Pregnancy – the third trimester
This is the final stretch of pregnancy taking you from week 28 to week 40. This is when baby is going to grow a lot!
Why am I walking like a duck?
The ligaments in your hips and pelvic bones are starting to stretch as they prepare for childbirth. Sometimes you get sharp joint pains especially when getting up from a sitting position. You need to hang in there!
I think I have piles (haemorrhoids)
This is common in pregnancy and can be uncomfortable. If you do get piles do go and get suppositories from your clinic or doctor to ease the discomfort. They should disappear once baby is born.
What are Braxton-Hicks contractions?
These are very mild contractions. Your belly will tighten and harden and then relax after some moments. Your body is practicing for the day that you go into labour.
I keep getting heartburn. What is causing it?
Your uterus is growing and pushing your stomach upwards. This is why you are more prone to heartburn. Try to eat smaller meals and avoid lying down shortly after eating.
How often will I see my doctor or nurse clinician?
In the last trimester you will be seen more frequently than before especially in the last month of pregnancy. We need to make sure that your body is ready for labour and that baby is fine.
Which is the best mode of delivery?
Your doctor or nurse clinician will assess you and make a decision on whether you should go for a natural birth or for a C-section. There is no right or wrong. The most important thing is what is the most beneficial option for you and for baby. Whatever is chosen make sure you ask as many questions as you can. The more you know, the better prepared you shall be.
Breastfeeding or formula feeding?
Again this is a personal decision. South Africa is a breastfeeding country so we do encourage mothers to breastfeed. However everyone's situation is different. You may need to go back to school or work shortly after giving birth. Make the decision that works best for you and for baby. Whatever you do, remember that baby must get breast milk only OR formula only for six months. We do not give babies solids or water or anything else before six months of age. You run the risk of exposing baby to allergens if you do that. We also do not encourage you to use over-the-counter baby remedies such as gripe water. It is better to consult a doctor or nurse clinician if you have any concerns.
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