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Third trimester: Your emotions


During pregnancy, the following increase your chance of depression:

  • history of depression or substance abuse
  • family history of mental illness
  • lack of support
  • anxiety about your baby
  • problems with other pregnancies or births marriage or money problems.

Source: Minnesota Hospital Association (

During this trimester you may be excited about planning for your baby's arrival and getting a space ready. Some days you may be wondering what kind of parent you will be and be less eager for the baby to be born. Your body has changed so much you may wonder if it will ever go back to the way it was before you got pregnant.

As your due date draws near, you may be impatient for your baby to be born. Or, you may be anxious about giving birth. Talking with other pregnant women in childbirth and parenting classes may be helpful.

Your partner is also preparing for your baby's birth. Sharing your feelings is an important part of a strong relationship and being a parent. Schedule dates for quiet time together.


Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Beginnings: Pregnancy, Birth and Beyond, sixth edition, preg-ahc-90026, ISBN 1-931876-25-8

First published: 10/04/2002
Last updated: 08/22/2011

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts