How might my actions affect my baby during the 3rd trimester?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

During pregnancy, smoking, drinking and drug use can seriously harm your baby's development. Here are some other actions that might affect your baby’s health, both for the good and for the ill:

  • Keep all of your prenatal appointments. Testing done now is for illnesses that can seriously hurt your baby if not treated
  • Getting enough important nutrients is important. As bones harden and the brain develops, your baby will need a lot of nutrients to stay healthy.
  • Know signs of pre-term labor or other dangerous illnesses so that your baby can get necessary and immediate care.
  • While exercise is important, if you have difficulty breathing or experience pain or dizziness, your routine is too difficult and should be lessened.
  • It is important to remember that all women feel nervous at this point in pregnancy. Communicating your feelings will help. 
  • Prenatal massages are a great way to ease your body, which can help your baby maneuver into the final delivery position.

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