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Congratulations! You made it to the third trimester. You are that much closer to having your little one in your arms! Even though this trimester might come with some different challenges, you can do it!
By the third trimester, it is pretty safe to say that you have gained some weight, and may even be swelling up. The extra weight from your baby and the fluids in your body can get pretty heavy and your back and joints are probably starting to hurt. Luckily there are some ways to help ease that pain. Start by keeping your body cool and drinking lots of water. You should also reduce your caffeine intake, and elevate your feet when they get swollen. Also, eating healthy foods can help prevent unnecessary weight gain.
Another big challenge that affects nearly 75% of all pregnant women according to the American Pregnancy Association is insomnia and weird dreams. It is hard for a lot of pregnant women to stay asleep because of general discomfort from growing bellies or body aches, but you could also experience heartburn, anxiety, or even a full bladder that forces you to get up in the middle of the night. Many pregnant women also experience weird dreams at night because of their changing hormones, and from feeling all sorts of different emotions. But don’t stress about it too much! There are ways to help with insomnia like, buying a pregnancy pillow! You will wonder why you didn’t get one sooner. Also, limit your caffeine intake right before bed, and limit your naps during the day if you can. You can also try getting into a regular exercise routine.
Heartburn.. Every pregnant woman's worst nightmare. It seems like no matter how hard we try, there is no escape. A life saver for me has been Alka Seltzer heartburn tablets which you can get just about anywhere. You can also try mints, gum, eating small meals throughout the day, and not laying down right after you eat.
Fatigue is also a big challenge pretty much throughout your whole pregnancy, but even more so in the last couple of months. It is totally normal to take a few naps during the day if it helps you. You can also try exercising, eating healthy foods, drinking lots of water, and even participating in things that make you happy and calm. Sometimes getting into a nice daily routine will help you, but don’t feel bad if you just need to sit on the couch and do nothing. You are growing a human being and that requires a lot!
A big challenge for me has been the pain that I feel in my back and pelvic area from all of the extra weight. Many other women will experience pain down low and unfortunately that is just part of being pregnant. What has really helped me is taking regular warm baths, and walking frequently to keep my muscles from getting cold.
There are many other challenges that pregnant women may face during the final months of their pregnancy that are just part of the journey. We know it is not easy being pregnant, so take this time to spoil yourself and get all the rest that you need. Be sure to talk to your doctor about anything that concerns you, and remember that you are doing a wonderful job!