Even women who experience nine months of bliss, may get a few minor aches, pains or ailments at the very end of their pregnancies. While the best remedy is the anticipation of meeting their soon-to-be bundles of joy, here are some tips for ways to ease everything from heartburn to water retention. They aren't scientific, just from one mama to another.
- The Final Stretch - Just when you think your stomach can't possibly get bigger, it does. To keep any itching or burning sensation at bay, I am generous with my favorite belly balm and slather the rich lotions and oils on.
- Heartburn - I never had heartburn before I was pregnant. During the third trimester, even missing a meal or eating foods as bland as toast can bring it on. To get through the night without feeling nauseous, I tuck an extra pillow under my head and sleep at an angle.
- Swollen Hands and Pudgy Fingers - Waking up with fingers the size of sausages can affect more than your wedding rings. To help this from happening, I monitor my salt intake and add a bit of unsweetened green tea to my water bottle.
- Clumsiness - I'm not the most coordinated person to begin with so when my center of gravity shifts with the dropping of the babe-to-be, I take precaution and try not to cart my kids or other heavy loads up the stairs.
- Swollen Legs and Ankles - Before my legs can get tight, I kick them up on the couch, chaise or bed whenever the opportunity arises. Elevating the limbs seems to keep them from getting so stiff and swollen as I near my delivery date. I also keep my heels in the closet and opt for flats and flip-flops.
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