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Third Trimester


Third-semester pregnancy can be emotionally and physically challenging. During the third semester, the fetus continues to grow at a considerable rate. The answer to the question: "when does third trimester start ?", shall be the 7th month. The information is vital since a number of carrying women doesn't know the exact idea regarding the query: 'when is the third trimester starting?'. During the third trimester weeks, the carrying woman experiences a number of third-trimester symptoms. Conditions like third-trimester abdominal pain are usually seen since the weight of the fetus increases. Stomach pain in the third trimester can be attributed to the increase in activity of the fetus. A comprehensive diagnosis like third-trimester ultrasound scan is essential when there is a surge in the severity of these abdominal cramps. The third semester is an important period in which sufficient care has to be taken. In the absence of proper care, complex situations can arise. The number of such third-trimester abortions is on a rise. Inadequate medical intervention can result in even third-trimester abortion. In addition to this, the carrying woman individually experiences a particular amount of third-trimester weight gain. The increase in weight is not discretely related to the period when the third trimester starts. On the other hand, the increase in weight is continuous over the entire gestation period. The carrying woman may find it difficult to perform normal activities. In these situations, conditions like headaches in the third trimester, third-trimester nausea may be experienced. Third semester bleeding can also be experienced, but only 1 out of 10 women encounters vaginal bleeding. Coming to exercise, third-semester activities can be tiresome. Also, it is more common for constipation to occur, rather than diarrhea in the third trimester.

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Authored By Dr. N.P. Vijayalakshmy MBBS, M.D., D.G.O

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