Bodily Changes in 3rd Trimester
You’re in your final stretch of pregnancy. Here’s how to deal with the situations that arise as your body prepares itself for the finishing line.
Leaking urine when you cough or laugh can be embarrassing and a nuisance but the good news is, the situation is normal and usually temporary. Check though to ensure that you’re not leaking amniotic fluid.
Not A Wink
Baby’s somersaults and your growing belly may be keeping you up at night. Make yourself a warm drink before bed or take a warm bath to induce slumber and get a good night’s rest.
If your wedding ring feels tight and your shoes too snug, you’re experiencing something that affects three quarters of pregnant women. Oedema starts around week 22 to 27 of pregnancy as body fluids increase to nurture both you and baby and accumulate in your tissues as a result of increased blood flow. Mild swelling in your feet is normal but if your hands and face become puffy or the swelling persists for more than a day, call your doctor.
You should be breathing more easily now as your baby has descended lower into the pelvis. Known as lightening, this action usually happens two to three weeks before delivery for first-time mothers. You may feel twinges in the vaginal area as the baby’s head moves and exerts more pressure on the bladder and pelvic floor area.
You may feel your uterus tightening up in the coming weeks. Braxton-Hicks contractions are your body’s way of practising for the Big Day. Though uncomfortable, they are usually painless. They are not labour cramps and usually slow down when you’re less active. But if you’re less than 36 weeks pregnant and your contractions become persistent, call your doctor immediately.