HealthONE - March 28, 2019

What to Expect During the Third Trimester

Your Condition:

In the final trimester, you can expect to gain about one pound per week. You will lose about 13 pounds with the birth of your baby and more in the following weeks, especially if you breastfeed. Your breasts will be at their fullest by the seventh month, so a supportive bra is essential. If you are planning to breastfeed, begin shopping for a nursing bra at this time.

Breastfeeding Consultation:

If your infant will be breastfed, you couldn’t ask for a better place to be. From expertise in getting babies to latch at the breast in the early hours after birth, to being adept at heading off potential problems along the way, this team – including lactation consultants – has the skill and experience to help make your breastfeeding experience a satisfying and successful one. And help doesn’t end with your discharge! You are never further away than a phone call from people who care about you, and can guide you to resources for help.

Contact your healthcare provider regarding a prenatal breast assessment if you plan to breastfeed your baby or our lactation consultants at (303) 457-6757 extension 2.

During your hospital stay our lactation consultants will visit you each day to assist you with breastfeeding your new baby.  Your bedside nurse can also assist you when the lactation consultant is not available. 

Parent Preparation – Classes, and More, for the Third Trimester:

There are a number of classes that are especially helpful during this time in your pregnancy.  To see a complete list and descriptions of the classes we offer please visit You may register for classes online or by calling 303-367-2229.

Third Trimester Checklist:

  • Pack bags for hospital.
  • Ask your doctor what the signs and symptoms are at the start of labor so you know when to call.
  • Arrange for at-home help if necessary.
  • Wash baby’s new clothes to remove fabric finish.
  • Plan for your hospital stay by asking family and friends to care for other children and pets, collect mail, etc.
  • If you are having a boy, learn about circumcision from your doctor and decide if you will want this procedure done.
  • Pre-admit to the hospital if you haven’t done so.
  • Get a car seat check at least six weeks before your due date.
  • Find a pediatrician that best suits your needs and goals as a parent.