You're in the home stretch! Keep these health tips in mind during the last three months of pregnancy.
If you're at 28 weeks, you've reached the last milestone of your pregnancy: the third trimester! By now, the nausea has probably completely subsided, but you may be feeling huge and uncomfortable. With three months left to go, these five health tips could make all the difference for you and your baby.
- Prevent blood clots – Dangerous blood clots are a real threat for women in their third trimester. Sitting still for long periods of time can increase your risk. Make sure you are stretching or walking often.
- Relieve your aches and pains. The farther you are along, the more you will feel the weight of this baby. You are likely to struggle with back pains and other body aches. Give yourself time to rest and use a heating pad on the affected areas.
- Limit your travels. The last thing you want is to experience an emergency or early labor while you're far from your doctor. As the end of your pregnancy approaches, stay close to home as much as possible.
- Sleep on your side. Sleeping on your back during the third trimester can limit blood flow. The ideal sleeping position is on the left side, which encourages the best circulation.
- Listen to your body. If you are constantly fatigued, give yourself permission to take that afternoon nap. If you are feeling energized (and your doctor hasn't put you on bed rest), it is perfectly fine for you to stay on your feet right up until your due date!
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