You’ve made it… welcome to your third trimester, at the end of this you will finally get to meet your baby – you’ve got this mum, not long to go now!!! Baby Your baby is about 37.6 cm, similar to a 100 pack of new born nappies, something you will need to stock up on soon, and weighs about 1kg, the same as a bag of sugar.
Baby’s heart rate is slowing a little now compared to its peak of 170bpm during the first trimester, it is now about 140bpm, which is still faster than yours at approx. 80-85bpm. The reason baby’s heart beats so fast is that their heart is still small that the only way to pump blood around is by going at a faster pace.
If TOH is lucky they may be able to hear baby’s heartbeat if they position their ear in just the right place on your bump, but it can be quite tricky to find. Mum You should have another appointment with your midwife this week mum to check your blood pressure and urine test for proteins, also if you had any screening tests at your last appointment you will discuss the results.
You may find your energy starts to reduce again as baby grows over the next few weeks. You may suffer a little from back pain as the extra weight puts pressure on your lower back.
Exercise is still important at this stage to keep your muscles strong but also remember to put your feet up occasionally, too.
If you have any concerns, then do speak to your midwife.
This article has been written using the latest guidance and information from trusted sources, primarily the NHS. This information should not replace the advice from professional medical advice.