Okay so I am not going to sugar coat it. Pregnancy brings with itself some aches and pains that are especially synonymous with the third trimester. You are constantly told to be happy as your body is busy “cooking” a miracle. However, the topsy-turvy emotions plus the big changes happening in your body leave you feeling down in the dumps.
Here's a list of suggestions on how you can cope with pregnancy blues so you can enjoy this special time in your life:
Exercise The benefits of exercise for the mind, body and soul cannot be stressed on enough. Getting different types of exercise incorporated in your daily routine helps relieve pregnancy backaches in several ways. Firstly, stretching and prenatal yoga helps your body to relax. This in turn releases the tension in your muscles that is known to contribute to pregnancy aches. Secondly, working out releases the feel-good hormones called endorphins that give you an overall feeling of goodness and well-being. However, you should always consult your doctor before beginning any new exercise in pregnancy.
Massage If you are not in the mood for exercise, a massage is a great idea to deal with an aching body. You can ask for a professional massage as a treat if your birthday or other special occasion falls during your pregnancy. Make sure to book in your appointment with a masseuse who is fully trained in prenatal massage. If you can’t afford getting it done professionally, just ask your partner’s help. After all, growing a baby is hard work!
Nap Probably one of the most common complaints of pregnancy is exhaustion. Your body is busy nourishing another little human, it makes sense that you are easily tired. When fatigue hits, take a nap. You will feel a whole lot better! A good advice that I followed during pregnancy is to place a pillow between your knees to help take the pressure off your back. It gives you a much comfortable position to sleep in.
Eat Healthy and Stay Hydrated A balanced diet and proper hydration is key to have a less painful third trimester. If you find yourself getting headaches often, it could be a sign of dehydration! Drink some water and get some rest. You will feel the headache disappear. If it persists, bring it up with your doctor to rule out any other underlying causes.
Bear in mind that not every woman experiences aches and pains, but they are pretty common for most pregnancies. The good news is that it only lasts a short time and you forget about the discomfort as soon as you lay eyes on your little bundle of joy!