Symptoms you experience in the third trimester of pregnancy
The last three months of pregnancy are full of contrasting states. You're excited because you got here, but you feel tired all the time. The discomfort created by the growing belly appears, and visits to the toilet will prevent you from having a restful sleep.
Here are the specific symptoms of the third trimester of pregnancy and how you can improve them.
Fatigue is becoming more pronounced
The tiredness and drowsiness return in the third trimester of pregnancy and you will wake up after a few hours of quiet sleep. The discomfort during the night increases with your tummy and no matter how long you want to fall asleep, you can hardly find a comfortable position.
However, there are some tricks to maintain your energy level during this period. Easy physical exercises can help you have quieter nights and will give you energy. Sport puts your blood in motion and invigorates you. In addition, exercise stimulates serotonin secretion, also known as the "happiness hormone." They will help you to relax and have a general well-being. The key word when it comes to pregnancy movement is moderation. Easy gymnastics, outdoor walks, swimming and yoga will help you in this regard without being exposed to any risk.
Nutrition also plays an important role when it comes to energy levels. Eat small, thick portions and don't forget about healthy snacks between meals. Avoid processed sweets and opt instead for nuts, almonds or dried fruits.
If fatigue becomes more pronounced and you feel lethargic, talk to your doctor. You may be suffering from anemia, in which case your doctor will prescribe iron supplements.
Your posture will suffer due to the extra pounds and the growing belly, so you can expect quite large back pain. Increased levels of hormones will weaken your joints, increasing discomfort.
These pains can be alleviated with the help of bodies specially designed to support the tummy. Also, at night, you can use a pillow to support the belly, which you can find in any store with items for future mothers. You will have a more restful sleep and the pains will not bother you at night if you sleep on one side and keep the pillow between your knees.
Do not lift weights when it is not necessary and try to clean yourself as much as possible.
The uterus and baby will put pressure on your bladder in the third trimester. This means that visits to the toilet will become more frequent, but also that the need will appear suddenly and will be uncontrollable. Over 40% of women at first pregnancy have episodes of urinary incontinence when the pregnancy is advanced.
It may sound a little strange, but the doctors recommend that you do a urination program. You go to the bath once every hour, so that need not be difficult to control. After a week or two you will be able to extend the time between visits to the bathroom, without incontinence. Avoid coffee and drinks that contain caffeine in general, as caffeine has a diuretic effect.
Even if it is not very pleasant to go to the toilet often, this does not mean you should consume less fluids. Drink 8 glasses of water daily to keep you hydrated, to stimulate digestion, but also to avoid the accumulation of bacteria in the bladder and urinary tract.
Nearly half of future mothers suffer from heartburn in the latter part of pregnancy. Hormones cause muscle weakness that prevents stomach acid from reaching the esafog, so a burning sensation occurs in the head of the chest. Another factor that leads to this sensation is the fact that your uterus occupies much of the abdominal cavity at this time, so that the stomach tightens towards the upper part of the abdomen, closer to the esophagus. They are not a danger to your health or your baby, but they are unpleasant and annoying.
Avoid foods that cause heartburn in general - spicy foods, with lots of spices or very fatty foods, fried in hot oil, as well as drinks containing caffeine. Acidic juices, citrus juices, sweet milk or ice cream are also not recommended.
Instead, it consumes small, thick portions of food, with snacks between the main tables. This way you avoid filling the stomach and gastric reflux, which causes your burning sensation. Tea with a little fresh ginger and a teaspoon of baking soda dissolved in water can help improve these sensations. Most heartburn medications are allowed for pregnant women, but it is best to talk to your doctor before calling them.
Swollen legs and ankles
In medical terms, swelling of the legs and ankles is called edema and is caused by pressure of the uterus on the veins in the lower body. Swelling is also caused by water retention caused by pregnancy hormones. It will not only appear swelling of the ankles and feet, but also sensations of tingling or numbness in their level.
Foot edema may be reduced to some extent if you avoid standing too long or in the same position. Do not stand cross-legged, and when sitting on the couch use a small footrest. During the night, use a pillow to keep your feet higher than the rest of your body. Lie in bed whenever you can.
Compressive socks, a warm bath or a few visits to a swimming pool can be helpful.
Your breasts are getting bigger and ready to produce baby milk. In the last months of pregnancy the nipples could secrete colostrum. This is a special milk, which nourishes the baby in the first days after birth and is considered the food that gives it the start of the child's life, being full of nutrients necessary for the development of the baby.
Wear cotton bras and bras during this period to avoid irritation of the breasts and nipples. It is advisable to wear them even during the night so that the bigger breasts do not disturb in sleep.