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Week 29

week_28You’re in your third trimester and closer to the big day. Baby is growing rapidly now, meaning you could be gaining additional weight.

Baby’s fast development highlights the need to monitor your nutrition even more. By now, your body’s digestion process may have slowed, increasing instances of heartburn or indigestion. Try eating snacks throughout the day if you haven’t done so already. Choose a balance of nutrients during snack time—combine calcium-rich cheese with fresh fruit. Eating smaller meals throughout the day may also help. Avoid a heavy meal late at night, as the associated indigestion may prevent you from having a good night’s sleep.

Finding Relief

It’s not abnormal to still experience back pain. Baby’s increasing size puts more pressure on your body, as does the added weight your body has during pregnancy.

To help minimize back pain, try a few of the following tips:

  • Follow exercise advice from your healthcare provider.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Don’t sleep on your back.
  • Avoid heels that are greater than 1 1/2 inches.
  • Maintain good posture.
  • Do pelvic tilts.

Easing the Pain

To help alleviate back pain during pregnancy, try using ice packs, support devices or acetaminophen. Although back pain itself presents no reason to contact your doctor, you should seek help if the pain becomes severe or the pain becomes rhythmic or cramping, a sign of preterm labor.

TIPS

  • While you are pregnant, your body produces almost 48 percent more blood volume to ensure the healthy growth of your baby. This additional blood volume and increased fluids in your tissues accounts for almost one-fourth of the weight women gain during pregnancy.
  • Swelling in the legs and feet can be extremely uncomfortable as pregnancy progresses. To help treat swelling and reduce discomfort, try the following:
    • Avoid caffeine and excessive sodium
    • Drink plenty of water
    • Eat foods high in potassium, such as bananas
    • Elevate your feet when resting
    • Use a cold compress on swollen areas
    • Enjoy a nice soak in the tub