Most of the discomforts from the second trimester are also part of the third trimester. Continue the suggested comfort measures from the second trimester that work for you. Ask your health care provider for other treatments if you are still uncomfortable.
In addition, you may need to cope with other changes:
The weight of your baby and uterus on your major blood vessels can decrease the blood flow to your head and make you dizzy and lightheaded at times. To reduce this effect:
Pregnant women can get an itchy, red rash that starts on the abdomen and spreads to other parts of the body.
Call your health care provider if you:
To reduce constipation, eat at least 25 grams of fiber each day. Fruits, vegetables, whole grains and bran will all help you reach that goal.
The increased blood flow to your vagina and pelvic area can make the area feel full and swollen. You may also have increased vaginal discharge. To relieve some of this discomfort:
Call your health care provider if your vaginal discharge is watery, bloody or has a bad odor.
The size and weight of your uterus and baby make it hard to pump the blood out of your feet. That leads to swelling that increases during the day but goes away when you lie down at night. To reduce the swelling in your ankles and feet:
Call your health care provider if the swelling in your ankles doesn't get better after a night's rest or if you have swelling in your hands or face.
Achy joints and muscles plus a large belly can make it hard to get comfortable in bed. Try these suggestions:
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