Women often feel tired and nauseous during the beginning of a pregnancy and then healthy and vivacious in the middle. Then it comes close to time to deliver, and new symptoms emerge, making women feel extremely uncomfortable. Fortunately, these symptoms can be addressed as they make themselves known, so that you can concentrate on getting ready for your new addition.
Heartburn: Heartburn seems to be worse toward the end of a pregnancy. The best thing to do is to avoid eating spicy foods, or foods you know that trigger heartburn. If, however, you just can’t resist that taco, you should have some milk to help sooth the pain. Your doctor may also allow you to take medication if the heartburn occurs frequently. Another way to reduce the attacks of heartburn is to eat several smaller meals instead of three large meals.
Back pain: Back pain is the worst. Massages can help, but most likely you are going to need to apply heat and then ice. You should switch from heat to ice every 20 minutes. Make sure you also don’t do anything to strain your back and make the pain worse. I know I couldn’t resist moving furniture around three weeks before I had my daughter, but it isn’t a good idea. Hopefully, you will have more will power than I did. Another way to relieve the stress on your back is to go for a swim.
Swollen feet: I had the worst time with swollen feet and ankles. My doctor actually told me to drink more water. This worked by reducing the amount of sodium in my body. My swelling went down significantly once I drank more water and avoided salty foods. The only other way to keep the swelling down is to limit the amount of time you are on your feet.
Sleeplessness: Boy is it hard to sleep toward the end of a pregnancy. Not only are you excited about meeting your new little one, but you aren’t comfortable physically. If you are like me, you are also up every hour to go to the bathroom. Not being able to sleep at night makes the daylight hours much harder. Try to do relaxing things before bed, such as take a bath, or have your hubby give you a massage. Grandma also had the right idea in drinking a warm cup of milk before bed. You could also play a CD filled with relaxing sounds like rain.
Leg Cramps: I had horrible leg cramps with my first pregnancy. My doctor told me that I need to eat some bananas because cramping is a sign of a potassium deficiency. I also found that pulling the toes on the leg that was cramping upward stretched out the muscles in my leg and relieved the pain. So the next time you get a leg cramp, try stretching out your toes.