Staying comfortable during the final stage of pregnancy

Staying comfortable during the final stage of pregnancy

on May 13, 2024

Welcoming a new baby is one of life's most exciting adventures, and as you enter the home stretch of your pregnancy, comfort and preparation are key. The third trimester brings a unique set of challenges as your belly grows to accommodate your little one.  

Here are some examples of common symptoms that you may experience and tips on how to help maximize your comfort:  

  • Back discomfort: Consider resting on a firm mattress, cuddling a pillow between your knees, or embracing the added support of a prenatal belt. Try applying tender heat or a gentle massage to help relieve strain and tension.  
  • Constipation: Drink lots of water and eat high fibre foods, such as vegetables, whole grains, and fruit.  Talk to your doctor before taking any stool softeners or laxatives.    
  • Difficulty sleeping: Embrace a regular sleep schedule and create a cool, peaceful bedroom that invites you to relax. 
  • Heartburn: Avoiding heartburn-triggering foods like coffee, pop, spicy and high-fat foods, particularly near bedtime.  
  • Leg cramps: Hydration, gentle activity, and calf stretches can be effective rituals to reduce cramps. 
  • Fatigue: Stay energized with a healthy balanced diet and mild to moderate exercise.    

If you have any concerns or questions about your health, talk to your healthcare provider.   

 

References:  

Health Canada. Your Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy. 2023. https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/health-promotion/healthy-pregnancy/healthy-pregnancy-guide.html. Accessed April 2024.