Most pregnant women agree that the third trimester can be very tiring and uncomfortable. It can be very stressful and physically challenging. As your baby keeps on growing bigger, you will feel uncomfortable and tired and even moving can become a little bit challenging. In addition, there are certain 3rd trimester pains that you’ll face. So, let’s take a look at the most popular 3rd trimester pregnancy pains:
By hitting your 30th week of pregnancy, you’ll notice that not only your belly is growing bigger, but also (edema) will start showing in your body, especially in your lower extremities, such as your feet and ankles.
During pregnancy, your growing uterus keeps putting extra pressure on your veins that transfer blood to your heart, leaving all the extra fluid to pond in your lower limbs. Accordingly, this pressure causes these veins to become swollen or look purple or blue.
In order to relieve this pain, avoid walking for too much time, if you have to stand for a long time, take a break every couple hours to sit down and put your feet up for 15 minutes. By doing so, you will help gravity to pull fluids from your legs back into your circulatory system.
Back and hip pain
During pregnancy, you will keep gaining weight every week throughout your whole journey. These extra pounds will mainly put extra pressure on your back and hips. Besides, your body produces increased levels of progesterone that relax your joints and make the muscles adapt with the continually growing uterus.
In order to relieve the back and hip pain, make sure to wear a support belt under and over the belly to take some of the weight off the hips and back. During sitting down, place pillows under your hips or try sitting on a yoga ball instead of a chair. In addition, take a warm bath and use some heating pads on your hips or back to relieve the pain.
3. Breast pain
All pregnant women suffer sore breasts throughout their pregnancy. Basically, breast pain happens because of the hormonal changes occurring inside your body that prepare them for milk production to feed your little baby. Women with small breasts may notice that they have more pain than women with large breasts. In order to relieve this pain, try to buy new bras to keep up with your growing breasts throughout pregnancy.
Rushing into bathrooms frequently can be one of the most annoying sides of the third trimester. In fact, the volume of fluids running through your kidneys increases to almost the double rate during pregnancy, which means that you will need to pee twice as much. As your baby keeps on growing, he or she will put extra pressure on your bladder. Unfortunately, there is nothing you can do about this. You need to stay hydrated so you have to keep drinking even if this leads to frequent urination. Get ready for more urination and get prepared for this. For instance, search for the nearest rest room where you’re staying and always look for a back-up one if it’s occupied.