Trimester means 3 months. A normal pregnancy is around 9 months and has 3 trimesters.
Your health care provider may talk about your pregnancy in weeks, rather than months or trimesters. The third trimester goes from week 28 through week 40.
Expect increasing fatigue during this time. A lot of your body's energy is directed towards supporting a rapidly growing fetus. It's common to feel the need to reduce your activities and your work load, and get some rest during the day.
Heartburn and low back pain are also common complaints at this time in pregnancy. When you're pregnant, your digestive system slows down. This can cause heartburn. Also, the extra weight you are carrying puts stress on your muscles and joints.
It is important that you continue to:
- Eat well -- including protein rich foods and vegetables frequently and in small amounts
- Rest as needed
- Get exercise or get a walk in on most days