The third trimester lasts from week 28 to the birth. Many women have some discomfort during this time as their belly gets bigger. You might have trouble getting comfortable so you can sleep. And you might have a few other aches and pains.
Common symptoms you may experience during the third trimester
Breathing difficulty, since your uterus is now just below your
rib cage, and your lungs have less room to expand.
Mild swelling of your feet and ankles (edema). Pregnancy causes
more fluid to build up in your body. This, plus the extra pressure that your
uterus places on your legs, can lead to swelling in your feet and
Difficulty sleeping and finding a comfortable
position. Lying on your back interferes with blood circulation, and lying on
your stomach isn't possible. Sleep on your side, using pillows to support your
belly and between your knees. Later in your pregnancy, it is best to lie on
your left side. When you lie on your right side or on your back, the increasing
weight of your uterus can partly block the large blood vessel in front of your
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 24, 2014
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