The third trimester. The home stretch. The final countdown. Can you believe you’re this close to meeting your baby, mama? During the third trimester of pregnancy, you may feel like you’re slowing down a bit—but that’s because your baby is working hard at packing on the weight and getting ready for their big debut.
You probably have labor and delivery on your mind, too. At this point, exactly how that will all play out can feel like a big question mark. Still, taking this chance to prepare will help you feel confident when that big moment arrives. With bite-sized classes specially created for this moment in your pregnancy, you can get the support you need without getting caught up in too many details.
Here’s what you need to know about pregnancy classes to support you and your baby during the third trimester:
What should I expect during the third trimester of pregnancy?
During the third trimester, your baby is rapidly gaining weight, practicing breathing and getting ready for birth. As you approach your due date, most babies turn head down for labor and you won’t experience the sensation of as many “kicks and flips” due to them running low on space. Just like your baby’s activity slows, you may feel less energetic as the weeks go by—other than perhaps feeling an urge to “nest” or prepare your home for your baby’s arrival.
Heartburn, insomnia and back aches are also common. However, if you notice a sudden change with your body—including swollen feet or a serious headache—contact your healthcare provider right away.
By now, you should be familiar and comfortable with your provider who you may see every other week and then every week as you get close to your due date. In addition to checking on your baby and your health during these visits, a birth plan should also be a topic of conversation. With the tools, explanations and resources, Motherly’s digital Third Trimester classes are designed to help you feel empowered as you get closer and closer to *birth day.*
What should I learn about during the third trimester of pregnancy?
- Common physical symptoms during the third trimester
As you close in on giving birth, your body is gearing up for the task ahead. That can look (and feel) like some major and occasionally uncomfortable changes. In Motherly’s Your Body in the Third Trimester Class, Pediatric Nurse and Certified Doula Diana Spalding covers what to know about changes to your body and upcoming doctors appointments.
- What to know about Group B Strep
Between weeks 35 and 37 of pregnancy, your health care provider will likely perform a Group B Strep (GBS) test by swapping your vagina and rectum. GBS is a commonly found bacteria that is harmless to you, but can be serious for a baby if it is passed to them during delivery. The good news is that this hazard can be effectively avoided with antibiotics during labor.
- What to know about pregnancy sex
As your body changes through pregnancy, there can be some new questions and concerns about intimacy. Although every person and every couple’s experiences will vary during pregnancy, this can be a very sensuous time. In Motherly’s Sex + Relationships During Pregnancy Class, you will get insight and support for your love life.
- What is coming next
As you look toward the home stretch, it’s time to start thinking about your birth plan. Part of that is considering common possibilities, such as a cesarean birth. And then, of course, there is what comes after birth: the postpartum phase! With Motherly’s Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum Bundle, you’ll get 28 lessons to help with this profound life transition.
What should I know about online pregnancy classes from Motherly?
The classes are self-paced
When you purchase a digital class from Motherly, it’s yours to watch, pause, rewind and rewatch as many times as you want. By having the freedom to use these classes on your own terms and own time, you can maximize what you learn—and feel more empowered in the process.
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