At three months pregnant, you’ve almost made it to the second trimester, and some of the early pregnancy symptoms you may have been experiencing may slowly start to subside. Read on to find out what may be in store for you at three months pregnant, including common symptoms. Plus, find out all the exciting ways your baby is developing this month.
Common Pregnancy Symptoms at 3 Months Pregnant
At three months pregnant, you might still be experiencing some of the familiar symptoms of early pregnancy, but some new ones might crop up, too. Some of these symptoms might be quite challenging; keep in mind you may not experience them all.
Increase in vaginal discharge. A combination of pregnancy hormones and the increased blood supply in your body can lead to a bit more vaginal discharge than you might be used to. As long as it’s clear or whitish and doesn’t have a bad smell, it’s probably nothing to worry about. Try to wear cotton underwear and loose, breathable clothes to help prevent vaginal infections. Chat with your healthcare provider if you’re concerned about what’s happening.
Nausea. You might still be feeling queasy, but perhaps for not much longer. Many moms-to-be say their morning sickness begins to subside during this month, which is great news! If you’re not so lucky, try eating bland foods like toast, rice, or bananas, and sip on ginger ale or ginger tea to soothe your stomach.
Fatigue. The sleepiness may continue this month as your body continues to nourish your little one. Rest when you can, stay hydrated, and do some moderate exercise, as this is shown to improve sleep. Prenatal yoga, walking, and swimming can be good choices, but talk to your healthcare provider before trying any new exercises.
Skin changes. If you’ve noticed that the color of your nipples has started to darken, this is because your body is producing more melanin, a type of pigment. This extra melanin can also cause brown patches on your face, which is called chloasma. You might also notice a dark, vertical line that runs from your belly button to the pubic area. This line might start to appear at three months pregnant as your belly size starts to increase. Most of these discolorations will disappear or fade after your little one is born.
Breast changes. Your breasts may be growing and changing this month, too. Your areolas may grow larger and darker, and your nipples may start to protrude a little more. Under the surface, milk glands are preparing to produce milk, and fat is being added to your breasts. If your bras feel too tight, it’s probably time to go up a size. Go for a professional bra fitting at your local department or specialty lingerie store to get a new bra that is more comfortable.
Constipation. Some pregnancy hormones can cause your digestive system to slow down, leading to constipation. The extra iron in your prenatal vitamins may also be to blame. Make sure to stay hydrated and eat more fiber. Fruits, vegetables, and whole grains are great sources of fiber.
How Is Your Baby Developing This Month?
On the inside, your little one’s intestines and musculature system are taking shape. Some bones may start to harden, but the backbone is soft.
On the outside, your baby’s hands and feet are growing tiny fingers and toes, which may even have the beginnings of fingernails and toenails at three months pregnant.
At some point this month, your little one’s external genitals will start to form, and it won't be long before you'll be able to find out if you're having a girl or a boy!
Keep in mind, you’ll usually find out whether you’re having a boy or girl at your mid-pregnancy ultrasound, but for a little fun now, play around with our Chinese Gender Predictor
How Big Is Your Baby When You’re 3 Months Pregnant?
At the start of this month your baby will be about ½ an inch long, and by the end of this month she’ll be almost 2 inches long and weigh about ½ an ounce.
What Does a Fetus Look Like at 3 Months?
Check out these illustrations for a glimpse at what your baby might look like when you’re three months pregnant:
3 Months Pregnant: Your Body’s Changes
It's possible that you might start to project a small baby bump sometime soon, although every mom-to-be starts to show at different times, and you might have to wait another few weeks. By this month, your uterus has grown to about the size of a large orange. Read more on when you might start to show here.
If your nausea subsides, you may find your appetite is returning. You’ll want to continue eating healthily. Even though there are two of you, you don’t actually need to “eat for two.”
Experts recommend adding only about 300 extra calories to your diet each day. This is the equivalent of a light meal or snack. Unless you’ve lost a little weight due to morning sickness, you may end up gaining anywhere from one and a half to four and a half pounds this month. Consult your healthcare provider for advice on how much weight gain is right for you.
Our Weight Gain Calculator can tell you how much weight you may be advised to gain over the course of your pregnancy, based on your pre-pregnancy body mass index (BMI), but your provider is your best resource.
How Far Along Are You at 3 Months Pregnant?
Wondering which weeks are in the third month of pregnancy? Good question! There's no standard answer, but three months pregnant is often defined as covering week nine through week 12 or week 9 through week 13. At the end of this month, you’ll be ready to begin the second trimester.
Checklist for When You’re 3 Months Pregnant
Ask your healthcare provider whether any genetic screening tests are recommended for you this month based on your personal situation. Your provider can talk you through the risks and benefits of screening tests like a nuchal translucency test, a cell-free DNA test, or chorionic villus sampling (CVS).
Consider sharing the news with close friends and family soon.
Read up on all the foods and drinks to avoid during pregnancy.
Start thinking about your maternity leave plans, and ask your healthcare provider when is the right time to tell your employer you are pregnant.
Speak to your healthcare provider about safe and gentle exercise options that are suitable for you.
Start to bond with your little one by talking to and singing to your “bump,” or listen to your favorite music together. Your little one will soon be able to hear you!
Communicate with your partner about any fears you have or feelings you might want to share. This can help your partner feel more involved, and will take some of the load off of you.
If this is not your first pregnancy, read up on how a second pregnancy can be different to a first.
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What Happens at 3 Months of Pregnancy?
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Month by Month
What happens in the second month?
What happens in the third month?
What happens in the fourth month?
What happens in the fifth month?
What happens in the sixth month?
What happens in the seventh month?
What happens in the eighth month?
What happens in the ninth month?
What happens in the tenth month?
The embryo becomes a fetus when you’re 3 months pregnant. The umbilical cord connects the fetus to your placenta and uterine wall. External sex organs also start to develop.
What happens during week 9 - 10?
The embryo develops into a fetus after 10 weeks. It’s 1–1.5 inches (21–40 mm) long. The tail disappears. Fingers and toes grow longer. The umbilical cord connects the abdomen of the fetus to the placenta. The placenta is attached to the wall of the uterus and it absorbs nutrients from the bloodstream. The cord carries nutrients and oxygen to the fetus and takes waste away from the fetus.
What happens during week 11 - 12?
The fetus is now measured from the top of its head to its buttocks. This is called crown-rump length (CRL).
The fetus has a CRL of 2–3 inches (6–7.5 cm).
Fingers and toes are no longer webbed.
Bones begin hardening.
Skin and fingernails begin to grow.
Changes triggered by hormones begin to make external sex organs appear — female or male. The fetus begins making spontaneous movements.
Kidneys start making urine.
Early sweat glands appear.
Eyelids are fused together.
What are the symptoms of pregnancy in the third month?
Many of the pregnancy symptoms from the first 2 months continue — and sometimes worsen — during the third month. This is especially true of nausea. Your breasts continue growing and changing. The area around your nipple — the areola — may grow larger and darker. If you’re prone to acne you may have outbreaks.
You probably won’t gain much weight during the first 3 months of pregnancy — usually about 2 pounds. If you’re overweight or underweight you may experience a different rate of weight gain. Talk with your nurse or doctor about maintaining a healthy weight throughout your pregnancy.
Most early pregnancy loss — miscarriage — happens in the first trimester. About 15 percent of pregnancies end in miscarriage during the first trimester. Learn more about miscarriage.
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Baby in the arms of an adult in an upright position already in able to follow the toy for 30-40 seconds, turn the head to 180 degrees. It actively follows a stationary or moving object, the face of the adult talking to him. But eye movements are still poorly coordinated.
Many babies can squint with their eyes, which is natural at this age. K 4 month it disappears. Especially well the baby is entertained by mobile toys, which swing easily and smoothly in the air. It is important that the toy has a few clear details. The ideal distance to the toy is 30-50cm. Most toddlers love round objects and their favorite color is red, which is memorable since the time of intrauterine development.
By the end of 3 months, lying on his tummy, the baby already knows how to lean on his forearms and raise the head for 2-2.5 minutes.
This position provides the baby with new development opportunities! He is interested looks around and perceives the world around him from a different angle. More complete the mobility of the head is a great neurological achievement for him!
At 10-12 weeks, the most mobile babies begin to roll over from their back to tummy.
During this period, the so-called “hull stability” develops, which is the basic prerequisite for the first voluntary movements of the child and basis for independent activity.
While the baby is still most often lying on his back, because it is from this position that then it will be most convenient for him to sit down.
By the end of 3 months, the baby begins to feel more and more of his body. Take a closer look at him - he lies directly on his back, but at the same time his nose, chin, sternum, the navel and pubic bone form a straight line. And he plays with his hands in front of his face, examines his fingers, legs bent and slightly pulled up to the navel.
The complex of "revival" in response to the speech addressed to him is clearly expressed.
The baby is very actively looking for the source of the sound with his eyes, smiling in response to your smile. This smile is already called "social" because it occurs in response to on a human face. This is a huge step crumbs in the field of interhuman relationship!
At the end of 3 months, the Moro reflex should disappear in the baby (it consists in symmetrical abduction of the upper limbs with extension of the fingers, followed by adduction of the limbs and flexion of the fingers. ).
Note that now, with sudden exposure to light and sound, your the baby will not incoherently twist arms and legs. Playing with pens, baby bends the legs at the same time.
At 8-12 weeks, the grasping reflex also disappears. The baby has a conscious random grip.
From about 10 weeks, the baby begins to play enthusiastically with his hands, swipe with fingers. He tries to hold on to the toy, tries to touch something. with your own hands. This creates a connection between vision and action. Of course the baby is not immediately be able to grab the toy himself. He will gradually learn this.
With the support of the baby under the armpits, he already confidently leans for 45-60 seconds. about firm support with the feet of the legs bent at the hip joints.
The baby responds well to sounds.
If you gently take the baby in your arms and talk to him, he will be very study your face carefully. The baby peers into the expression of your facial expressions, listens to the tone of your voice, distinguishes the volume of your appeal to him. If you want to change the tone or volume of your speech, he will register it.
3-month-old child's daily routine: daily routine
By the age of three months, you will already notice how the baby has grown up, adapted to the new world, and his daily routine has become more understandable and predictable. And now an important period is coming in the life of a child, when it is necessary to pay special attention to the organization of the regimen, habits and conditions of sleep, so that in the future sleep does not turn into a problem.
Let's see what is worth remembering when organizing the daily routine of a three-month-old baby.
Child's daily routine
At three months of age, your baby needs about 15 hours of sleep per night. Most likely the child will sleep during the day 3-5 times for a total of about 4-5 hours. The duration of one daytime sleep will be 1-1.5 hours.
Night sleep will reach 10 hours with awakenings for feeding. This month, the stretches of uninterrupted night sleep are already quite long. And the mode of sleep and wakefulness by the end of the month becomes more stable and predictable.
When organizing a child's regimen, it is also worth paying attention to the optimal time of wakefulness. By three months, the baby can comfortably spend active time for about 1 hour 15 minutes - 1 hour 30 minutes. Prolonged wakefulness will lead to severe overwork - it will be difficult for the child to fall asleep, and sleep itself will be restless. To prevent this, it is important to watch for signs of fatigue and start putting the baby to bed as soon as they appear.
The day mode is not yet possible to make by the clock. But by 4 months, it is better to gradually shift the time of leaving into the night closer to 20 hours. It is important that the baby wakes up no later than 7-8 hours in the morning. Following these recommendations will thus gradually form the physiological regimen of the child's day in accordance with the biological rhythms of the child's body.
Thus, it is better to form a child's day regimen based on the time of wakefulness, taking into account the recommended sleep rates for this age.
Newborn sleep habits
At three months, parents may experience that the child:
Started to sleep short naps and as a result there is no stable sleep schedule
Responds to any stimuli
Wakes up very often at night
Stays on hand when laying down
Needs a breast or pacifier every time she wakes up
Sleeps only when moving in a wheelchair
Refuses to sleep in crib or wakes up when changing sleeping place
Therefore, now is the time to establish good sleep habits:
Enter the ritual before daytime and nighttime sleep, if you have not already done so. A ritual is a day-to-day routine that helps children relax and get ready for sleep: washing/bathing, massage, diaper and pajama/swaddling, feeding, reading a story/singing a lullaby, curtaining the windows, and turning on white noise. For a ritual of three months, 10 minutes during the day and 20-30 minutes in the evening are enough.
Create a comfortable sleeping environment: darken the room with thick curtains, use white noise to muffle extraneous sounds and help your child sleep longer. Make sure the room is no more than 25 degrees in summer and no more than 23 degrees in winter.
Try to sleep at home in your crib. In the stroller in the fresh air, the last day's sleep is possible.
Let your baby try to sleep on his own. If you are feeding, rocking, or holding your baby, try not to do this until you are completely asleep. Then put the half-asleep baby in the crib - he should fall asleep on his own. But do not insist if he cannot fall asleep right away. This way of laying down will help the baby learn to independently cross the last line to sleep, which will become an important basis for future sound sleep.
Check our chart to see if your child is getting enough sleep
Sample feeding schedule for a 3 month old baby
Babies at 3 months will need about 2-4 feedings per night, depending on whether your baby is breastfed or formula fed.
The baby is older and can take more breast milk or formula in one feeding. This means that he stays full longer and the intervals between feedings will be longer, and the duration of one feeding will become a little shorter.
The feeding schedule for this month is still under construction on demand. Your baby will likely eat every 2-3 hours during the day and every 3-4 hours at night.
If a three-month-old baby wakes up very often at night and you think that the introduction of complementary foods will change the situation, then this is not true. At this age, children are not yet ready to move on to adult food - now mother's milk and formula are the most healthy food for a newborn.
Development of an infant at 3 months
A three-month-old baby already knows a lot:
smile and laugh
keep head steady
imitate certain movements and facial expressions after an adult
take hands in mouth
recognize the face of mom and dad
push off with hands when laying on the tummy
grab toys and shake them
The development of these skills takes place at its own pace, taking into account the individual characteristics of the individual child.
Walking on the street, tell your child everything that you see around him, because he is already very interested in it.