The Final Countdown!


It’s the final countdown to the birth of your little one and we thought we would answer why you might be uncomfortable.

Q I have heard many minor discomforts may occur in my third trimester, can you explain why?

As a result of your changing body and the steady growth of your womb and your baby some of the following can occur during the final three months of your pregnancy.


The growth of your womb can ‘ squash ‘ the stomach and intestines. The valve at the top of the stomach is also more relaxed by the hormones of pregnancy allowing acid to rise. Small meals more regularly may help with this issue. Avoidance of fatty and spicy meals is usually helpful.

Swelling of Hands & Feet

Your body during your growing pregnancy circulates more blood / fluid in your system than ever before. Retention of fluid can appear in the extremities, usually puffy and swollen hands and feet. It more often occurs in the evening, after a long busy, on your feet day. It will help to ‘ Put your feet up ‘ in the evening. Avoid high shoes. Sit where possible and ankle exercises are a great help. There is a condition only in pregnancy known as pre-eclampsia which can manifest with symptoms of swelling among others i.e. high blood pressure, protein in urine, usually more widespread swelling of face and body. This is a serious medical condition and requires immediate treatment.

Sleep Difficulties

With your growing ‘ Bump ‘ it can be tiresome to get into a comfortable position for sleep. A comfy pillow at your back for support to keep you on your side is a thought you might like to consider. Where you can, extra rest and day naps are especially useful coming up to your due date and are wonderful. It will all stand to you on  ‘ D ‘ day.

Helen O’Carroll

Senior Midwife

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