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Third trimester (28-40 weeks) tips

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The third trimester begins in week 28 and lasts until you give birth, which may be around week 40 of your pregnancy. Your baby still has plenty of growing to do – but you’re nearly there! If you can, use these last weeks to get ready for the baby’s arrival and enjoy some time for yourself. You might start to feel you’re slowing down a little now, so take any offers of help you can get and put yourself first. Not always easy, we know.

We’ve got some quick tips to help you through your third trimester, and to help you feel confident and ready for the big day – from planning for the birth, to preparing tasty meals to pop in the freezer.

Top tips from parents-to-be

What the professionals say

"Be kind to yourself and look after yourself and if there is something you want to do use the people around you to support you and help you achieve that."

Lesley Weir, Family Nurse Partnership

More information

For more information on going into labour and giving birth, speak to your midwife. There’s also a lot of useful information at Ready Steady Baby.

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Last updated: 27 Jul, 2021