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The third trimester is the final phase of pregnancy. During this time, you might have to go to the bathroom more often and may have heartburn and swelling. This is a good time to think about bottle feeding versus breastfeeding. You should also talk with your doctor about what to expect during delivery and whether labor will need to be induced.

An Introduction to Your Third Trimester

You're almost there! It might be hard to believe, but you are in your third trimester of pregnancy! This means that in a few short months, you will be holding your new baby in your arms.

Changes in Your Body

During the third trimester, you could still be having some of the same discomforts you had in your second trimester, but now you will notice that you may have to go to the bathroom more often or that you find it even harder to breathe. This is because the baby is getting bigger and is putting more pressure on your organs. Don't worry -- your baby is fine, and these problems will lessen once you give birth.
You also might have some of these changes during your third trimester:


We explain each of these changes on the next page.

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