Mom's 3rd Trimester

What's Happening to You

  • Your expanding uterus presses on many other organs—bladder, kidneys, stomach, intestines, and diaphragm.
  • Toward the end of pregnancy your protruding abdomen may sag lower.
  • Your feet and ankles may swell, especially after standing for a long time.
  • You feel the need to urinate often and feel more fatigued.

Tips for Your Well-Being

  • As your due date draws near, make sure you've written down your preferences for labor and delivery, such as managing pain, preferred labor positions, and any cultural, religious or family traditions.
  • Take care of paperwork now so your hospital admission goes smoothly on the eventful day!
  • Pack a weekend bag for your stay at the hospital.
  • Choose someone as your birth coach who can be a calming influence. He or she can prepare for your hospital stay by participating in birthing classes, touring Valley's Birth Center, and knowing what paperwork is expected at check-in.
  • If you have other children, arrange for a support person to be with each one during childbirth.
  • Swimming and other moderate exercise can help reduce discomfort in later pregnancy.

How Valley Medical Center Can Help

  • Complete pre-registration prior to your delivery if possible to save valuable time.
  • We know our patients' medical information is a private matter. To see how your health information may be used and disclosed and how you can access it, please review our Privacy Policy.
  • Our packing checklist shows what's needed for you, baby and your birth coach.
  • You and your birth coach are invited to take a virtual tour of our Birth Center. See where you'll give birth and start caring for your new baby.
  • Valley Medical Center offers a Siblings to Come Class, which we strongly recommend for children who plan to attend the birth.
  • The Fitness Center's pre-natal water exercise class can help with the discomforts of late pregnancy.
  • Valley Medical Center, in collaboration with Bloodworks Northwest, accepts cord blood donations. Learn more about becoming a cord blood donor on the We are Valley blog and through A Parent's Guide to Cord Blood