10 Things To Expect In The Third Trimester

Pregnancy is a very interesting time since it changes a lot about a woman’s body. Expectant mothers go through three trimesters, and it seems that each one brings something new (and sometimes unexpected).

Women who are in the first trimester of their pregnancy may experience morning sickness, or a sudden aversion to smells and foods that they used to enjoy. In the second trimester, some women may have to deal with Braxton Hicks (which are basically fake contractions), changes to their skin, dizziness, dental problems, and nasal issues.

There are also some very surprising things that happen in the third trimester as well. Here are some things that women should expect when they reach the third trimester.

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10 Varicose Veins

Varicose veins can actually happen in the early months of pregnancy, but they are much more common among women who are about to give birth. The reason why this is true is that varicose veins have valves in them, which tend to become enlarged and swollen when they are under pressure.

As a woman gets further into her pregnancy, the pressure on the valves in her veins will increase as the baby grows. There are also other things that can increase a pregnant woman getting varicose veins in the third trimester, such as increased blood flow and fluctuating hormones.

9 Stretch Marks

While there are some women who get stretch marks in the second trimester, many other ladies do not see them until they are close to giving birth. There are also a few moms out there who do not have to deal with them at all. Stretch marks appear because skin has to stretch over a growing baby bump.

This is no way to avoid stretch marks. But there are some things women can do to lessen their risk of getting them.

Drinking a lot of water is very helpful. Women are also at a lower risk of getting them if they gain little weight during their pregnancies. Women who gain weight gradually are also at a lower risk of getting stretch marks.

8 Fatigue

Fatigue is a big part of pregnancy since women typically feel a lot of it in the first and third trimesters of pregnancy. In the first trimester, ladies start to feel a little extra tired because of the changes their body is going through.

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But ladies who are nearing the finish line usually experience fatigue for lots of different reasons. At this point in pregnancy, many women are usually getting up a lot at night to visit the bathroom, and they are also busy preparing their houses for the new little one. Carrying around lots of extra weight can cause fatigue as well.

7 Swelling

Ladies might experience a few unpleasant things in the third trimester, including fluid retention, which tends to cause swelling. This is fairly common, so expectant mothers might notice that their clothes are fitting a bit tight, and the cause is not always the growing baby.

Pregnant women who are approaching their due date might experience swelling in various parts of their bodies, including their faces and ankles. There are some ways ladies can make this less severe.

Pregnant women who want to ease their swelling should try propping their feet up whenever they sit down. They should also elevate their feet when they sleep.

6 Heartburn

Heartburn is something women can experience at any point in their pregnancy, but it is much more common among women who are in the third trimester. Ladies who are that far along may have to deal with some heartburn because their uterus is much larger than it was in the beginning.

When a woman’s uterus grows, it puts a great deal of pressure on the mother-to-be’s stomach, as well as her intestines, which is the reason why there are lots of women who complain about having heartburn and indigestion when they are getting close to the end of their pregnancy.

5 Hemorrhoids

Hemorrhoids are pretty common among pregnant women, and ladies who are in the last few weeks before their baby’s birth are more likely to experience them than those who aren’t. This is another thing that happens when the uterus is putting lots of pressure on the valves in an expectant mom’s veins.

There are lots of symptoms that can accompany hemorrhoids. Those who have them might experience some stinging or itching. They might also notice some bleeding as well, which is always a bit scary for pregnant women. But this is common, and it’s not usually something to worry about.

4 Nesting

Nesting can occur early on in a woman’s pregnancy, but most women usually do not experience it until they are near the end of their pregnancy. Nesting is what happens a pregnant woman feels the urge to prepare her home for her new baby.

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There are a lot of signs that an expectant mother has started nesting. Pregnant women who suddenly feel as though they need to clean and organize their entire home late at night may have entered the nesting stage. Another sign that a woman is nesting is when she is weeks away from birth, but she starts preparing meals and placing them in the freezer so that she doesn’t have to do much cooking after the baby is born.

3 Pain

It is very common to experience some type of pain during the third trimester. It might not feel very good, but it is usually just the body’s way of getting ready for the birth that is about to take place.

But that does not mean that it is always normal for a woman to feel lots of pain simply because she has reached the last part of her pregnancy. Expectant moms who experience vomiting, bleeding, fever, chills, dizziness, or nausea along with pain should visit their doctor as soon as they can.

Ladies can ease the pain that comes along with the third trimester by taking a warm bath. They can also get a prenatal massage.

2 Increased Urination

Ladies who are in the third trimester usually spend a lot of time in the restroom. There are a few that, but it is mostly due to the fact that the mom is feeling a lot of pressure on certain parts of her body.

At this point in a woman’s pregnancy, her baby is almost fully formed, which means that the child is much bigger than it was in the first and second trimesters. There is very little room for the baby once the third trimester has arrived. Babies also shift to a new spot right before they are born, which can cause the mom to experience an increased need to visit the restroom.

1 Leaking

Women who have entered the last few weeks of pregnancy sometimes find they have wet bras and shirts, which happens when they leak something called colostrum. This might be a little bit frightening at first, but it actually very normal.

This stuff does not usually start to appear until a woman is just weeks away from welcoming her new baby into the world. But a woman’s body actually starts to make it when she is between 3 and 4 months pregnant.

Moms usually experience this until a few days after they have given birth. It is great for babies since it contains protein, as well as things that will help the baby from becoming ill.

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