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Guide To Your Changing Body During Pregnancy, 3rd Trimester

by | November 2, 2018

During the third trimester, you may be feeling excited or impatient to finally meet your baby. In the meantime, you’ll notice your changing body during pregnancy going through BIG physical changes, and I’m not just talking about your belly.

Heres what you can expect:

Stretch marks on the tummy, breasts, and thighs
Some women never lose their stretch marks.
However, after birth, the marks will gradually change from red or purple to tan or white and will be harder to see. Some say coconut oil helps, but personally, nothing worked for my changing body during pregnancy. I’m a proud tiger-striped Mama.

Dry, itchy skin
Avoid long, hot baths.
Apply oils or lotions to keep your skin moisturized, especially after a bath or shower.
Calamine lotion may relieve the itching.
Severe itching can be a sign of a serious liver condition. If your itching is severe, talk with your healthcare provider.

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Increased fatigue
Rest often and listen to your body during pregnancy.
Try not to over do it.

Muscle cramps in legs, especially at night
This can indicate low calcium. Talk to your healthcare provider about a calcium supplement.
Avoid getting overtired.
Elevate your feet.
Be physically active.
Take a warm bath and stretch your lower leg area before going to bed.

Hemorrhoids
Avoid constipation and straining.
Do your kegels.
Rest and sleep on your side with a pillow between your legs. Do not lie flat on your back.
Try not to sit or stand for long periods of time – change positions or walk around.
For relief, apply ice wrapped in a cloth to the affected area.

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Heartburn
Eat small, frequent meals.
Avoid fried, fatty, and spicy foods.
Drink lots of liquids between meals.
Elevate your head and shoulders while resting.
Do not bend or lie down immediately after eating.
Try not to wear tight waistbands. (I suggest a mumu)
Chew sugarless, non-peppermint gum.

Sudden groin pain.
Avoid sudden movement.
Bend slightly at the hips when you expect to cough or sneeze.

Shortness of breath
Baby is getting bigger and your uterus is pushing up on your diaphragm making it harder to breathe. Try taking deep, slow breaths through the mouth.

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Difficulty sleeping
Practice regular sleep habits.
Be physically active, or at least as much as you can be with your changing body during pregnancy.
Before going to bed try: taking a warm, relaxing bath, eating a snack with a warm drink.
Using extra pillows for support.
Practicing deep breathing and relaxation exercises.
Listening to relaxing music.

Crazy dreams
Thanks to pregnancy hormones, your dreams may be more vivid than ever as you near your due date. (Please feel free to share your craziest pregnancy dreams in the comments).

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Clumsiness and Baby-brain.
Your hormones are on overdrive, your belly is throwing you off balance and you’re more forgetful than ever.

Round Ligament Pain
As your round ligaments (which support your lower abdomen) stretch to accommodate your growing bump, you may feel cramps or sharp pain. There’s not much you can do other than take it easy.

Improved breathing
This may mean you baby has moved down into your pelvis in preparation for birth.

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Increased need to pee
Pee regularly.
Avoid caffeine.
Do pelvic floor (Kegel) exercises.

Varicose veins
You may notice these bulging veins in your lower body due to all of the extra blood you’re pumping. The good news: If you didn’t have them before pregnancy, they’ll likely disappear after you deliver.

Braxton Hicks Contractions:
You may find you get increased Braxton Hicks (pre-labour). This is normal. Your uterus is contracting to soften and thin your cervix in preparation for labor. If you plan to give birth in a hospital, this is a good time to
pack your hospital bag. Arrange care for your home and any older children while you are in the hospital

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Swelling of Feet and Ankles
Some swelling is normal, but if your feet or ankles swell enormously all of a sudden please call your healthcare provider as it may be a sign of something more serious.
Some swelling is normal, but if your feet or ankles swell enormously all of a sudden please call your healthcare provider as it may be a sign of something more serious.

What other changes to your body during pregnancy did you notice? Let us know in the comments below.

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One Response to “Guide To Your Changing Body During Pregnancy, 3rd Trimester”

  1. Jenny Chambers
    November 3rd, 2018 @ 5:36 pm

    Itching in pregnancy doesn’t always have to be severe to be a symptom of intrahepatic cholestasis of pregnancy (ICP) and it’s very important that pregnant women know this. Any itching from as early as 8 weeks (yes, you can develop ICP this early) may be a sign of the condition so it’s important to mention it to health professionals. I work in research into the condition so please check our website out for further information. Jenny Chambers, CEO, ICP Support

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