Congratulations, you are almost at the end of the line! It is almost time to give birth, and you can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Or can you? It is no secret that the end of a pregnancy is the most uncomfortable part, and it can seem like it takes forever to get it over with. Not only are you anxious, excited and nervous to meet your little one, you are just so darn uncomfortable, that everything becomes a chore! Let’s talk a bit about some of the most common symptoms that women experience in late pregnancy. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
Probably one of the most annoying symptoms that come near the end of a pregnancy. No matter how tired you are, you just can’t sleep. Even if you fall asleep, you aren’t likely to stay there long, because it is terribly hard to get comfortable at the end of pregnancy. That belly just gets in the way of everything!
Top it off with having to use the bathroom every five seconds, and you can see that sleep and the end of pregnancy just don’t mix! Try to rest when you can, nap during the day, and avoid caffeine during the late afternoon/evening hours to try to improve your chances of getting some sleep. If you just can’t sleep, and feel fine, at least you can be productive and work out some of that nesting energy that you are sure to have built up!
The days will come when everything hurts. Back pain is probably one of the worst late pregnancy pains, and this is where a helpful daddy-to-be comes in handy! You will probably also start to experience some “pubic bone” pain, which kind of feels like having your legs ripped off.
Try using a warm compress or heating pad to relieve these pains. You will also experience a great deal of pressure the closer you get to your due date. Once the baby “drops”, this feeling will be a constant, and there really isn’t any relief from the constant pressure. You can feel a little better about the fact that once the baby “drops”, he or she should be arriving soon!
Oh, the swelling. Swelling near the end of pregnancy can be a real pain. Your body begins retaining fluid a lot by the end of your pregnancy, and that fluid retention can be horrible on your aching body. Ankles are usually the worst place for swelling, followed by feet, but you might also see a lot of swelling in your face and hands as well. Try to stay off of your feet as much as possible, and elevate your legs when you can. There is not really too much that you can do about swelling other than wait it out.
Braxton Hicks are usually one of the last symptoms that happen before your baby come, besides of course, losing your mucus plug, and your water breaking. Braxton Hicks are “fake” contractions that try to ready your body for real labor. They usually last around 30 seconds to one minute, and are not usually painful, just uncomfortable. As your pregnancy progresses and you get closer to your due date, your Braxton Hicks contractions will become more regular, last longer, and sometimes become more intense.