4 Common Questions Women Have During the Third Trimester

(Originally Posted on May 22, 2016)

Now that we’ve addressed questions that many women have in the first and the second trimester let’s take a look at the third. Entering the final weeks of your pregnancy is exciting and unique from the other phases that you go through, and it comes with a whole new set of places you’ll be focusing your attention. Here are some of the most common questions women as during their third trimester.

#1: Is the swelling of my hands and feet normal?

In many cases, it is just a little water retention and keeping yourself hydrated will help. You can elevate your hands and feet as well to help relieve the pressure. Many women invest in shoes that allow more room for swelling, especially if they are on their feet at work all day or at home with other children. However, if the swelling comes on suddenly, you should see your gynecologist because it could be the sign of something else going on.

#2: Are there any symptoms I should be looking for?

During the third trimester, you’ll want to be very mindful of your body and the activity going on inside your belly. And there are some things that you should be paying attention to such as discharge, swelling, pain or discomfort, and cramping. One of the first things your gynecologist is going to ask at your visits in the last trimester is “how are you feeling?” The more accurate and thorough you can answer that question, the more your doctor will be aware of your overall wellbeing during the remainder of your pregnancy.

#3: Can you recommend a pediatrician?

Even though you are currently with your gynecologist during pregnancy, once you have the baby, you’ll need to find a pediatrician for their medical care. Many women ask their current doctors for recommendations or characteristics to look for when selecting a doctor for their baby. Your insurance may play a role in your options as well. However, go ahead and get this box checked off your list so that you don’t have to deal with it after your newborn has arrived.

#4: What are the signs of going into labor?

If you haven’t learned the signs of labor by the third trimester, be sure you ask your gynecologist what to expect. You want to do everything you can to ensure you get to the hospital safely. Be proactive during this time and have everything ready so you can leave at a moments notice, and make sure that you don’t stress your body and mind before you give birth.

As you go through your pregnancy, don’t hesitate to reach out and ask any questions that you may have. We want you to be confident and informed throughout your pregnancy, and the health of you and your baby is our top priority. You can reach us by calling 561-434-0111 or come by and see us in person by visiting our locations in Lake Worth, Palm Beach Gardens, and West Palm Beach.

Dr. Marcela Lazo

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