If you thought you couldn’t get any bigger, you’re about to be surprised by what the third trimester of pregnancy has in store for you. As your belly grows, so does your baby. The 3rd trimester is really a brilliant mix of pleasure and pain. As you’re awaiting your due date, here are a few things to know about the third trimester.
Five things to know about the third trimester
Varicose veins will make their appearance
They’re not pretty, but either is they unavoidable. Spider veins which started developing in the second trimester will become much more prominent now. They might even appear to be swollen or reddish during the 3rd trimester. They’re super common and might appear in places such as the calves, thighs, and even the rectum.
Fetal activity will increase
If you thought there was a lot of movement from your baby in the second trimester, get ready for some real action. During the 3rd trimester, your baby’s movements will become unmissable. From kicking to poking and even the odd limb in your gut, you’ll experience it all. You might also start second guessing why you’re outing yourself through this torture.
You’ll experience shortness of breath
Shortness of breath is a common complaint about women in their third trimester of pregnancy. This happened because your uterus now presses up into your diaphragm below your lungs. You can try using pillows to prop up your body when sleeping to easy the discomfort a little.
Your breasts will continue to grow
During the first and second trimester of pregnancy, there was a lot of expansion happening in your breasts, but it doesn’t stop there. During the 3rd trimester, your boobs might gain an additional 1kg each, and it will be unmissable. This happens because your body is building up colostrum supplies, which might also be why there can be some yellowish discharge from your nipples at this point.
You’ll suffer from a backache
Your baby continues to grow rapidly during the third trimester, which might lead to some mild to kind of intense lower back and pelvic pain on your behalf. Your body is struggling to deal with all the excess weight, which is also why it can be uncomfortable for you to sit or stand for extended periods of time. To help alleviate the problem, try wearing flat shoes and getting frequent massages.