Welcome to your third trimester!
Welcome to the home stretch! You have made it to the third trimester. This trimester will challenge your patience as you anxiously await the birth of your baby.
The third trimester starts at 28 weeks and continues until your baby is born which is around week 40. In fact, about 80 percent of all babies are born between 37 and 42 weeks and only about 5 percent of babies are born on their actual due date. Waiting for your baby to be “Full Term” is very important for your baby’s development. Research supports that inducing a baby to be born even 2 weeks earlier at a time considered “term” in the past, but now considered “early term” can have complications for your baby. Just as all children develop at different rates, your unborn baby is developing at her own rate, so be patient…easy for someone to say who isn’t you…your baby will come when she is ready. As a friend of mine said, “I signed up for 40 weeks, if she needs 41, then she gets it!”