The third trimester marks the home stretch as you prepare to welcome your baby into this world. We know that you may have questions and concerns, and we will be here to provide you with care, support, and expertise every step of the way.
The third trimester is from week 27 to the end of your pregnancy. During this time, your baby will continue to grow in size and weight. It is normal if you start to feel a bit more uncomfortable as you continue to gain weight. You may begin to have false labor contractions, called Braxton Hicks contractions. These contractions last around 30 seconds, are irregular, and not painful. Remember that this is not a sign that labor has begun.
During this final trimester, your baby’s bones are fully formed, and their organs are capable of functioning on their own. As you near your due date, their body should turn southwards into a head-down position for birth.
You will have the following visits during your third trimester:
Here is a checklist for some third-trimester considerations:
Remember that every pregnancy is unique, and it’s important to discuss any specific concerns or questions that you may have during the third trimester with your provider.
As part of your care during pregnancy, we encourage you to create a MyChart account.
Your MyChart account has specific pregnancy features, including:
This account will also allow you to see test results, email your provider, refill prescriptions, request appointments, and see office visit notes.
Your MyChart account will provide these benefits beyond your pregnancy and connect you with all of your Spectrum Health providers.
You may have many questions about this final trimester of your pregnancy. We are committed to providing you with comprehensive answers and resources to make you feel as confident and comfortable as possible.
Refer to our Question Guide for things that you may want to ask your provider during your appointments.
Refer to our FAQ page for commonly asked questions and answers.
We recognize that planning a pregnancy can feel overwhelming on its own without the additional burden of financial concerns. We are committed to helping you in any way we can, including offering financial support and assistance to those who are eligible.
As a Baby-Friendly® organization, we support mothers who want to breastfeed. Our breastfeeding experts will help you understand the steps to a successful breastfeeding and bonding experience. Each of our registered nurses in the family birth centers has been trained to support mothers during breastfeeding, and many are even certified breastfeeding counselors.
We also have lactation consultants or lactation peer counselors available to help you. You can get free breastfeeding support and coaching with a lactation expert using a secure video connection.
Call our lactation warmline at 616.391.9437 to schedule an appointment.
If you are experiencing anything unusual or a medical emergency, please contact your provider immediately.