Each portion of your pregnancy will have its unique ups and downs. Just as one symptom starts to fade out, another begins to appear. Although not every woman has the same experience during their pregnancy, there are common symptoms which most share.
Here are some of the things that you should anticipate will occur during the last phase of your pregnancy during the third trimester.
Braxton Hicks Contractions
As your body is preparing itself for labor, you will start to experience premature contractions known as Braxton Hicks. Although the first time that you feel them, you may believe that it’s time to panic and jump in the first cab to go to urgent care, there is no need for alarm.
It’s all part of the process of your body getting ready for the day you go into labor. While the contractions may feel strong and what you imagine labor will feel like, your cervix is actually not opening at all. They are false alarms which you shouldn’t worry about.
If you need extra assurance, call your doctor and arrange an appointment to ease your fears.
Sore Hips and Back
As the weight of the baby starts to take its toll on your balance, you may feel more strain on your back. Since your body is heavier on the front side, your spine is working overtime to stay balanced.
The additional weight can also affect your hips, and you may feel sore and tight. Sleeping with a pregnancy pillow can help ease the pain in your back and hips at night. You’ll sleep better and wake up feeling more refreshed because of the support in all the right places.
Most women experience heartburn throughout their pregnancy, some worse than others. Heartburn occurs when a valve in the is unable to stop stomach acid from entering the esophagus. The American Pregnancy Association explains, “During pregnancy, the hormone progesterone causes the valve to relax, which can increase the frequency of heartburn.”
While it may not be possible to avoid it entirely during pregnancy, you can decrease your chances by avoiding eating heavily acidic foods, lots of grease or spice. Mint tea can be a great way to relieve an upset stomach without taking medication which could harm you and your baby.
As your due date approaches, you may feel an urge to start cleaning like a maniac or organizing things which never bothered you before.
This is a common symptom in women expecting their baby known as nesting. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself turning your house upside down ensuring that it’s perfect for your baby to be. Just remember to take it easy since you can be easily fatigued during the last trimester.