Nov 11, 2011

Third Trimester Symptoms

Now that I am entering into the Third Trimester, I have started to research what to expect… Long story short, this is a top 10 list for 3rd trimester symptoms from the Mayo Clinic. Warning! Spoiler Alert!!! This reads like a terrible advertisement for a new drug on the market, except instead of “anal leakage” it’s “boob leakage,” and instead of “diarrhea” it’s “raging hemorrhoid inducing constipation!”

Third trimester:
As your baby grows, his or her movements will become more obvious. These exciting sensations are often accompanied by increasing discomfort and other third trimester pregnancy symptoms.

1. Continued breast growth
-By now, you might have an additional 2 pounds (nearly 1 kilogram) of breast tissue. As delivery approaches, your nipples could start leaking colostrum — the yellowish fluid that will nourish your baby during the first few days of life.

2. Weight gain
-By your due date, expect to weigh 25 to 35 pounds (about 11 to 16 kilograms) more than you did before pregnancy. Your baby accounts for some of the weight gain, but so do the placenta, amniotic fluid, larger breasts and uterus, extra fat stores, and increased blood and fluid volume.

3. Braxton Hicks contractions-
These contractions are warm-ups for the real thing. They're usually weak and come and go unpredictably. True labor contractions get longer, stronger and closer together. If you're having contractions that are painful or regular, contact your health care provider.

4. Backaches
-As your baby continues to gain weight, pregnancy hormones relax the joints between the bones in your pelvic area. These changes can be tough on your back. When you sit, choose chairs with good back support. Apply a heating pad or ice pack to the painful area. Ask your partner for a massage. Wear low-heeled — but not flat — shoes with good arch support. If the back pain doesn't go away or is accompanied by other signs and symptoms, contact your health care provider.

5. Shortness of breath
-You might get winded easily as your uterus expands beneath your diaphragm, the muscle just below your lungs. This might improve when the baby settles deeper into your pelvis before delivery. In the meantime, practice good posture and sleep with your upper body propped up on pillows to relieve pressure on your lungs.

6. Heartburn-During the third trimester, your growing uterus might push your stomach out of its normal position — which can contribute to heartburn. To keep stomach acid where it belongs, eat small meals and drink plenty of fluids between meals. Avoid fried foods, carbonated drinks, citrus fruits or juices, and spicy foods. If these tips don't help, ask your health care provider about antacids.

7. Swelling-
As your growing uterus puts pressure on the veins that return blood from your feet and legs, swollen feet and ankles might become an issue. At the same time, swelling in your legs, arms or hands can place pressure on nerves, causing tingling or numbness. Fluid retention and dilated blood vessels might leave your face and eyelids puffy, especially in the morning. If you have persistent face or eyelid swelling, contact your health care provider.

To reduce swelling, lie down or use a footrest. You might even elevate your feet and legs while you sleep. It can also help to swim or simply stand in a pool.

8. Spider veins, varicose veins and hemorrhoids
-Increased blood circulation might cause small reddish spots that sprout tiny blood vessels on your face, neck or arms, especially if you have fair skin. Blue or reddish lines beneath the surface of the skin (varicose veins) also might appear, particularly in the legs. Varicose veins in your rectum (hemorrhoids) are another possibility.

If you have painful varicose veins, elevate your legs and wear support stockings. To prevent hemorrhoids, avoid constipation. Include plenty of fiber in your diet and drink lots of fluids.

9. Frequent urination-
As your baby moves deeper into your pelvis, you'll feel more pressure on your bladder. You might find yourself urinating more often, even during the night. This extra pressure might also cause you to leak urine — especially when you laugh, cough or sneeze. If you're worried about leaking urine, pantie liners can offer a sense of security.

Continue to watch for signs of a urinary tract infection, such as urinating even more than usual, burning during urination, fever, abdominal pain or backache. Left untreated, urinary infections increase the risk of pregnancy complications.

10. Vaginal discharge
-Potentially heavy vaginal discharge is common at the end of pregnancy. If you saturate a panty liner within a few hours or wonder if the discharge is leaking amniotic fluid, contact your health care provider.

“F” “F” “F-ity” “F”!!!!!!!! I have discovered that along the way there will be moments of peace in the middle of these storms, but damn how can it get worse? I just cannot wait until someone asks me in a few weeks, “How are you feeling?!” and I get to answer...

“Great! I finally managed to master the art of sleeping fully erect to keep my heartburn, shortness of breath and back pain at bay. Last night my boobs were spitting a healthy amount of colostrum during a cup-size growth spurt. My ass and thighs continue to simultaneously race my belly to the "most weight gained" finish line, I nearly lost my toes the other day when the dog mistook them for sausages, BUT the really good news is that my hemorrhoids only bother me when I walk or sit down without a donut pillow and if I am really careful I will not need them surgically removed once baby is here!..."

"...Oh dear, please excuse me...I’m having Braxton Hicks Contractions and I’m not sure if I just peed on myself or had an explosion of discharge, either way I will need to change my extra absorbent panty liner immediately. My baby is not due for another 8 weeks so lets get together soon so we can talk more about the joys of pregnancy! Ciao”

Ok, again, can someone please explain how those crazy women “LOVED” being pregnant? “Pregnancy Amnesia” must be seriously mind blowing.

Here is the link to the mayo Clinic information… there is plenty more where this came from…

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  1. I guess mom is right! Today after I complained about first trimester symptoms she gave me an evil grin and told me to "just wait... oh you just wait." lol Honestly, I think I'm more afraid of hemorrhoids then labor.

  2. Me Too!! I was just laying here trying to get comfortable and thinking, maybe it could be worse... Sleeping in a chair with hemorrhoids! Hope the second trimester is as good to you as it was to me... If not better!

  3. Oh boy, you are so funny!

    I told my honey he's going to have to buy me a recliner. There is no longer a comfortable way to sit. Sleeping I can still manage, for a little while longer....