4 Things To Expect During The Third Trimester Of Pregnancy

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Your third trimester of pregnancy is the final
stretch.  There will be all sorts of excitement surrounding the impending
birth of your new baby.  However, along with the blissful anticipation may
come a considerable amount of emotions and physical challenges.  

You may be tired and ready to get it over with,
and eager to finally hold your baby in your arms.  However, the best way
to make it through the challenges of the third trimester is to anticipate them.

Here are some of the most important things to
know about what to expect during your last three months of pregnancy.  

Nesting

As your baby’s due date approaches, you will
feel a strong urge to start creating your “nest.”  That means you may
begin obsessively cleaning, buying all the latest baby products, and creating your space for your baby when they arrive.

It’s a natural instinct that most mothers can
expect during the last few months of pregnancy.  Sometimes it doesn’t
happen until the very last leg, so if it hasn’t happened yet by the first seven
months, it will likely begin soon.

Contractions

Leading up to your birth your body will start to
experience light contractions known as Braxton Hicks.  They are your body
preparing for labor and may feel like a sharp tightness in your lower abdomen.

You might feel
these mild contractions
as a slight tightness
in your abdomen. Although a lot of women confuse them with labor, they’re not
quite as intense.

If you suspect that what you’re experiencing is
not Braxton Hicks, and is, in fact, premature labor, then you should contact
your doctor immediately. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Difficulty Sleeping

The first and second trimesters are nothing
compared to the sleep difficulties you will experience during the third
trimester.

You will likely have a sore back due to the
pregnancy hormones, and your hips will feel stretched and achy.  These
changes in your body can make sleep a real chore. 

Sure, everyone says “Get plenty of sleep before
the baby comes!” However, it’s a lot easier said than done.

Although there’s no easy fix, you can ease your
discomforts by investing
in a quality mattress
and a pregnancy pillow.

Heartburn

If you’ve never had heartburn before, chances
are that you probably have it now.  When you’re pregnant, your hormones
relax the valve which rests between your stomach and esophagus.  As a
result, your stomach will release acid into your esophagus resulting in painful
and uncomfortable heartburn. To reduce heartburn, you
should avoid eating spicy foods, citrus, and heavily fried foods.  Your
doctor may recommend certain medications to help ease your symptoms as well. iority39 \lsdlo

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