The Third Trimester

Your Life & Body
From the editors of AmericanBaby.com

Your fill-in pregnancy calendar is running out of room by the final trimester of pregnancy.You're in the home stretch! Your body's preparing to help your baby make its entrance: here's what to expect. If you haven’t already, it’s time to consult the top-ten baby names list!


Baby’s Due In…

…12 Weeks

Your uterus is a little more than 3 inches above your navel and your weight gain is probably somewhere between 17 and 24 pounds. By the end of this month, baby will fill the womb, so you may not feel movements as often.



…11 Weeks

Your uterus is now 3 1/2 to 4 inches above your navel, and you have probably gained between 19 and 25 pounds.

…10 Weeks

At this point your uterus is about 4 inches above your navel. Hormonal changes don't just affect your emotions; they also affect which foods you crave during pregnancy. Although it's okay to indulge your body's requests, don't go overboard. Be extra careful when it comes to fat, cholesterol, sugar, salt, alcohol, and caffeine. You may find yourself thrashing about at night trying to find a comfortable sleeping position.

…9 Weeks

Although your little one doesn't actually breathe yet, he does hiccup. Hiccups will feel like regular, rapid, jerky movements.

…8 Weeks

By now your uterus measures almost 5 inches above your navel. At 32 weeks, most doctors begin seeing a pregnant woman every two weeks.

…6 Weeks

Your uterus now measures about 5 1/2 inches above your navel. Although you should stay active up until childbirth, you may have to ease up on certain exercises as you get closer to the end of your pregnancy.

…5 Weeks

Baby is well developed now and the body looks almost like it will at birth, which is close at hand! In fact, baby could be born two weeks prior to your due date. You may have gained 25 (or more) pounds at this time in your pregnancy. Your uterus measures about 6 inches above your navel.

…4 Weeks

Baby may also have assumed the position taken for delivery. It won't be long now!

…2 Weeks

Even though your body may be experiencing several aches and pains, you really haven't gotten much larger over the last few weeks.

…1 Week

You're close to delivering and chances are your body has gained between 15 and 35 pounds. You’re probably wondering if every movement is a signifier that “it’s time,” but not to worry – it’ll happen soon enough!



Here's your chance to put your adorable baby on the cover of American Baby magazine!
•Preparing For Labor
•Maternity Bra Sizer
•Quiz: Am I About To Go Into Labor?
•Wondering About Fetal Development?
•Understanding Labor Support





Find your favorite baby names - and the meanings, origins and traits associated with them!






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