Physical Annoyances during the Third Trimester of Pregnancy
Once you reach the third trimester of pregnancy, baby will be taking up quite a bit of space and will keep growing for almost three more months. This brings new physical annoyances that you haven’t yet experienced, or haven’t dealt with since early pregnancy. See what kind of annoyances and discomforts you can expect during the last trimester.
1. Frequent Urination
As your growing uterus increases pressure on your bladder during the third trimester of pregnancy, you will need to urinate more frequently. Be sure to urinate as often as you feel the urge and completely empty your bladder. Do not hold your urine in, as this may increase your chances of developing a urinary tract infection or even trigger premature contractions.
2. More Breast Changes
Your breasts continue to enlarge and you may start leaking a thick, yellowish milk called colostrum.
3. Vaginal Pain
An occasional sharp pain in your vaginal area during the third trimester of pregnancy is normal due to the pressure on your cervix.
4. Pelvic Pains
You may experience sharp pains and a feeling of pressure in your pelvic area, especially when you lift your leg up to get out of bed or put on your underwear. These are most likely due to the shifting of your pelvic bones and the loosening of the ligaments attached to these bones in preparation for the little passenger that will soon be coming through. The more pregnancies you have, the more you may experience these pelvic sensations.
5. Groin Pain in the Third Trimester of Pregnancy
You may notice a sudden sharp pain when you laugh, cough, sneeze, twist, change position or reach for something. This is caused by stretching of the ligaments that attach your uterus to your pelvis. Adjusting and changing position will ease this pain.
6. Frequent Thirst
This is your body’s signal that you need to drink a lot of water to keep up with your body’s increased fluid demands this trimester. Drink to your thirst’s content, and then some.
7. Feeling Faint
After you have been standing or active for a long time, or when you rise too quickly, you may experience a faint or dizzy feeling similar to what you felt in the first trimester. Sit or lie down immediately. Low blood sugar can contribute to this light-headed feeling, so be sure to snack frequently. Resting, eating nutritious food, and avoiding sudden moves to the upright position will lessen faintness.
8. More Vaginal Discharge
Expect more whitish, vaginal discharge, enough to necessitate the use of panty liners.
9. Frequent Heartburn
During the second trimester you may have had a reprieve from the heartburn of the first few months, but now that burning feeling reappears. In the third trimester of pregnancy it is more the result of upward pressure of the growing uterus than of pregnancy hormones. Propping yourself upright during sleep; eating small, frequent meals; and keeping yourself upright after a meal should help.
Your enlarging uterus and its growing occupant seem to push your intestines aside, contributing to constipation. Your increasing need for water elsewhere in your body may steal needed fluid from your intestines, also leading to constipation. Be sure you drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day. If you feel the need to take a fiber supplement, be cautious. Some gel-forming fiber supplements – such as those made with pectins, cellulose and inulin – may reduce the absorption of calcium, zinc, iron and other important minerals. We like Sunfiber, which contains galactomannan (a unique prebiotic fiber) and doesn’t have this effect. In fact, it has been clinically shown to increase absorption of minerals that are so essential during pregnancy.