What to Expect: The Third Trimester

It’s no surprise that every pregnancy is different. While morning sickness to weight gain can fluctuate from baby to baby, there are some conditions that every woman will experience throughout her pregnancies. Now that I’m in the homestretch with my little girl, the more pesky inconveniences are cropping up. Unlike the second trimester where you have a stunning glow and often more energy, the third trimester can have you aching to have the baby out (both in pain and excitement). I have just a few more weeks (seriously can’t wait!!) and these are some of the third trimester staples you’ll likely experience as well.

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Baby Movement

During your third trimester a baby becomes very active. My baby girl has been moving and shaking a ton, reminding me she’s ready to enter the world. I’m thrilled, but those movements can sometimes cause discomfort. Unfortunately this is one of the things you just have to work through and embrace that you can feel your healthy babe wiggling around. When you can alleviate the aches and pains you are experiencing (which I talk more about below) it will make these pokes and prods less distracting. 

Shortness of Breath

Throughout your pregnancy your uterus continues to expand. As you reach the end, it has expanded quite a bit and begins to push on your diaphragm causing less air to get into your lungs. Taking it slow and actively thinking about your breathing can help. This is a great opportunity to get into mindfulness and meditation. Bedtime becomes the real struggle though. You may have never thought that you can sleep comfortably sitting propped up, but trust me, it will make a world of difference. You can lay on your side, but sitting slightly up removes pressure from your diaphragm and supports your stomach.

Frequent Backaches

Similar to your first trimester your baby grows the most during your last trimester. Carrying this new weight can cause back pains, so it’s important to take care of yourself from your head to your toes to minimize the occurrences and feeling of these pains. Supportive shoes are key. If I still want to dress up, at this stage I opt for a cute pair of oxfords–they’re stylish, come in unique designs and colors and the right pair have a wonderfully supportive sole. Don’t forget to pamper yourself too. Using a diluted essential oil like geranium or lavender on the achy spot will ease pain and is a great segue into a gentle massage, which you so deserve. 

Labor Signs

By week 39 you can start experiencing a range of labor signs. You can have feelings of nausea or experience Braxton Hicks contractions (mild contractions that are warming your uterus up for delivery). Nausea can also be a sign of heartburn so don’t get too panicked if you’re experiencing that and no other symptom, but combined with contractions or less attractive signs like more discharge or fluid from the nipples can also mean baby is ready. The best thing to do is pay attention to everything you’re experiencing and if symptoms seem extreme, contact your doctor. 

I know this can all sound not so glamorous, but don’t forget you’re creating life and being pregnant is a beautiful thing. Pregnancy really attunes you to your body. For me, being a mother and going through pregnancy has forced me to be more present and conscious of what I put into my body and how I treat it–something that will continue long after baby is born. 

Xx,
Tamera

  • Yalixa Rodriguez

    Blessings to you Tamera! My little girl is now 3 months old and Im so in love with her and with being a mom. Best feeling and best job ever. Can’t wait to ‘meet’ your little beauty via pics once she arrives. Wish you all the best!

  • Raynisia Nagel

    You are so encouraging Tamera! Thank you for sharing your journey with us! <3

  • Candace B R

    I am a mommy of 3, but just getting ready to enter month 3 with our fourth child. I remember feeling lots if extra kicks and flips w/each one…as uncomfortable as those moments may have been, those were what I treasured most! That let me know my babies were healthy!

  • Fanchon

    I’m praying nothing but the best for you and your family! Even though I’m not pregnant it’s exciting to watch you go through your journey. Be blessed!

  • Fanchon

    I’m praying nothing but the best for you and your family! Even though I’m not pregnant it’s exciting to watch you go through your journey. Be blessed!

  • Regina Miller

    Good luck the good Lord got you

  • Raimi Young

    Less than 30 days to go with my second son! So excited and happy! Trying to hold on to these pregnancy moments. Best of luck to you Tamera! You are such an uplifting person. Blessing in all you do!

  • Mary Martin

    Congratulations and much blessings.

  • Anita

    God bless you Tamera! I pray the best for you and your new baby. I’m waiting excitedly for her birth. I’m not sure if you shared her name, I’m guessing it’s going to start with the letter “A”, because in her nursery ceiling light are the letters A in circled. Looking forward to the beginning of July. Happy delivery!

  • Ayanda Crispin

    These last few weeks are without a doubt kicking my butt. I can not wait for July so me and my hubby can finally meet our baby girl. This is our 1st child so its good to know other people are going through the same pains and experiences.

  • tiffany

    I love you tamera. I watched u on the real during my pregnancy and when i found out you were pregnant as well i was soooo excited! Lol i feel like i know u. I gave birth 4 months ago to my first child. My son. And its been amazing ever since. From natural hair to just being a kind hearted person you have influenced me. Thank you for being you!

  • Katty Rudinskiy

    goood luck Tamera ~!

  • I pray that you have a successful pregnancy. You’re a terrific mother, and you will continue to be so.

  • Perni G.

    16 weeks in and I am very uncomfotable… though my friends say I “ain’t felt nothin’ yet!” I hope I am as positive as you are in the last trimester! Thanks for sharing. :-)er

  • Awongiwe Nkata

    i love you so much x
    I love red velvet cake too
    thanks for being so amazing
    Stay Blessed

  • Marlene

    Wishing a blessed and safe delivery for you and your baby. May God bless you both and your beautiful family!!!

  • Azaria

    Thank you tamera for sharing your journey with us and God Bless you with a safe delivery with your baby girl. Xx, Azaria Ro’chelle Harris

  • Thanks for the info Tamera! I’m in my 2nd trimester. God bless you and your baby girl

  • Stanyeka Burkhalter

    Every pregnancy is definitely different. But you’re right those aches and pains are very discomforting and so is the nausea and vomiting.. I’m ready for this to be over with but very excited.. 9days left.. I meet my son. Thanks for the encouragement and best of luck with your baby girl.

  • Jennifer Linville

    Thanks for sharing I know exactly what you mean I only have a few weeks left as well I’m due July 8 with my 2nd baby girl. All those pains and aches are so worth it I’m so excited to meet baby girl my first daughter is 16 so we are so ready for another little princess in the house. My challenge is going to be my 2 yr old he is such a mommys boy I hope he adjust well. Best of wishes to you and your family

  • Cheshire Lizzy

    Hello Tamera. It has been lovely reading your blog. (Here goes an echo from all your posts:) I had watched you on Sister, Sister and really enjoyed it — mostly because I am Eurafrican, too, and loved seeing us represented beautifully. Hmmm, now I am now wondering if mentioning SS grates on you since you hear it so much. Sorry if it does!
    It looks like you and your sister have turned out to be lovely wives and mums.

    Congratulations on your elder prince and your little princess coming soon! How lovely!
    I have had pretty good [natural] births each time, with the first being the most difficult. I hope your labour is great and transitioning smooth. I should warn you that breastfeeding the second child onward is incredibly painful when the milk comes in! Whew! But I hope you hang in there (if you choose to bf) and know the pain will be short-lived. Or perhaps you’ll be one of those lucky ones who have no pain. Maybe that’s a better hope for you.

    All the best for a fabulous birth,
    With fond wishes from a desk in the heart of beautiful Cheshire, UK
    (I am formerly of Michigan but a Brit stole my heart and residency nine years ago),
    Beth

  • jessica

    I see this was sent out on June 10th. I was blessed to have a little girl on this day. I named her Gabrielle and it is a joy to have a little girl. I also have a 2 yr old girl name Kayla and a 4 yr old son Jonathon as you can see in my picture. I am so thankful to God for my 3 blessings. All the discomfort of pregnancy was well worth it after seeing my little angels faces for the first time. Congratulations Tamera and God bless you, your husband, son and your soon to be born daughter. Shopping for girls are so much fun. I leave the shopping for my son to his dad lol.

  • Shuvonneco W Crawford

    I had my daughter at 35 weeks and i experience all of that and ibstill have shortness of breath some times