Are there any warning signs I should look for during the 3rd trimester of my pregnancy?

During the 3rd trimester, you should contact your doctor if you notice anything that seems off or worries you. Never ignore a decrease in your baby's movements, changes or bleeding in vaginal discharge, vision problems, or severe headaches. Also, be aware of Braxton-Hicks contractions; these are normal contractions that happen infrequently but normally throughout the pregnancy. You might notice them getting stronger now. If you are having four or more contractions per hour or notice any other pre-term labor signs, call a doctor.

Many women experience signs of labor around week 37, so it is important to know what to look for. The first sign may be painful contractions that are similar to menstrual cramps, but may last up to a minute long and return every five minutes. You should also watch out for a vaginal discharge that has changed consistency or that is tinted with mucus or blood. This is called "bloody show." The discharge does not have to be heavy to indicate labor, so if you notice any vaginal leaking, talk to your doctor. In addition, some women also feel pressure in their pelvis, which can indicate that your baby is ready to be born.

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