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How to Stay Comfortable During the 3rd Trimester

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How to Stay Comfortable During the 3rd Trimester

The 3rd trimester is well-known for being a particularly uncomfortable time in your pregnancy. Women in this stage of pregnancy often have difficulty sleeping, as well as experience higher levels of heartburn. You can stay comfortable during the 3rd trimester by taking steps to improve your sleep quality, exercising regularly, and eating nutritious foods. There are also several tools that are available to help you minimize any discomfort that you experience during the 3rd trimester. It is also important to understand the differences between relieving symptoms in the first trimester, second trimester, and final trimester of pregnancy to enhance your comfort. If you are experiencing substantial discomfort or are concerned about any of your symptoms, it is essential to reach out to our experts at My Family Birth Center for guidance. Here are a few tips to help you stay comfortable during your 3rd trimester of pregnancy.

Trouble Sleeping

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Many women experience significant trouble sleeping during their 3rd trimester of pregnancy. Using pregnancy pillows is often a great way to provide support for your belly and improve your comfort while you are sleeping. You also will likely find that sleeping on your side is more comfortable than sleeping in other positions. The right position may also improve blood flow to your baby. Hormones are likely to make you feel warmer than usual, so it can help to keep you comfortable when you keep your bedroom cooler than usual. Feeling the need to pee is a common disruption to a pregnant woman’s sleep. In order to reduce this discomfort, it is beneficial to pee immediately before sleeping and limit drinks for several hours before bed. Taking some time to relax before sleep can also help you to be more comfortable when sleeping.  

Exercise

Exercise can help to improve your quality of sleep, as well as provide additional benefits during your 3rd trimester of pregnancy. When you exercise regularly, you may be able to reduce any aches or pains that you experience. It is essential to consult with your care provider regarding your exercise routine to ensure that you are exercising safely. You should also try not to exercise within a few hours of bed, as this can actually make you more alert.

Stretch

Back pain is incredibly common during the 3rd trimester of pregnancy. Regular stretching can help to keep you limber and alleviate discomfort. As with exercise, you should consult with our team regarding safe ways to stretch during pregnancy. This will help you to reduce discomfort without impacting your health.

Handling Heartburn

Heartburn is one of the most common symptoms that women in their 3rd trimester of pregnancy experience. The way that you eat will have a huge impact on the amount of heartburn that you experience. Eating nutritious foods can help you to limit heartburn. You should avoid eating spicy foods and caffeine during this trimester to reduce heartburn. Eating small meals throughout the day can also help you to improve your digestion and prevent heartburn. Staying upright for a period of time after eating will also benefit your digestion.

Relieve Swelling

Swelling in the feet and ankles is common during the 3rd trimester. Ensuring that you stay hydrated can help to minimize swelling. It is absolutely essential to ensure that you are drinking enough water to help reduce swelling. Compression socks can be another valuable tool to help you relieve swelling that you may experience.

Consider a Maternity Belt

A maternity belt can be a valuable tool to help you stay comfortable during the 3rd trimester. This belt will help to provide support for your belly and reduce the amount of strain on your back. The use of a maternity belt aids in reducing back pain and soreness. These belts can also be used after giving birth in order to help with postpartum aches and discomfort.

These are just a few ways that you can increase your comfort during the 3rd trimester of pregnancy. If you are experiencing any concerns during your pregnancy, it is essential to reach out to our experts for guidance. To learn more about navigating your 3rd trimester or to schedule an appointment with us, contact us at My Family Birth Center today!

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