Easing 3rd Trimester Discomfort
3rd trimester discomfort is a memory that is coming back to me from my 1st pregnancy. I read that some women actually feel guilty at this point for just wanting the pregnancy to be done with. Don’t feel that guilt. It is almost done with. I think the baby probably feels the same way. It is getting awfully tight in there for the little one. Anyway, I think the discomfort we feel at this point is a way our bodies try to get us ready for the big day.
- I took a warm bath last night. It was the most incredible thing I think I could have done. I felt so much better during and for a while afterwards. It didn’t stop Braxton Hicks from keeping me awake most of the night, but I definitely felt better for a little while.
- Walking has also been helping. Once again, it doesn’t last for long, but I do feel better for a while after taking even a short walk for a few blocks.
- Sitting and rocking on an exercise ball is also recommended. I do not have one, so can not vouch for this.
I am sure there are plenty of other ways to ease discomfort. I just felt like I needed to write down the few that have been on my mind. The walking one is also good in a few other ways. It will give you some nice easy exercise and helps to position the baby’s head properly. Some people claim it will help the onset of labor, but this has not really been proven. Most hospitals will get the mother up and walking, if possible, during contractions and before she is fully dilated. I wasn’t allowed to do this with my first kiddo as I was leaking amniotic fluid and the doc was worried about infection. Bleh. I wasn’t even allowed to get up to go to the bathroom. It was pretty much a total loss of dignity for about 15 hours.