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The Third Trimester: A Guide to Late Pregnancy

By Stacey Feintuch
Reviewed by Jessie Everts, Ph.D. , Alyssa Quimby, M.D.
March 07, 2022

Your due date is getting closer! The third trimester of pregnancy lasts from week 28 until you deliver. At the end of this trimester, you’ll get to meet your baby. Here’s an overview of how you may feel, what appointments and tests you’ll need, and how your baby will grow and develop in late pregnancy.

Common Third-Trimester Symptoms

As your baby grows to reach their birth weight and your body prepares for delivery, you may experience some new symptoms in the third trimester.

Shortness of Breath

It’s common to get easily winded now that your lungs are more crowded. Sitting or standing up straight, with good posture, may help give you a little more room to breathe. Take breaks when you need to catch your breath.

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