With just a few weeks remaining for your baby to arrive, these last 3 months are very important for you. As you might already know, you need to take lots of rest and take care of your health.
Even though you might be very careful with your food, activities and rest, you might still have some health problems in the third trimester of your pregnancy. In this blog, you will find some useful tips to deal with problems during your third semester of pregnancy.
White discharge from the vagina during the third trimester of pregnancy
All the hormonal changes can cause white or yellowish discharge from your vagina. This is normal, so don’t worry. But if you feel that the discharge has an unusual smell, colour or thickness, consult your doctor as this might be due to infections.
You might have swelling in your hands and legs during the third trimester of pregnancy
You might have already noticed some swelling in your second trimester. This will only increase in the third trimester of your pregnancy. Increase in blood circulation and water retention in the body cause this swelling. This swelling is called ‘edema’ and is quite common in the third trimester. It will reduce after your baby’s birth.
You might start feeling that your footwear and finger rings are tight. So you should avoid wearing rings on your fingers as they might stop blood circulation. You can also wear footwear that is one size bigger than your regular size.
Even though a little bit of swelling is expected, especially in the evenings, if you feel that there is a lot of swelling, consult your doctor.
How to avoid feet and hand swelling during the third trimester of pregnancy?
- Keep your feet elevated while sitting. You can place a stool in front of you and rest your feet on that.
- Drink lots of water to avoid water retention.
- You can gently massage your hands and legs with warm oil.
- Eat healthy food and avoid salt as much as possible.
You might have difficulty in breathing during the third trimester of pregnancy
The diaphragm, which lies under the lungs, has to expand and contract when you breathe. As your baby moves around in your womb, sometimes, his/her body might be pushing against the diaphragm. So your diaphragm may not have space to move, causing difficulty in breathing.
Even the increase in progesterone can influence your breaths. You might start taking short, quick breaths instead of slow deep breaths.
It is always advisable to check with your doctor that everything is OK. But in the following cases, you should contact your doctor immediately:
- If your heartbeat increases.
- If you have chest pains.
- If you have difficulty breathing when you sleep.
Try to take deep breaths as much as possible so that your lung capacity increases. This will also increase your stamina and you will feel less tired.
You might have itching on your body in the third trimester of pregnancy
It is common to feel itching on your body in the third trimester, especially on your breasts and stomach. The hormonal changes in your body make your skin stretch and this can make you itch. If you feel it all over your body, just check with your doctor to see if everything’s alright.
Home remedies for itching
- Do NOT scratch, as it will only increase the itch.
- Take a bath in warm water instead of hot water. Don’t rub your body as it will cause dryness, that will increase itching.
- Apply aloe vera gel or lotion after bath.
- Place cold things on the place you feel the itch, like a wet towel or cucumber slices.
- Wear soft cotton clothes.
You might have acidity and heartburn in the third trimester of pregnancy
As your baby grows in the womb, your other internal organs get pushed up towards your chest to make space. This causes heartburn and acidity in the third trimester of your pregnancy the functioning of your organs get affected.
Tips to avoid acidity and heartburn during the third trimester of pregnancy
- Eat curd as it can help in digestion.
- Ginger juice or aloe vera juice can provide instant relief from heartburn.
You might be urinating more frequently in the third trimester of pregnancy
Now that it is almost time for your baby to arrive, your womb has expanded. Your womb’s weight might apply a lot of pressure on your bladder, making you urinate frequently. This is only for a few months and will become normal after your baby is born.
Tips to control frequent urination during the third trimester of pregnancy
- Avoid drinking coffee and tea as they can make you urinate more frequently.
- On the days when you have a cold or a cough, wear a sanitary pad, as it is natural to urinate a little while sneezing or coughing.
You might have sugar (gestational diabetes) in the third trimester of pregnancy
The increase in hormones in your body causes high blood sugar. If your body does not produce enough insulin to control the high sugar, you might get gestational diabetes. Gestational diabetes is very common and usually goes away after your baby is born. But it is necessary to control the high blood sugar as it can cause complications in your pregnancy.
Consult your doctor if you feel tiredness or increase in thirst. Diabetes can be detected only by blood tests, after which you might get insulin injections to regulate it. Apart from the injections, take care of your diet by eating healthy food and avoiding junk food.
You might have pain in the vagina or lower part of the stomach in the third trimester of pregnancy
As your body prepares for delivering the baby in a few weeks, you might feel some pain in your vagina or lower part of the stomach. This pain is normal, but you should tell your doctor about it if there is any bleeding in the vagina. Also, if the pain increases and becomes unbearable, visit your doctor immediately.
You might have vaginal bleeding in the third trimester of pregnancy
Vaginal bleeding in the third trimester of your pregnancy is very dangerous. It can happen because of many reasons like vaginal infections, high BP, or in some rare cases, placenta previa. These can cause complications that can cause harm to your baby.
So, during the third trimester of pregnancy, go to your doctor as soon as you notice any vaginal bleeding.
You might not get proper sleep during the third trimester of pregnancy
Your stomach is much bigger now so you might not find the right position to sleep in. Pain in your feet and back can also add to this problem. Even after sleeping, you might be waking up in the middle of the night to urinate.
Tips to get a good sleep during the third trimester of pregnancy
- Keep your room temperature comfortable so that you can sleep comfortably. Close the windows or use thicker blankets if you feel too cold.
- Drink a glass of warm milk before sleeping. This will calm you down and help you sleep peacefully.
- Do not eat sweets or drink tea/coffee before sleeping.
- Lie down on your side while sleeping. For more comfort, you can keep a pillow between your legs.
Tension, stress or depression in the third trimester of pregnancy
With your due date coming closer, you might start feeling tensed about your delivery. In your third trimester, it is very important to keep tension and stress away. Some women also feel depressed and start crying. Stress and depression are not good for both you and your baby. Do things that make you happy. Share your thoughts and feelings with your husband, relatives or friends. You will feel better.
Cough and cold during the third trimester of pregnancy
With all the hormonal changes in your body, your immunity can drop during your pregnancy. So it is quite common to get cough and cold. In this case, only take medicine if prescribed by your doctor.
Home remedies for cough and cold during the third trimester of pregnancy
- Ginger juice with honey can give you some temporary relief.
- If your nose is blocked, take steam from a pot of hot water.
- Drink hot water to clear your throat.
- In a cup of hot water, add lemon juice and honey. This juice will help you feel better.
We hope this blog helps you through the third trimester of your pregnancy. Our home remedies can surely help you to an extent, but never hesitate to consult your doctor. Your baby will be in your arms very soon, so take good care of yourself so that he/she is born healthy.