Welcome on board. First, I would like to congratulate mummies out there especially those who experienced more than one pregnancies. Congratulation and you deserve a salute from your partner and of course from me, soon mother to be.
Pregnancy will never be as easy as ABC, it seems to be the hardest point of life as a wife/woman. The more you counting the day for baby to pop out, the more difficulties you will experienced especially when you reach third trimester of your pregnancy.
I am not trying to freak you out. It is just a soft reminder so that you will be prepared mentally and physically and be positive always. Did I mentioned A-L-W-A-Y-S? yes, Always. I almost get pregnancy blues. Thank you to Hubby, mom, families and friends for the awesome support and tips.
Below are some of the well I could say as expected symptoms we will experienced during Third Trimester of pregnancy. But this will subject to term and condition LOL. Some may experienced all of the below symptopm and some may not.
Continued breast growth
Not only pregnancy could change the size of your breast, It will triple the size of your whole body. By now, you might have an additional 2 pounds (nearly 1 kilogram) of
As delivery approaches, your nipples could start leaking
colostrum — the yellowish fluid that will nourish your baby during the
first few days of life.
Tips: Apply hot pad on breast could reduce the discomfort and get special bra to support your breast. I choose to use SKIVA. Thank you Mother in Law!
By your due date, expect to weigh 25 to 35 pounds (about 11 to 16
kilograms) more than you did before pregnancy. Your baby accounts for
some of the weight gain, but so do the placenta, amniotic fluid, larger
breasts and uterus, extra fat stores, and increased blood and fluid
Tips : But most of the time, Your midwife or your doctor will keep on blaming you for weight gain and blame your diet. Sometimes you not even take so much food on your daily diet. But you still put on weight. Please bear in mind that you need to be positive! and not get mad easily when your midwife ask you to reduce weight.
Braxton Hicks contractions
These contractions are warm-ups for the real thing. They're usually weak
and come and go unpredictably. True labor contractions get longer,
stronger and closer together. If you're having contractions that are
painful or regular, contact your health care provider.
Check how often you could feel the contraction based on your pregnancy week.
Tips: Get your hubby to rub your back. I believe it could reduce 30% of your pain.
Haaa no exceptional for this backaches pain. If you think your period backache pain is tougher, get pregnant and feel this. You will cry and scream out loud.
As your baby continues to gain weight, pregnancy hormones relax the
joints between the bones in your pelvic area. These changes can be tough
on your back. Sometimes I could feel around my waist as well.
When you sit, choose chairs with good back support. Apply a heating pad
or ice pack to the painful area. Ask your partner for a massage. Wear
low-heeled — but not flat — shoes with good arch support. If the back
pain doesn't go away or is accompanied by other signs and symptoms,
contact your health care provider.
Shortness of breath
What I could tell about this is, sometimes you feel like you just finished 100km marathon non stop.
You might get winded easily as your uterus expands beneath your
diaphragm, the muscle just below your lungs. This might improve when the
baby settles deeper into your pelvis before delivery. In the meantime,
practice good posture and sleep with your upper body propped up on
pillows to relieve pressure on your lungs.
Tips: Make sure you sit or stand at the open place. Avoid crowd. and don't throw yourself inside the Sardine Can. Or else you will find yourself hard to breath.
During the third trimester, your growing uterus might push your stomach
out of its normal position — which can contribute to heartburn. To keep
stomach acid where it belongs, eat small meals and drink plenty of
fluids between meals.
Tips: Try your best to Avoid fried foods, FAST FOOD(I found it so hard to avoid this, so I reduce one month once), carbonated drinks, citrus
fruits or juices, and spicy foods.
If these tips don't help, ask your
health care provider about antacids.
Aye Aye Aye you will feel like a balloon in your third trimester. I am trying so hard to keep myself positive. I couldn't wear my wedding ring. I couldn't put nice heel when attending friend's wedding. I feel like a Sumo right now.
As your growing uterus puts pressure on the veins that return blood from
your feet and legs, swollen feet and ankles might become an issue. At
the same time, swelling in your legs, arms or hands can place pressure
on nerves, causing tingling or numbness.
Fluid retention and dilated
blood vessels might leave your face and eyelids puffy, especially in the
morning. If you have persistent face or eyelid swelling, contact your
health care provider.
Tips: To reduce swelling, lie down or use a footrest. You might even elevate
your feet and legs while you sleep. It can also help to swim or simply
stand in a pool.
Spider veins, varicose veins and hemorrhoids
Increased blood circulation might cause tiny red veins, known as spider
veins, to appear on your skin. Blue or reddish lines beneath the surface
of the skin (varicose veins) also might appear, particularly in the
Varicose veins in your rectum (hemorrhoids) are another
If you have painful varicose veins, elevate your legs and wear support
stockings. To prevent hemorrhoids, avoid constipation. Include plenty of
fiber in your diet and drink lots of fluids.
When you are at your workplace, you will find yourself running to restroom more frequent.
As your baby moves deeper into your pelvis, you'll feel more pressure on
your bladder. You might find yourself urinating more often, even during
the night. This extra pressure might also cause you to leak urine —
especially when you laugh, cough or sneeze. If you're worried about
leaking urine, panty liners can offer a sense of security.
Continue to watch for signs of a urinary tract infection, such as
urinating even more than usual, burning during urination, fever,
abdominal pain or backache. Left untreated, urinary infections increase
the risk of pregnancy complications.
Potentially heavy vaginal discharge is common at the end of pregnancy.
If you saturate a panty liner within a few hours or wonder if the
discharge is leaking amniotic fluid, contact your health care provider.
As your baby grows, his or her movements will become more obvious. These
exciting sensations are often accompanied by increasing discomfort and
other third trimester pregnancy symptoms. So What I could conclude right now is there is a price that you need to pay to get something in return. It sound harsh but, Yes its true. As I mentioned earlier, whatever it is try to be as positive as you could. So that you won't feel the pressure during pregnancy. I already share what is expected during pregnancy and at least you will have plenty of time to prepare yourself.