Welcome to the third and last trimester! The third trimester goes from weeks 28 until your baby’s birth. Your pregnancy is measured in forty weeks, but some babies like to hang out in your belly a little longer and can go a week or two past their due date. If you are in your third trimester, congratulations, you are in the home stretch until you get to meet your little guy or girl. This trimester can be a bit challenging as your belly keeps growing and you have some new symptoms as a result of carrying around more weight and you may also find yourself anxious to have your baby and ready to be done being pregnant. Your baby is also going through a lot of changes this trimester in preparation for birth and life outside of your womb. Keep in mind, you are almost at the finish line and when you get to meet your baby all of the hoopla that came along with being pregnant is 100% worth it, so hang in there!
When you are pregnant your immune system is lowered. This sounds like a negative thing but this helps make sure that your body doesn’t reject your baby, as it would a foreign bacteria or virus. With a lower immune system it is harder for your body to fight off a cold or the flu. This is why it is so important to take care of your health when you are expecting. Basic things like eating well, staying hydrated, and making sure you are getting plenty of rest are crucial. A homeopathic remedy sometimes used for cold and flu symptoms is pelargonium sidoides, which goes by the brand name Umcka. This is an herbal remedy made from the roots of this South African plant. This episode answers a question about whether or not Umcka is safe to take during pregnancy.
For many expecting moms the second trimester is their favorite period of their pregnancy and the one they enjoy the most. During weeks 13 to 27 of your pregnancy first trimester symptoms like morning sickness should be subsiding. By this point you have adjusted to many of the lifestyle changes to have a healthy pregnancy, your moods and emotions should be evening out, and overall you should feel like you have more energy. After all of the internal changes in the last trimester, the second trimester brings a lot of physical changes. Your belly will start showing and you will be able to feel your baby kicking. Get an overview of everything you can expect during the second trimester of your pregnancy including; all of the physical changes you can expect to see, how your baby is growing, what you can expect at prenatal appointments, and some of the to-do items to tackle this trimester.
Obstetric cholestasis is a rare complication during pregnancy caused by a reduced flow of bile down the bile ducts in the liver, which causes some bile to leak out into the bloodstream. This build-up of bile acids in the bloodstream can cause a persistent itch in the last trimester of pregnancy, especially in your hands and feet. Like so many things, the symptoms go after you have your baby. Obstetric cholestasis is more common in twin pregnancies, although, we do not know the exact cause. Often when symptoms appear during pregnancy we tend to blame hormones. Oestrogen and progesterone hormones can affect the liver by slowing down the rate of bile passing out along the tiny bile ducts. Learn about some of the risks associated with obstetric cholestasis and some things you can do to relieve itching.
The first 12 weeks of your pregnancy will probably be the biggest adjustment period as you get used to the idea of being pregnant, make some lifestyle changes, and deal with all of the physical and emotional changes that are going on. The first trimester is thought of as the most sensitive time during your pregnancy because this is when all of your baby’s organs and structures are being built. You may not see a whole lot going on outside during the first trimester but you will definitely be able to tell there is a whole lot going on internally, and emotionally. Get an overview of everything you can expect during the first trimester of your pregnancy including; common symptoms like morning sickness, changes in hormones, your baby’s development, and how you can get some relief from some of the not so fun side effects of being pregnant.
It is really important to try and nail down your date of conception or “due date” as accurately as possible in the beginning of your pregnancy. This isn’t always easy to do, especially if your pregnancy was a surprise. The estimate of your baby’s age has a big impact on your prenatal care and your care provider’s recommends as you get closer to your due date. A big measurement of your baby’s health during your pregnancy is based on estimates of their size relative to your due date. Measuring the size of your baby in the womb is not an exact science. Unfortunately we have no way to measure weight or height with 100% accuracy before a baby is born. The most accurate methods we have usually combine an ultrasound with some calculations to come up with the size of your baby. This episode answers a questions about the accuracy of ultrasound measurements.
Once you see the positive result on your pregnancy test you are sure to have a crazy mix of emotions. Finding out you are expecting a baby can change your life in an instant. It can be overwhelming to think about the amount of information you need to consume and the things you need to do before your baby arrives. Do not stress out. If you just take it one step at a time and you will be totally prepared when your little one arrives. This episode brings you up to speed on everything you need to know as soon as you find out you are pregnant.
Preeclampsia is essentially high blood pressure during pregnancy. High blood pressure can damage arteries, which can lead to serious complications. There has been some research on low PAPP-A levels and preeclampsia, and there is also evidence that suggests low dose aspirin during pregnancy can benefit expecting mothers who have preeclampsia. Aspirin is a blood thinner and can lower your blood pressure and low doses are sometimes prescribed for high blood pressure during pregnancy. There is a big difference between the safety of low dose and normal or high dose aspirin. This episode dives into the research on low dose aspirin and preeclampsia and discusses the pros and cons of taking aspirin to reduce the risk of developing preeclampsia.
Making informed decisions on whether or not to vaccinate your child involves weighing the risks of the disease the vaccine prevents with the risks of the vaccination. As if this isn’t enough of a challenge, there are often multiple manufacturers for each vaccine and each medication varies. This episode breaks down each of the vaccine preventable diseases and looks at the differences in the options for each vaccine. This includes the company that manufacturers each vaccine, when it was approved, and a link to the package insert. The package insert contains everything from the manufacturer, including results from clinical trials, possible side effects and adverse reactions, all ingredients, etc. Since aluminum has been raised as a big concern this episode also notes the aluminum content in each vaccine. This episode will help you to understand each disease targeted by vaccines and get the information you need to compare different brands to make an informed decision.