Changes You May Experience During Third Trimester

Changes You May Experience During Third Trimester of Pregnancy | Dr Monika Agrawal

You have waited for months to reach your Third Trimester of pregnancy. Now is the time to add finishing touches to your baby’s development. These three months can be very tough to face due to your baby’s big size and position, but always remember – your due date is just around the corner; and soon, it will be time to hold that baby in your arms!

Change that you may experience during the third trimester.

BACKACHE

  • Your back may hurt due to the extra weight gained now. 
  • Hormonal changes relax the joints between your pelvic bones, which may cause discomfort in your pelvic area. This is to prepare your body for labor.

What can you do ?

  • Sit straight and use a chair with good back support.
  • Sleep on your left side with a pillow between your legs.
  • Wear low-heeled comfortable shoes.
  • A heating pad can help relieve back pain, but use with after discussing it with your doctor.

BLEEDING

  • It is a cause of concern and danger to your child; it could be a sign of preterm labor. 

What can you do ?

  • Consult your doctor immediately if your notice any spotting

BRAXTON HICKS CONTRACTIONS 

  • These mild contractions feel like labor, but they are just warm-ups before the actual labor.
  • True labor contractions are longer, more intense and closer together.

What can you do ?

  • Consult your doctor immediately if your face turns red and you feel shortness of breath after your contractions.

BREAST ENLARGEMENT

  • Your breasts become heavy and fuller, to prepare for milk production
  • As the due date comes closer, some yellowish fluids start leaking for your nipples, this liquid is called colostrum.
  • Colostrum is rich in nutrients which helps to protect the baby against infections and promotes health during childhood and in later years. 

What can you do ?

  • Wear a supportive bra.

VAGINAL DISCHARGE

  • More vaginal discharge is common now.
  • A thick, clear or slightly blood-tinged discharge is a sign that your cervix has started dilating for labor.

What can you do ?

  • Consult your doctor immediately if you notice a sudden rush of fluids.

FREQUENT  URINATION

  • Your baby’s head puts pressure on your urinary bladder making you go to the bathroom more frequently.
  • You may experience leakage of urine or coughing, sneezing, laughing or exercising. 

What can you do ?

  • Go to the bathroom whenever you feel the urge of urination.
  • Avoid drinking  fluids just before going to sleep.
  • Consult your doctor if you experience pain or burning with urination; this can be a sign of infection.

HEARTBURN & CONSTIPATION

  • Hormonal changes may sometimes cause burning feelings in your chest; this is quite normal.
  • Hormonal changes can also affect food movements through the intestine, leading to constipation.

What can you do ?

To relieve heartburn

  • Have more frequent, smaller meals throughout the day.
  • Avoid greasy, spicy, and acidic food.

In case of constipation

  • Eat a fiber-rich diet. 
  • Drink lots of fluids. 
  • Be physically active.

SPIDER & VARICOSE VEINS

  • Your body will send extra blood to your growing baby, causing tiny red veins on your skin known as ‘spider veins’ (these will fade slowly after childbirth).
  • Your growing baby can put pressure on your legs and slow down the blood flow to this area, leading to swollen and blue/purple veins ( called varicose veins)

What can you do ?

Prevent varicose veins from getting worse by : 

  • Moving as much throughout the day.
  • Raising up legs on a stool while sitting for longer hours
  • Wearing compression stocking for extra support

Varicose veins should improve within 3 months after you deliver your baby.

Consult Dr.Monika Agarwal for tips and advice for your pregnancy journeys. 

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