Changes in Your Third Trimester of Pregnancy

by Pregnancy.org Staff

There are a number of changes that take place in your third trimester of pregnancy. Here are a few you're well-acquainted with, we're sure! List the ones that were a surprise for you in the comments!

Get Acquainted with Your Changes

Breast Changes tenderness, fullness, darkening of the areola

  • A well-fitted bra with cotton straps that support the breasts may prevent much of the discomfort associated with pregnancy changes

Frequent Urination

  • Omit or decrease the amount of caffeine coffee, tea, colas, and chocolate)
  • Decrease fluid intake 2-3 hours before bedtime
  • Drink at least 8-10 glasses of fluid daily
  • Do your Kegel exercises

Constipation

  • Maintain an adequate fluid intake
  • Include fiber in your diet
  • Take regular walks

Varicose Veins

  • Avoid long periods of sitting or standing
  • On of the best ways to prevent the development of varicose veins is to sit with your legs elevated, this promotes better blood flow.

Indigestion or heartburn

Preventing heartburn is the best way to deal with it! Here are some helpful hints for avoiding heartburn:

  • Eat smaller meals throughout the day versus three larger meals at typical mealtimes
  • Avoid lying down shortly after eating
  • Avoid spicy or greasy foods

If you are experiencing heartburn there are a few natural things you can do to relieve the symptoms:

  • Eat yogurt or drink a glass of milk
  • Try a tablespoon of honey in a glass of warm milk

Occasional headaches

The best way to deal with headaches is to avoid them altogether. Avoiding tension headaches is easiest when you practice good health tips:

  • Keep good posture (especially during the third trimester)
  • Get plenty of rest and relaxation
  • Exercise
  • Eat well-balanced meals

Stretch Marks

  • Cocoa butter can help
  • These will fade with time

Itching

  • Skin lotion or cream is often helpful for dry skin.
  • Remember to use sunscreen when outdoors to prevent sunburn

Round ligament pains

  • Avoid sudden, jerky movements
  • Apply a hot water bottle to areas that are sore
  • Bend toward the point of pain to allow the muscle to relax
  • Breathe deeply during the spasm and, if possible, lie down on your side until it passes
  • Stretching exercises - groin stretches, sit-ups and pelvic tilts
  • Massage the affected area

Hemorrhoids

The good news is that hemorrhoids usually improve after the baby is delivered. In the meantime, there are a number of treatments you can use to treat hemorrhoids. Any one or more of the following may help relieve hemorrhoids:

  • Place baking soda (wet or dry) in the area to remove the itch
  • Take warm baths with baking soda in the water
  • Use witch hazel or lemon juice to reduce swelling or bleeding
  • Take a herbal sitz bath
  • Use Tucks pads
  • Use Comfrey or Yellow-dock root ointment

What can you do to prevent hemorrhoids during pregnancy?

The best thing to do during pregnancy to prevent hemorrhoids is to avoid getting constipated. If you are constipated, try to avoid straining during bowel movements. Try the following to prevent constipation:

  • Eat a high fiber diet
  • Drink plenty of fluids
  • Drink prune juice
  • Do not delay going to the bathroom
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
  • Take the homeopathic remedy Nux Vomica 6X three times a day

Changes

Pregnancy and the anticipation of a new baby usually results in many changes in your life and the life of your family. Some of these changes include:

  • Adapting to a new role (mother, father, big brother, or big sister).
  • A new and/or different network of friends and acquaintances.
  • Increased or decreased sexual activity.
  • Adjusting to new time and financial limitations.

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