As the birth of your baby draws near, some of the symptoms of the first trimester might come back. It’s normal to be tired and nauseous in the final weeks of pregnancy. You may have trouble sleeping, and feel excited about meeting your baby soon. Physical discomfort is not unusual during the third trimester, and this is just one of the contributing factors that make you want to be “done” with pregnancy already, and welcome your baby!
Heavy fetal movement and hiccups
During your third trimester, your baby will not just flutter – he or she will kick, punch, and do acrobatics in there! Your partner, friends and relatives can share your joy and feel the baby too now. Sometimes, your can even feel your baby have hiccups!
Hemorrhoids are quite literally “a pain in the butt”. What can you do to get relief from this frequent pregnancy complaint? Anti-inflammatory medications, or herbal remedies like witch hazel, can relieve you from some discomfort. They do need time to heal, though.
Pregnancy shortness of breath
Are you having trouble breathing in the second and third trimesters? Shortness of breath in pregnancy can be caused by hormonal changes and the fact that your internal organs are running out of space.
Gestational diabetes – diabetes in pregnancy
Gestational diabetes is a type of diabetes that can affect pregnant women. A glucose test will be part of your routine prenatal care to test for gestational diabetes.
Abdominal “popping” sounds
Have you noticed any weird popping or clicking sounds – when you move, or when your baby is dancing around inside your body? What is that all about? It’s not entirely clear what causes it, but we do know many women have this.
Pelvic Girdle Pain
Pelvic Girdle Pain is a condition that affects pregnant women, and can cause a lot of pain in the pelvic area as well as the hips and thighs. Fortunately, PGP only affects a small number of pregnant women, but if this is one of your pregnancy signs, it can be difficult to cope with the pain.
Nesting instinct – the natural urge to prepare your house for the new baby
Have you got the terrible and unstoppable urge to keep scrubbing, cleaning, reorganizing, and washing? If you are in your third trimester of pregnancy, this definitely means the nesting instinct has hit you!
As your pregnancy draws to an end, you will be wondering what the signs of impending labor are! Read Third trimester pregnancy signs – part 2 to find out what to expect in the final weeks of pregnancy.