313. Immediate arrangements will be made for you to be seen. Always call our office before going to the hospital.

The Third Trimester – Your Baby

28 Weeks

  • Breathing movements begin
  • Small amount of fat under the skin develops
  • 14-17” in length
  • Weighs 202.5 lbs.

32 Weeks

  • Skull bones are soft and flexible to accommodate movement through pelvis
  • Stores vitamins and minerals in liver-especially iron
  • Moves energetically
  • 16.5” to 18.5” in length

36 Weeks

  • Stores immunities from mother
  • Fat under skin develops to help maintain temperature after birth
  • Skin wrinkles disappears
  • May begin to descend into pelvis
  • May be less active due to lack of room for moving about
  • 19” in length
  • Weighs 5-6 lbs

38-40 Weeks

  • Head grows large compared to body
  • Fat develops on body
  • Lungs ready to breathe air
  • Loses much of downy hair
  • Fingernails grow beyond fingertips
  • 20” in length
  • Weighs 7 lbs

The Third Trimester – Your Body

Uterus

The uterus continues to grow. The cervix becomes softer and may begin to efface (thin out) and dilate (open up). Braxton-Hicks, or false labor contractions, often become stronger. Round ligament pains are sharp with pulling sensations down either side of the uterus. This may happen as the uterus grows.

Vagina

Vaginal secretions increase, preparing the birth canal for delivery.

Digestion

The uterus is pressing on the stomach and may cause heartburn.

Breathing

The woman may notice shortness of breath, as the growing baby puts pressure on the diaphragm.

Circulation

Varicose veins may develop in the legs, the perineum or the rectum (hemorrhoids). Wearing support hose is helpful.

Urination

Urination becomes more frequent, especially after the baby moves further into the pelvis.

Fatigue

Many women feel tired and have trouble sleeping, because they find it difficult to get comfortable and fall asleep.

Emotional Changes

A woman becomes very focused on her labor and birth and involved in preparing for the baby. She many feel very large and unattractive. A woman’s self-esteem very often is at a low. Time may seem to go by slowly waiting for her due date.

A partner can help by reassuring the pregnant woman about her appearance and helping her feel confident about her abilities. Try to spend time together, talking, planning or going on a date.

To a great extent a woman’s birth experience is influenced by her attitude.

Your opinion

We welcome your comments and suggestions at any time. We will be glad to answer any questions.

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