Discomfort During Pregnancy

The third trimester of pregnancy can be the most exciting as your baby rapidly develops and your body continues to change in preparation for delivery. Your baby’s movements will likely become more and more obvious as you experience kicking, shifting and other sensations.

As exciting as this is, it can also mean additional and increasing discomfort on your body. Here are some common symptoms of late pregnancy and how to deal with them to help you understand what to expect and hopefully decrease your discomfort.

Why Do I have Backaches?

Backaches are a very typical symptom that will affect most women in the third trimester. Back pain is caused by the changes in your body. Strain coming from weight gain is the most obvious cause. Also, pregnancy hormones will begin to relax the joints between the bones in your pelvic area, which can cause aches in the back and hips.

Backache Relief Idea:

Try to avoid prolonged standing as this may cause strain, and when you sit choose a chair with proper back support. Putting your feet up on an ottoman or stool may also help to relieve discomfort. Massages can also be helpful, either from a professional or from your partner.

Why Do I have Swelling?

Swelling is an almost unavoidable issue during the third trimester. Your expanding uterus puts pressure on the veins that return blood from your lower extremities, causing swelling in your feet and ankles. Also, fluid retention and dilated blood vessels may cause some puffiness in your face.

Swelling Relief Idea:

To reduce the symptoms of swelling, use a cold compress on the areas that are affected. Lying down to rest and elevating your feet can help with foot and ankle swelling. Some women experience relief by a light swim or simply relaxing in a pool – as long as it’s approved by your doctor.

Why Do I have Heartburn?

Heartburn during late pregnancy is caused by your uterus pushing your stomach and shifting it out of its normal position.

Heartburn Relief Idea:

Eating smaller, more frequent meals instead of three regular meals may help to ease heartburn. Drinking plenty of fluids may help as well. Talk to your doctor if symptoms persist or are severe.

Stretch marks and Frequency urination

Stretch marks are common in the third trimester as your abdomen and other areas continue to expand. Pink, red or purple streaks can also appear along your breasts, buttocks and thighs. Though stretch marks can’t be prevented, moisturizers can help and they will eventually fade.

Frequent urination is a late pregnancy symptom caused by pressure on your bladder as your baby moves deeper into your pelvis. This pressure may also cause you to leak urine during a laugh, cough or sneeze. This is totally normal, however you should watch for signs of a urinary track infection which include burning during urination, fever, and abdominal or back pain.

With so many changes happening to your baby and your body, it’s no wonder that the third trimester can be exciting as well as uncomfortable. Remember to eat healthy, stay positive and if you have symptoms that seem severe, persistent or unusual, ask your doctor.