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Your baby’s development during your third trimester of pregnancy
August 1, 2014
5 min Read
August 1, 2014
From the first signs and symptoms of pregnancy, your body has been undergoing important changes. At the same time, your baby has been developing at a rapid rate, with landmark achievements week after week. Learn about all of the important milestones at each stage during your third trimester of your pregnancy, including some advice on how you can contribute to your baby’s development.
Did you know?
A baby’s brain growth advances dramatically during the 3rd trimester. In fact, the size of a baby’s brain increases approximately 10 times from the beginning of the 3rd trimester through the 1st year of life.
A baby’s brain contains Omega-3 fat and most of that fat is DHA, a key building block of the brain. That’s why it’s important to get DHA while you’re pregnant, especially during the last 3 months.
Learn more at: Whydha.com.
Brain and Personality Development
Between weeks 27 to 30, your baby’s brain will take on the “folded” shape of a mature brain. He is producing the billions of neurons and synapses needed to make complex connections and may begin to form memories. He may also begin to exhibit future personality traits via his behaviour in the womb, i.e. if he is very active or mostly calm. As his hearing and memory develop, you will feel him reacting to sounds like the songs you sing to him.
Your baby’s olfactory neurons, or nerve cells that relate to smell, developed early on, however it is at this point that they can now detect odours. Smell is yet another way your baby can recognize and make sense of the world around him. During the third trimester, his sense of smell will greatly improve. Soon, he’ll be able to react to strong odours by grimacing or moving his head. And after birth, he’ll be comforted by the familiar smell of Mom. His sense of taste also becomes more refined at this time. Many of your baby’s taste preferences will be influenced by the flavours he is experiencing in your prenatal diet. If you choose to breastfeed, your baby will recognize and be comforted by those flavours in your breast milk.
Your baby is beginning to develop body fat layers that will regulate his body temperature and provide energy stores after birth.
Your baby’s brain is advancing rapidly by producing tiny neurons and synapses, which will interconnect to provide him with the skills such as sucking, swallowing and breathing, enabling him to feed as soon as he is born.
Antibodies and Immunity
During the last weeks of pregnancy, you pass along antibodies to your baby in your blood. These will help protect him from many illnesses and infections he may face in the months after birth. This immunity lasts for a few months until he develops his own resistance. Breastfeeding can prolong the immunity by providing your baby with even more antibodies.
Preparation for Delivery
At this point, your baby will gain up to 1/2 pound a week. He is stocking up on calcium, fat, phosphorus and other essential nutrients he will need when he’s born. As your baby gets larger and stronger, his movements may feel more pronounced.
During weeks 36 to 40, your baby continues to make the necessary connections that he will need to support his cognitive development (learning). His brain is now ready for life outside the womb. In order for your baby to reach all of these milestones, he must receive the proper nourishment. Contribute to his success by consuming a well-balanced diet of, wholesome foods that provide valuable nutrients such as DHA, a type Omega-3 fat and an important building block of a baby’s rapidly developing brain.
Week by Week Development through Pregnancy
Watch this episode of Amazing Milestones, designed to provide you with expert advice and pertinent information for everything “baby”.
This episode will discuss what to expect during pregnancy. With the help of our guest, Dr. Benoit, we will go step-by-step through each trimester to discuss what you might be experiencing, how to cope and what to expect in the months to come.
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