Published Date : 1st January 2016
This is the most emotionally and physically challenging trimester of the pregnancy. The size of the baby and its positions might make you uncomfortable. You will be tired of being pregnant and will wish to move on to the next phase. A positive outlook will help you and the feeling of holding the new born will keep you going.
Third Trimester Pregnancy:
As the baby is growing, his/her movements will become very obvious. These wonderful sensations will be accompanied by discomfort and third trimester symptoms.
Continuous Breast growth:
When you will be reaching your due date; you might have added almost a kilo of breast tissue. By the time you reach your delivery date, your nipples would start leaking colostrum – a yellowish fluid which will nourish the baby when breast fed in the first few days of his/her life.
Gain Of Weight:
If the BMI of yours was normal before pregnancy; you will gain almost 25 to 35 pounds before the delivery. Apart from the weight of the amniotic fluid, placenta, larger breasts and uterus fat, the weight of the baby also counts.
Braxton Hicks Contractions:
These are nothing but the warm up contractions for the real thing. They come and go unpredictably and are weak. If this appears to be painful for you; consult your healthcare provider.
The relaxation of the joints between the pelvic areas occurs due to the pregnancy hormones. These can be quite tough for your back. Few quick tips to counter this includes choosing a chair with good back support, keeping a heating pad/ice pad handy for the painful areas, wear shoes with good arch support and ask your partner for a massage. If the pain still persists with other symptoms; consult your healthcare provider.
Shortness Of Breath:
The uterus expands beneath the diaphragm, the muscles that just below your lungs hence causing you shortness of breath. Take different postures to help your lungs expand easily.
Varicose Veins, Spider Veins And Hemorrhoid:
Tiny red veins called the spider veins might be caused due to the increased blood circulation. You can also find the presence of varicose veins beneath the surface of your skin that are purple or blue in color. Varicose veins in the rectum (hemorrhoid) are also possible.
You can elevate your legs to counter the pain or wear stockings avoid constipation by eating a lot of fiber in your diet which will hence prevent hemorrhoid.
The baby has moved deeper into your pelvis causing more pressure on your bladder. Your urination frequency not only increases but can also cause leaking when you laugh, sneeze or cough. You can use panty lines for comfort.
Look out for any urinary tract infection such as pain, fever or backache. Consult your healthcare provider as soon as you see any of these symptoms.
There will heavy discharge during the end of pregnancy. If the discharge contains amniotic fluid; its time to consult your healthcare provider.