At seven months (28 weeks) into your pregnancy, you are in the first week of your third trimester and about 12 weeks from your due date. By this week, your baby weighs 2 1/4 pounds (about the size of a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels, reports BabyCenter. Many women report feeling additional symptoms and discomfort during the third trimester, although not all women will experience the same symptoms. Symptoms may also vary from subsequent pregnancies.
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Many women experience Braxton-Hicks Contractions at 28 weeks. They may become more frequent as your due date nears. These contractions are felt in the lower abdomen or groin area and come and go with no increase in intensity or regularity. In the event that your contractions become stronger or more regular, contact your obstetrician, as they may be a sign of preterm labor.
Shortness of Breath
As your uterus expands below your diaphragm, the muscle pushes upward on your lungs. You may feel more out of breath when completing daily activities. It may be helpful to sleep propped up on pillows and take some time to rest between tasks. You may feel some relief closer to your delivery, as the baby will begin to settle lower into the pelvis in preparation for birth.
Heartburn is a common symptom seven months into your pregnancy. The growing uterus places an upward pressure on your stomach. This causes the acid in your stomach (hydrochloric acid) to rise into your esophagus, resulting in burning and discomfort. Over-the-counter antacids, such as Tums or Mylanta, are considered safe for use during pregnancy. If your heartburn does not respond to treatments, it may cause damage to the lining of the esophagus. Contact your provider, who may be able to recommend a different medication.
Some women experience hemorrhoids in the third trimester. These occur from the additional weight of the baby on veins in the rectal area. Avoiding constipation and straining during bowel movements may help to prevent hemorrhoids. Tucks pads and Anusol cream are safe for use during pregnancy.
Many women report back pain during the third trimester. This is most likely because of the increased weight of pregnancy on your back and joints, and your pregnancy hormones causing the hips and joints to relax. Prenatal massage may be helpful to alleviate back pain. Supporting your back with pillows while sitting and laying down may provide additional comfort.