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Dealing With Discomforts during Last Trimester

The last trimester of your pregnancy is the last lap of your journey to motherhood. But carrying a baby throughout the pregnancy period is not a cake walk. Here are some common discomforts that mothers may experience during third trimester and tips for dealing with them.  

Being aware of the common discomforts one experiences in the last trimester, can help alleviate many of these symptoms and prepare you for the birthing process. Knowing how to manage these common pain and discomforts can make pregnancy less of a burden and make your experience of being pregnant a memorable one.

Dealing with False Labour

Braxton Hicks Contractions or false labour contractions are very common among women in last trimester of their pregnancy. By 36 weeks, you might start experiencing painful sensations of tightening that come and go. Unlike true contractions, they do not follow a certain rhythm and generally decrease gradually. These Braxton Hicks Contractions may be common but can cause significant discomfort to the expecting mother.

You have to remember that experiencing false labour contractions is normal and it helps you prepare your body for the real labour. To deal with the cramping around pubic bone, you can perform prenatal yoga and simple breathing exercises under the supervision of a certified trainer and after consulting your doctor. Such exercises will reduce pain and tightening around the uterus. Although, Braxton Hicks Contractions are common, all women may not necessarily experience them.


Dealing with Shortness of Breath

As you progress further in your pregnancy and reach the last trimester, you might experience lethargy and shortness of breath. To deal with these symptoms, here are a few tips you can follow:

  • Lying on sides
  • Using extra pillows to prop oneself up when in bed
  • Keeping back straight while sitting
  • Lifting arms over one’s head when out of breath . 

If you experience sudden shortness of breath accompanied with visual disturbances and persistent head ache, you should seek immediate medical help.


Dealing with Incontinence

Incontinence or leaking of urine from bladder is one of the most common discomforts most of the expecting mother’s experience, especially in the last trimester. As the foetus grows, there is increased pressure on the bladder of the mother. This might cause the urine to leak with sudden movements.

To deal with incontinence, you can try practicing Kegel exercises. By regularly practicing these Kegel exercises you can tighten the muscles around your pelvis and limit the amount of urine that leaks through your bladder. You must consult your doctor before practising this exercise and practise it only after seeking right training from a certified trainer.

Dealing with Mood Swings and Sexual Urges  

In your last trimester, you might experience a wide array of emotions such as exhaustion, irritability, ecstasy or even depression. Instead of dealing it yourself and putting your baby at risk, involve your partner by sharing your feelings.

You might also experience increased libido in your last trimester due to hormone imbalance. If you are at high risk of pregnancy related complications like premature labour, your obstetrician might ask you to postpone intercourse until you give birth.

Avoid having intercourse if:

  • You experience spotting or have vaginal bleeding
  • You have frequent painful contractions
  • Your water has broken
  • You are coping with any kind of vaginal infection 

Dealing with Waddling

In your last trimester of pregnancy, you have higher levels of hormones in your system that can severely affect your bones. By the end of pregnancy, you might experience less mobility in your joints, especially hip joints and knees. Softening of your joints along with enlarged abdomen can cause you to experience waddling. You can begin to experience trouble walking, standing up or down and might lose your balance easily that can out the mother at risk of miscarriage.

You can deal with waddling by staying physically active during your pregnancy. By engaging in light exercises meant for pregnant women and keeping your weight in check, you can avoid the discomfort caused by waddling in your last trimester of pregnancy and also prevent accidents that can harm both you and your baby.

Along with all the increased discomforts and pain, you also reach closer to having your baby in third trimester. By dealing with these following discomforts efficiently you can make your pregnancy a joyful and healthy experience. 

What kind of discomforts may arise during the third trimester? How to avoid common discomforts during third trimester? How to stay healthy and fit during third trimester? Discuss here.

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