Being in the third trimester means you are in the home stretch of pregnancy. (Cue angels singing hallelujah). For some women, this time is relieving and welcomed. For others, it is actually a time filled with great anxiety and trepidation surrounding the birthing process and life as a new mom. There is also a concern when experiencing physical symptoms and sensations that kind of freak you out. Most are pretty normal, but there are a few third trimester red flags that mean you should call your OB right away.
After months of pregnancy pain, I was ready for my little human to be out of my body. Even though I gave into all of my food cravings, I tried to exercised almost every day. Then one day, a gush of fluid leaked from my vagina while walking briskly on the treadmill. I was newly in my third trimester and thought for a moment, maybe I just peed. I called my OB-GYN who insisted that I come in right away for an exam "just to be safe," she said. It turns out, I was leaking amniotic fluid, which altered how the rest of my pregnancy played out, including my child's birth.
That's the problem with pregnancy, sometimes you just have no idea what's normal and what isn't. Every pregnancy is unique and so is every body. Thankfully, there are nine universal signs to look out for that often ride a fine line between being normal and worrisome to help guide you.