Reduce the discomfort of the third trimester of pregnancy with these simple tips.
From week 28 onwards, the final stretch of pregnancy begins, the difficult third trimester, where the baby’s growth is accelerated and with it the discomfort for the mother increases. This translates into problems falling asleep, feeling tired, swollen hands and feet, worries about childbirth, among many others that reduce the tranquility and enthusiasm with which the beginning of this journey to motherhood is experienced.
By attending regular check-ups with your doctor, she will tell you that everything you feel now is normal and far from diminishing it could increase until it is time to give birth. This does not give you security and peace of mind, on the contrary, it can increase your stress by losing patience with these discomforts. In my experience as a new mother, how you will live it depends a lot on your state of health, because despite being a healthy person, the last few months abound with uncomfortable discomfort. I share with you some tips that helped me survive the third trimester of pregnancy, hoping they will be useful to you:
Take small naps during the day
Having a feeling of constant sleep is normal and taking one or more small naps during the day will help you continue with your daily activities, if you work, try to clear your free time from some activities so that you have time to recharge your batteries in a comfortable way. Ask someone to give you a little massage, take a bath before bed, listen to relaxing music, or smell some aromatherapy scent to help you rest better.
Go to the bathroom as often as you need
It is annoying having to use the toilet so many times a day, but it is necessary. The baby is now bigger and crushes your bladder, which can no longer hold as much fluid as it used to, so it is more common for you to feel like urinating. Don’t hold back, as this contributes to developing urinary tract infection that could trigger premature labor. Do not stop drinking water either, because you and your child need this vital liquid more than ever.
My advice is to always be ready to go to the bathroom anywhere. Carry some toilet paper in your bag, as well as disinfectant gel to kill bacteria after relieving yourself, especially if you spend time away from home and have to go to the toilet in public places such as shopping centers or your workplace.
Rest your feet up
It doesn’t matter if your feet have swollen or not, lying down and putting your feet up, whether leaning against the wall or on top of several pillows, will help improve circulation in your legs. It is advisable to rest your feet in this way every 4 or 5 hours for 5 minutes, also avoiding staying a long time in the same position, either sitting or standing, in addition to considerably reducing the consumption of foods with salt. Remember that apart from alleviating the swelling of the feet, this prevents the appearance of varicose veins that we are prone to during pregnancy.
Sleep on your left side
At night, it is advisable to sleep lying on the left side, since if you do it on your back or on the right side we press the vena cava, which is the largest vein in the body through which a significant flow of blood circulates. By lying on the left side, we avoid the pressure of the body’s weight on this vein, favoring the blood supply to the placenta and providing a greater amount of oxygen and nutrients for the baby. If you can’t tolerate this position, put a pillow under your belly and between your legs, some people even put one on their back, this depends on how you best accommodate yourself.
Learn about childbirth
It is difficult to avoid worry about such an important event, but being informed gives you a lot of security. Read some books or magazines, watch videos and documentaries about it so that you have accurate information about what can happen and how you should react. If you have the opportunity, attend a psychoprophylactic course where they will teach you some techniques to control pain and breathing during delivery.
Something very important is to take the best of the birth stories that they tell you, they regularly tell us the worst that can happen and that tends to scare us. A good attitude will help you maintain calm during these last days with your baby inside you, remember that you are responsible for his development and that your emotions influence him. Follow these tips and I am sure that the last stage of pregnancy will not be so difficult.