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You’ve entered the third trimester, the final stretch of pregnancy in so many ways.

Common Pregnancy Symptoms at Seven Months Pregnant

At this stage of the third trimester, it’s common to feel the effects of your growing tummy and of your progressing pregnancy. Symptoms can include:

  • Back pain
  • Fatigue
  • Swollen hands and feet
  • Heartburn
  • Stretch marks
  • Itchy skin
  • Foot and leg cramps
  • Hot flashes
  • Frequent urination
  • Shortness of breath
  • Mood changes
  • Insomnia
  • Braxton Hicks contractions

Remember, everyone is different, and you may not experience all of these pregnancy symptoms. Some pregnancy symptoms that can worry moms-to-be include:

Stretch marks: At seven months pregnant, your baby bump will be getting bigger each day. As a result, you might get stretch marks on your tummy, as well as your breasts, thighs, arms, or buttocks. Many women get these pink or reddish purple lines, but, after birth, they’ll usually fade with time. Keeping a healthy pregnancy diet and gaining the right amount of weight gradually throughout the pregnancy may help reduce the likelihood of stretch marks.

Itchy skin: As your skin stretches, it might also itch. Rub soothing oils or a gentle moisturizer on your skin and bathe in warm water, as hot water can be too drying for your skin.

Seven Months Pregnant: Changes Inside and Out

Your Baby’s Development: At about week 32, babies often turn head-down in preparation for birth and also start to move downward, putting pressure on your bladder (bathroom, anyone?). This may take some pressure off your lungs, making it a little easier to breathe. Your baby’s bones are also beginning to harden.

The skull, however, remains softer so that the baby can pass through the birth canal more easily. The plates of the skull slide over each other during birth, which is why some babies are born with a cone-shaped head. Don’t worry, though — the shape of your baby’s head will go back to normal within a few days.

Changes to Your Body: During the seventh month of pregnancy, the space is getting a little snug in your uterus, and your baby might be moving less because of this. You are still likely to feel some movement each day.

Because your center of gravity changes as your tummy grows, you might feel unsteady on your feet, so take your time while walking. As your belly expands, you might also lose the ability to bend over, and your gait might even change to support your tummy.

Your breasts will grow and become even heavier. The veins on your breasts might become more visible, and the color of your nipples might darken.

Diet and Exercise When You’re Three Months Pregnant

Many women start to notice that their morning sickness subsides, making it easier to keep food down and boost your nutrient intake and your energy levels.

It’s as important as ever to focus on a nutritious pregnancy diet, including regular, small meals of protein, vegetables, fruit, and whole grains. Stay hydrated with water, and stick to a maximum of 200 milligrams of caffeine per day (which is around two cups of instant coffee).

Your GP can give you personalised dietary advice. Pregnant women should avoid fish with high levels of mercury, as well as alcohol, unpasteurised cheese and milk, and processed meats. That goes for raw eggs too, unless they come with the Red Lion logo stamped on them (meaning the hens they come from have been vaccinated against salmonella). Be sure to thoroughly rinse fruits and vegetables very carefully before eating or preparing them.

You can also start or continue a healthy pregnancy exercise plan. If you're an exercise newbie, check in with your GP or midwife first, but exercises like prenatal yoga and swimming could be good, safe options.

Three Months Pregnant Quick List

  • Share your baby news: Towards the end of your three months, you might feel ready to share the news with family and friends. Think about who you want to tell, and how.
  • Make an appointment with your midwife. By the time you reach 12 weeks, you should have had your appointment to discuss your antenatal care. In this month, you will also be offered your first ultrasound scan.
  • Make maternity leave plans: Start thinking about how to discuss maternity leave at your workplace. Research your options, and think about your preferences. Have a plan in place for when you talk about it with your employer.
  • Pregnancy exercise: Before your tummy becomes very big, entering your second trimester is a great time to get moving. Speak to your doctor about safe and gentle exercise options that are suitable for you.
  • Bond with your bump: Your little one can hear muffled sounds such as the sound of your voice and your heartbeat, so start to bond with her by talking to and singing to your ‘bump’, or listening to your favourite music together.
  • Communicate with your partner: Pregnancy is a role and an experience that can be shared by both parents. Speak to your partner about ways in which they can help. This will help your partner feel more involved, and will take some of the load off of you, the mum-to-be.
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