- Abdominal pain: Very common during the third trimester as your baby quickly gains weight. Some of the major physical development and growth of the baby happens during these three months. The ligament that supports your lower abdomen stretches resulting in lower abdominal cramps and sharp pain.
- Return of fatigue: In your second trimester you don’t face fatigue as much as you do in the first and the third trimester. One of the reasons of fatigue is discomfort due to your oversized belly and lack of sleep because of frequent urge to urinate and strange dreams. It is advised to eat well, drink a lot of water and sleep well. If you feel unusually tired, you must visit the doctor. She might advise you to do a blood test to check if you are suffering from anaemia or not.
- Braxton Hicks contractions: As the muscles in the uterus prepare your body for delivery you will feel false contractions, your lower abdomen becomes strangely hard and tight. These contractions are hard to differentiate from actual labour but you do feel the contractions. These take place throughout your third trimester. As your due date draws closer, these false contractions will increase. It only lasts for about 15- 30 seconds or maximum up to 2 minutes.
- Frequent urination: As your baby grows bigger inside your uterus, it exerts greater amount of pressure upon the bladder resulting in frequent urge to urinate. You feel as if you have absolutely no control over you bladder. Sometimes when you sneeze or cough, too, you may feel the urine spilling out into your panty. You can opt to wear a panty liner to absorb any leakage.
- Heartburn: Progesterone is a hormone which is produced in excess during pregnancy. This hormone is the reason why you feel heartburn. Also your uterus crowds the stomach pushing it, and its contents, upwards, which is also why you tend to have a prolonged heartburning sensation.
Avoid eating oily, spicy and greasy food. You should eat food items which are easily digestible. You can consult your doctor if you feel very uncomfortable.
- Varicose veins: This is when your blood vessels swell and become large and are visible on the surface of your skin. They are mostly bluish-purplish in colour and are most likely to be found on your lower body. The quantity of blood increases in your body when you are pregnant causing pressure on the veins. Being overweight, standing for a really long time or sitting in a chair can cause varicose veins. It disappears after pregnancy.
Exercising, keeping a check on your weight, getting enough rest and eating well can help you avoid varicose veins.
- Strange dreams: These dreams are because of the pregnancy hormones that are produced in excess during this time. Dreams are a way to interpret your feeling and anxiety. At this point of time you are really anxious about the delivery and the responsibility of bearing a child. Try not to stress yourself. Talk to your friends or partner about anything that is bothering you.