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12 August 2022

Body changes during last trimester

pregnant woman holding her belly in a park

The third trimester of pregnancy is going to be your final "home stretch". Most likely, you will be feeling worn out and more emotional than usual. Nevertheless, take it slowly so you do not wear yourself out and remind yourself to stay positive because your little one will arrive in no time.

A word of encouragement is that many pregnant mothers out there are facing the same situation as you are. Having swollen feet, indigestion, constipation, or frequent urination are some of the many common body changes that you will be facing. This can be quite a shock to you, and it can make you uncomfortable at times.

However, it is more important to focus on how to overcome these body changes. Here are some tips to help you look after your body better and feel the best you can through this last lap of your pregnancy journey.

Drink up

pregnant woman holding an electric kettle

There is no magic potion, but the benefits of water are many and plenty. It is important to drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of water per day. It improves digestion, reduces swelling, and also eases hemorrhoids. A tip is to get a 1.5-liter water bottle and leave it in your room so you do not have to go back and forth to get more glasses of water.

Strengthening of your muscles

pregnant woman doing prenatal yoga poses

Doing simple light exercises can also help ease body aches, labour pains, and leg cramps. Prenatal Yoga and the Kegel Exercise are useful for pregnant mothers because they help support specific muscles used during childbirth. However, if you do not want to commit yourself to anything yet, try the Kegel exercise because you can do it discreetly just about anytime and anywhere.

Managing a healthy diet

fruits and vegetables

With the indigestion and constipation, munching on more fruits and vegetables will be the cure. Including foods that are high in fibre in your diet can help to ease the indigestion, and they also contain antioxidants that will protect the baby's brain tissues. Try snacking on dark-coloured vegetables and fruits from the berry family. This will ensure a healthier lifestyle for you and your little one.

Nonetheless, it is important to "listen" to your body so that you can cope with the changes better-and so can the daddy-to-be. These tips are some advice to help you have a more enjoyable pregnancy journey. Embrace this journey towards parenthood.