The final trimester of pregnancy can be the most uncomfortable. The aches, pains, and other body discomforts mean that you’re nowhere near as comfortable as you were before your pregnancy. The midwives at Desert Blossom Women’s Care clinic have some tips for managing or reducing your discomfort.
Wear Maternity Clothes
Restrictive clothing not only gets uncomfortable as you get bigger but also could increase your risk for complications. Thankfully, modern maternity clothing is fashionable on top of being designed to accommodate your growing body. Consider buying used maternity clothes or borrowing them to save money, or consider a maternity belly band which lets you wear some of your old clothes longer. Dress in layers that you can add or remove, and choose breathable fabrics like cotton.
Snuggle Up to Some Pillows
Make yourself comfortable with some extra padding. Put a small pillow on your office chair to support your back and get a full-body pillow to make sleeping more comfortable. Pregnancy pillows specially designed to support your belly’s weight are useful late in pregnancy for preventing back and hip issues.
Elevate Your Feet
Your feet are probably pretty swollen at the end of your pregnancy, especially if you’re on them for a long time. Keep them elevated as much as you can to reduce and prevent further swelling. While you’re taking care of your feet, ditch the high heels for a few months—they won’t help your swollen feet, and you’ll be a little off-balance when trying to walk in them.
Get Some Exercise
With your midwife’s approval, physical activity can keep your muscles and ligaments loose and relaxed for daily comfort as well as delivery day. Even if it’s a walk outside or yoga class, movement is great for staying comfortable as long as you don’t overdo it. If you’re at work, get up from your desk and walk around for a few minutes each hour to reduce your risk of blood clots.
Eat Smaller Meals More Frequently
Eat five to six smaller meals throughout the day instead of three larger ones. This will help ease your morning sickness and keep you from developing heartburn or indigestion. Make sure your diet is full of healthy foods that are nutrient-dense, and keep some small snacks in your purse—going for too long without eating can make you feel sick.
Stay Cool and Hydrated
You’re warmer and dehydrate more easily when you’re pregnant. Use a small fan to keep cool air circulating in your home or office. Drink water throughout the day to make sure you’re getting enough water—you should be trying for eight to ten glasses of water a day. Fluids are essential for removing waste from your body as well as helping kidney and liver function for you and your baby and avoiding complications and uncomfortable pregnancy symptoms. Avoid caffeine and a lot of sugar, which can be dehydrating.
Get Plenty of Rest
We probably don’t need to tell you twice, but stay away from stress and take frequent breaks. Rest and relaxation are some of the best ways to stay comfortable. Your body is already working on growing your baby, so take time to lie down and rest and avoid overdoing anything.
Consult a Desert Blossom Women’s Care Midwife
No matter where you are in your pregnancy journey, a women’s care clinic can provide the compassionate, knowledgeable care that you’re looking for. Desert Blossom Women’s Care’s certified nurse-midwives can answer your pregnancy questions and keep you comfortable at every step on the way to delivery and beyond. Contact us to schedule an appointment in one of our southern Arizona locations.