For mom

Third trimester symptoms to expect

As you enter pregnancy week 30, do take note of the following symptoms that you may experience this trimester:

  1. Leg swelling
  2. Leg cramps
  3. Breathlessness
  4. Frequent urination
  5. Heartburn
  6. Hand numbness
  7. Haemorrhoids
  8. Varicose veins

You should be no stranger to most of the symptoms listed here. During this trimester, leg cramping and frequent urination tend to affect you more compared to previous weeks. Only some of them such as haemorrhoids, varicose veins and hand numbness would be new to you. However, not all expecting mothers experience these symptoms!

Why do you get haemorrhoids and varicose veins during pregnancy?

Haemorrhoids and varicose veins are usually the result of the enlarging uterus compressing blood vessels in the body, causing them to enlarge. They tend to disappear after delivery but if they cause you distress, topical medications or suppositories prescribed by your doctor would be an easy fix.

Why do you get hand numbness during pregnancy?

Some pregnant women tend to "retain water". When restricted compartments in the body such as the wrist area are affected, tingling, burning pain or a dull ache tends to occur.

For baby

At pregnancy week 30, your baby is running out of space in your womb. Almost all spare room in your uterus will soon be filled.

In these final 2 months your baby will gain the most weight, putting on an average of 200g per week. At full term, an average Singaporean baby typically weighs between 2.5kg and 3.5kg.

The fine hairs on your baby's body called lanugo are beginning to disappear.

Ref: L20

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