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The third trimester looks different for every woman with her own baseline health status and unique circumstances.


As your due date approaches, appointments with your doctor will include discussions of your birth plans for labour and delivery. By week 37, babies are considered full-term. 

This is a period of very fast growth for the baby, gaining around 6 lbs in the third trimester of pregnancy. The organ systems are developing to prepare the baby for life outside of the womb. As the brain develops, the baby will develop all of their senses. Most babies will settle into a head down, bottom up position as delivery approaches, although some will remain in a breech position.

By the end of the third trimester, the baby will weigh approximately 8 lbs and will be approximately 50 cm long,

about the size of a watermelon.

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