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
- Using extra
pillows to prop oneself up when in bed
- Keeping back
straight while sitting
- Lifting arms
over oneâ€™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 motherâ€™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
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
- You are coping
with any kind of vaginal infection
Dealing with Waddling
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.
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.
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