New mothers can find the third trimester of their pregnancy the most physically and emotionally taxing. As you approach closer to your due date, you’ll find yourself becoming more uncomfortable and more anxious as your baby grows.
The more you know, the more you can better prepare. In this article, we look at what you can expect in the third trimester and how you can better care for yourself.
Your Body in the Third Trimester
- Braxton Hicks Contractions: You may be feeling a mild tightness around your abdomen area. These contractions occur naturally, almost like warm ups to the birth, and will grow stronger as you come closer to your due date. If these become painful or regular, please seek help from your healthcare provider.
- Backache: At this stage into your pregnancy, your baby would have grown quite large and your hormone levels would have changed greatly. This will cause backaches. If the area gets painful, apply a heating pad or an ice pack. If your backaches do not subside, seek help from your healthcare provider.
- Shortness of Breath: During your third trimester, you may find yourself becoming winded or experiencing shortness of breath easily. Make sure you practice good posture when sitting to facilitate easy breathing. If this becomes a persistent problem, please seek medical attention.
- Urination: At this stage of your pregnancy, your baby will begin moving deeper and closer to your pelvis. This will create additional pressure on your bladder. Besides needing to pee more frequently, this can cause you to urinate unintentionally. It would be a small amount and may happen when you laugh, sneeze or bend over to pick something up. If this a problem you’re having, panty liners can be a discrete solution. If you believe you’re leaking amniotic fluid, it is important to seek medical attention.
Your Emotions in the Third Trimester
About now, the reality of becoming a mother is sinking in and you’re feeling anxious. This is to be expected. This is a large milestone in your life and you are worried or stressed at the idea of it. This is not helped that your body is experiencing hormonal changes.
It is important that you stay calm. You don’t want to be stressed, this is not good for either yourself or your baby.
If you feel you’re being overwhelmed by these emotions, share them. Don’t keep them bottled up. Whether it is your friends or family or just writing them down in a journal or diary, it is important you vocalise these emotions.
While you might be wondering what sort of mother you’ll be or your baby’s future, you cannot do anything to address that now. However, these are practical actions you can take. Start planning ahead, whether it is researching breastfeed equipment or picking out the first books you’ll read to them, these are things you can control and prepare for.
At Chemist Direct, we understand how difficult the third trimester can be, especially for new parents. That is why our experienced doctors and pharmacy team work hard to source and find the best vitamins and supplements for expecting mothers.
Always consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking any medication while pregnant.
This article has been medically approved by Superintendent Pharmacist Shilpa Shailen Karia, MRPharmS. - GPhC Reg No: 2087328