Common Symptoms That Occur in Late Pregnancy

May 7th 2016

Many of the common symptoms of late pregnancy are both inconvenient and uncomfortable. However, they are not a danger to the baby and can often be reduced or avoided with home care and a bit of help from friends and family. It is said that it takes a village to raise a child, but it often takes at least a household to ensure that the child's mother stays comfortable in the last few months of pregnancy.

Back Pain

Towards the end of a pregnancy, many women experience back pain. This is due to both the additional weight of the baby and the fact that posture changes occur throughout pregnancy that can throw the spine out of alignment. During the third trimester, the ligaments in the pelvis begin to loosen in preparation for labor, which also exacerbates the issue. WebMD notes that maintaining good posture and using aids such as sleep pillows and heat pads can ameliorate back pain.

Frequent Urination

By the third trimester, the baby may well be lying on the bladder; in any case, there is a lot less room for the bladder to expand, which causes frequent urination in most women. This is likely to cause inconvenience and lost sleep, but unless there is pain during urination or the urine shows traces of blood, it is not something to worry about.

Restless Legs

Restless leg syndrome can also cause lost sleep, as it causes leg muscles to jitter and twitch as the woman is falling asleep, causing discomfort and preventing her from dozing off. Some experts recommend increasing calcium intake and stretching before lying down to try to lessen this symptom, according to Today's Parent.

Heartburn

The uterus displaces the stomach as it grows, pushing stomach acid up into the esophagus. This creates the unpleasant sensations of heartburn, which many women find becomes almost constant towards the end of pregnancy. Eating smaller meals and resting with the chest elevated can help to reduce acid production and keep it where it belongs, but WebMD notes that even in pregnancy there are medications that may be safe to take to combat this distressing symptom. Seek a doctor's advice on this, as not every medicine will be suitable for each case.

Fatigue

Fatigue is one of the most common third trimester symptoms. Not only is a pregnant woman growing a whole new body inside her womb, she has less opportunity to get the right nutrition, thanks to heartburn and digestive issues, and has very little chance of uninterrupted sleep due to the wide range of common late pregnancy symptoms that are most troublesome at night. Getting the best food possible and grabbing every opportunity to nap or rest can help with this. After all, as WebMD notes, an expectant mother needs to reserve her strength for her sleepless nights once the baby is born.

Conclusion

As a pregnancy progresses and a woman's body changes ahead of the act of giving birth, several common symptoms may occur. These are usually benign and manageable at home. As always, any unusual or extreme symptoms should be checked out by a medical expert.

Sources

WebMD.com "Third trimester of pregnancy" http://www.webmd.com/baby/guide/third-trimester-of-pregnancy
MayoClinic.org "Late pregnancy symptoms: Toughing it out" http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/pregnancy-week-by-week/expert-blog/late-pregnancy-symptoms/bgp-20055820
TodaysParent.com "Late pregnancy aches and pains" http://www.todaysparent.com/pregnancy/being-pregnant/late-pregnancy-aches-and-pains/

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