The later stages of pregnancy are the most uncomfortable stages of pregnancy. Your stomach is as big as its going to get, although you’ll likely think it won’t get any bigger and then it does. Below, you’ll find 12 ways you can make this stage of pregnancy as comfortable as possible. Take a look:
- Just Smile and Nod
Leaving the house in the final weeks of pregnancy can be tough. You may have people comment on how big you are, and ask you when you’re due – even if you don’t know them! Don’t say anything you’ll regret, and just try to smile and get on with what you’re doing. Rising to other people will only put you in a bad mood.
- Try To Rest As Much As Possible
Of course, this is easy to say if you’ve been having a lot of trouble sleeping, but resting as much as possible can help to prepare you for what’s to come. If you’re struggling to sleep at night, make time for naps. It’s wise to know that restless leg syndrome can occur during pregnancy, so if this happens to you make sure you seek help. There are remedies for whatever you’re going through.
- Don’t Spend A Silly Amount Of Money On Baby Stuff
In the first few months, you actually need less than you think for the baby. Here’s a list that can help you:
- your hospital bag or labor kit
- a place for your baby to sleep
- a car seat, so that you’re legally allowed to leave with your baby
- basic clothing
- burp cloths
- a pacifier
Don’t panic by spending all of the money you have saved on baby stuff. Simply make sure you have the basics and that will often be enough. You definitely don’t need everything that baby bloggers recommend. You’ll be glad you kept things simple when your home isn’t overrun with things that you don’t use.
- Look After Yourself
There’s every reason to look after yourself now before the baby comes. Make yourself feel good. Get your hair done, and have your nails done. Treat yourself. You might even want to buy a few outfits you feel will be cute and comfortable once the baby is born. Don’t underestimate making yourself feel good before the baby arrives – one they are here, you will likely not be concerned with appearance at all.
- Go on A Date
It’s a good idea to go on a date with your partner before the crazy newborn phase starts. You’re probably fed up and wondering if your baby will ever decide to come, but you should still go and enjoy yourselves. Head to the cinema, have some food you love, and really enjoy it. It’ll probably be a while before you can do this again!
- Let Your Partner Know How You Want Them To Support You
Your partner may not know how to properly support and help you, so don’t be afraid to verbalize it and let them know. Ask them to carry heavy stuff, do the shopping, and anything else that you might struggle with right now. Let them know that maybe sometimes you just need to vent and want to know they support you.
- Maintain A Well Balanced Diet
Make sure you maintain a well balanced diet during pregnancy. You only need around 300 extra calories, although you may need a little more towards the end. Don’t just double all of your portions because you’re ‘eating for two’. Keep a diet rich in nutrients and make sure you’re getting calcium and iron. Take a pregnancy vitamin too – although this won’t work well without a balanced diet to go with it. Discuss with your doctor what you should be eating and anything you should be avoiding.
- Drink Lots Of Water Each Day
t’s important to drink plenty of fluids, especially water, during pregnancy. It could be a good idea to carry a large reusable bottle and carry it with you so that you don’t forget.
A woman’s blood volume increases dramatically during pregnancy, and drinking enough water each day can help to prevent common problems such as dehydration and constipation. Drinking water will help you to get through uncomfortable times!
- Continue Exercising And Being Active
There’s no need to stop being active just because you’re in the later stages of pregnancy. Exercising throughout pregnancy can:
- prevent excess weight gain
- reduce pregnancy-related problems, like back pain,
- improve sleep
- increase energy
- boost your mood
- prepare your body for labor
- lessen recovery time after the birth
If you do this, you’ll be glad by the time you’re delivering the baby. It can be low impact in the later stages, such as swimming or walking. You definitely don’t need to be doing anything high intensity. At least spend a little time stretching each day!
10. Take A Warm Bath
Whenever you’re feeling achy, try a warm bath and use epsom salts. Such a simple thing can help to soothe your aches and pains and make you feel more relaxed. If you can be bothered, try to include a candle and music so that you can really relax.
11. Wear A Support Belt
If you’re especially uncomfortable, you might find that wearing a support belt helps a lot. A support belt is designed to support the baby, correct your posture, and can help with lower back aches. It’s not compulsory, but some people find that it’s a huge relief.
12. Use Pillows For Support
Don’t be afraid of piling the pillows on your bed. Many pregnant women need multiple pillows for head and body. You could even try special pregnancy pillows if you’re struggling to sleep. Some of the larger pregnancy pillows will actually cradle your whole body while you sleep, and will support your bump.
Making this stage of pregnancy seem comfortable may feel impossible, but using the advice above can really help. Do you have any tricks that could help other expectant parents? Leave them below. Come back soon!