Pregnancy is a wonderful state in a woman’s life, but it must be recognized that the last few weeks, for most of us, are somewhat uncomfortable. In addition to not sleeping well, heavy digestions, swollen ankles … calm, we help you carry it better with simple guidelines.
Fatigue and shortness of breath
This discomfort is due to the pressure exerted by the uterus, which is now huge, on your diaphragm, reducing the space of your lungs. To relieve her…
- Sit straight, take a deep breath and avoid making sudden movements and efforts.
- At night, sleeping semi-reclining, with back cushions, will help you breathe better. Have a little patience.
A few weeks before delivery, when the baby descends between your pelvis, the gut will lower you a lot and you can breathe with less difficulty.
Bad digestion at the end of pregnancy
Gastric acidity occurs when the barrier that separates the stomach and esophagus relaxes, allowing the return of digestive juices into the esophagus. The problem worsens as the uterus presses more to the stomach. This compression is also the cause of slow and difficult digestions.
To avoid these discomforts, finish your meals with a chamomile, do not lie down just after eating and raise the mattress of your bed, around the headboard area, about 15 cm.
Sciatica, how annoying!
Approximately 35% of future moms, in the last months of pregnancy, feel acute pain in the upper part of the buttock that radiates to the knee and can extend from the back of the leg to the foot. Again, the reason is the excess weight of the uterus, which this time presses the sciatic nerve.
- To prevent this discomfort, do not take weight, practice some moderate exercise appropriate to your state, do not gain more weight, do not make sudden movements and do not spend much time standing. If your work forces you to do this, lay the culete on the wall every so often. This will be enough to avoid forcing the sciatic nerve.
- And if this area already hurts, apply dry heat on it and sleep on your side with your legs bent. Your doctor may prescribe an analgesic or a vitamin B complex, which strengthens your nerves.
They are frequent in this trimester due to being overweight and sometimes due to a lack of magnesium and potassium. Ask your doctor if you should take a supplement of these nutrients or if you should modify your diet.
- To prevent them, wear diminishing compression stockings, drink plenty of water and, at home, lie on the bed, stretch your legs and press them against the wall.
- If you get a cramp at night, stretch your leg, flex your foot up and tell your partner to repeatedly push your fingers toward the shin.
Swollen ankles and heaviness of legs
To make your legs weigh less, wear a breathable footwear, which holds your foot well without pressing it, and forget about short socks, which hinder blood circulation.
- If you notice swollen ankles, drink plenty of water and increase diuretic foods, such as lettuce and onion, in your diet.
- Take a good walk every day and when you get home, rest with your legs stretched out and resting on a pillow.
- From this position, flex and stretch the toes, several times, without moving the ankles.
- It will also reduce the swelling that you do circular rotations with your feet, inwards and outwards.
Hemorrhoids, how uncomfortable!
They are produced by constipation and the pressure that the child exerts on the veins surrounding the anus.
You can’t do anything against this last cause. But to prevent constipation, eat foods rich in fiber (chard, melon, oranges …), drink plenty of water (between a liter and a half and two liters every day) and take a daily walk of at least 30 minutes.
If they still appear to you, apply an ice pack to the area (cover it with a cloth, so it doesn’t burn you). It will relieve you.
At the end of pregnancy it is very normal not to be able to rest well. The volume of your gut prevents you from finding a comfortable posture and besides, you are anxious thinking about how the delivery will take place, if your little one will be fine … To avoid it, put these guidelines into practice:
- Share your fears with your partner, your family, your friends … and, of course, with the doctor.
- Walk 30 minutes daily. If accompanied, better, because that way, in addition to physical exercise, you will talk, laugh …
- Be regular in your schedules. Lie down and always get up at the same time. This way you will get used to your body at a regular pace and it will cost you less to relax at night and activate in the morning.
- Ventilate your room. Do it not only in the morning, but also for a while before bedtime. Pure air will help you sleep.
- Light dinner and soon. This prevents the heaviness of the stomach. At dinner, take a glass of milk (it favors sleep) and do not drink much (you will avoid so many visits to the bathroom).
- Read something nice. If you feel well, you will relax and fall asleep quickly.
- If you don’t have too much gut, turn on your back with a cushion placed under your legs. This way you will avoid having your lower back hurts. If you have a lot of guts, stand on your side, with a pillow between your legs, to facilitate circulation.