A positive pregnancy outcome can trigger a range of emotions for a new expectant mother where in addition to the excitement of starting a new journey in life, there are many women who feel anxious and uncomfortable about the numerous changes they will experience, some simple measures can help women enjoy a more comfortable pregnancy and any Can help reduce anxiety. Many women mistakenly assume that pregnancy involves many restrictions when in reality, there are few limitations on what can and cannot be done during pregnancy.
The third trimester of pregnancy is a time when many women experience physical discomfort and from difficulty sleeping to back pain, staying comfortable during the last trimester can be a significant challenge. In an interview with HT Lifestyle, Dr Geeth Monappa, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist at Sparsh Hospital shared some tips to manage them:
Heartburn is a common discomfort experienced by pregnant women during the first trimester and during the last month of pregnancy. However, there are some helpful tips that can ease the symptoms. It is recommended to avoid spicy, fatty, and citrus foods that can trigger heartburn. Sitting up straight after eating can prevent reflux of food into the esophagus. Additionally, eating an early dinner and engaging in physical activity after meals can aid digestion and reduce heartburn. These simple measures can help pregnant women manage heartburn and experience a more comfortable pregnancy.
Frequent urination is common in the early months of pregnancy as the uterus presses on the bladder and in the last month as the baby’s head descends into the pelvis. However, it is important to consult an obstetrician to avoid urinary tract infections which can also cause frequent urination.
During pregnancy, the body undergoes many changes, one of which is relaxation of the joints and connective tissue that support the bones. This can cause aches and pains, especially in the back. However, there are several tips that can help ease the discomfort. It is recommended to use chairs with good back support to maintain proper posture. Wearing good and stable shoes can also help distribute body weight more evenly and reduce back strain. Additionally, engaging in regular exercise helps strengthen muscles and improve flexibility, ultimately reducing the risk of back pain during pregnancy.
- Braxton Hicks contractions
As the due date approaches, you may experience irregular lower abdominal cramps that do not last long. These are called Braxton Hicks contractions. Try to walk lightly, shift your position, take a relaxing shower, and drink plenty of water. Also, let your healthcare provider know about contractions.
As you near your due date, it is common for pregnant women to experience anxiety about the delivery process. It is advisable to discuss childbirth, birth partner, and pain relief options with a doctor. Talking to other women who have had positive experiences can also be helpful, and it’s essential to maintain a positive attitude. Regular consultations with an obstetrician, taking prenatal vitamins, vaccinations and ultrasounds are important for a safe and healthy pregnancy journey. These measures can help reduce anxiety and ensure a smooth and comfortable pregnancy experience.
Adding to the list of suggestions, Dr Janani Manoharan, gynecologist and obstetrician, infertility specialist, laparoscopic and robotic surgeon at Belenus Champion Hospital, Bangalore suggests:
1. Hydration – During this time, the uterus puts pressure on the bladder causing you to urinate more often, which leads you to unconsciously reduce your fluid intake. I recommend that my patients drink water from a special bottle throughout the day, so that they will have an accountable fluid intake. Drink for thirst, at least 2-3 liters / day.
2. activity- Go to additional steps. Do Kegel exercises to strengthen the pelvic floor muscles. Take the stairs, if possible.
3. Breathe – Breathing exercises help strengthen your abdominal and pelvic floor muscles. It also does wonders in getting you through labor pains. Watch YouTube videos on breathing techniques during labor and practice them.
4. diet – The third trimester is notorious for increasing heart attacks. This is because the belly is pushed further into your chest by your growing uterus. To avoid heartburn, eat less frequently, reduce the spice level of your food. Increase your intake of uncooked foods such as vegetables and fruits in the form of salads, smoothies, juices. Don’t go out and eat twice, excessive weight gain and reduced calorie intake, both are bad for your baby. Talk to your ObGyn when in doubt.
5. Doctor’s visit – Be up to date with your tests and health checks. Discuss the process of labor and what to expect with your ObGyn. Ask all your labor questions, remember no question is too stupid. Get the right information from the right source, your ObGyn.
6. Movement of the child – Make sure your baby is walking at least 10 times a day. Never hesitate to visit your ObGyn if you are in doubt about your baby’s movements.
7. social media- Stay away from the millions of labor groups on social media, unless you’re just there to have fun. Don’t let social media make you more anxious. Every pregnancy is different and it is up to you and your ObGyn to make informed decisions about your pregnancy.
8. Family – Try to spend quality time with your partner because it’s no secret that once the baby is here, time will always be cherished.
Last but not least, relax and enjoy your pregnancy. Women have been giving birth forever and modern medicine can perform unimaginable miracles, rest in peace with this knowledge. Enjoy your time with your inner child. You got it.