Swelling happens when your body holds more fluids than its usual capacity. During the 3rd trimester of pregnancy, the body produces more body fluids and blood than normal for the baby, leading to swelling of certain areas. The increasing weight of the baby adds further pressure to the veins of your legs, abdomen and thighs, worsening the problem even more. Usual areas that get swelled up during the 3rd trimester of pregnancy are face, ankles, feet and face.
- Which factors trigger Swelling?
Even though swelling is common and expected during the 3rd trimester, there are certain factors that can trigger it or worsen it, such as: high level of sodium and caffeine in your diet, low consumption of potassium, prolonged hours of activity or exercise, standing for long periods, or summer heat.
You cannot stop swelling by a hundred percent, but can definitely control how swelled up you’re going to be. To prevent swelling you must inculcate food items that rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin E in your diet. Food items such as melons, potatoes, citrus fruits, cabbage, broccoli, vegetable oils, sunflower seeds, sweet corn are rich in vitamins and are also healthier options when compared to processed or fast foods. You must cut down on your salt, sugar and caffeine intake and add a small amount of protein in each meal. Apart from following a healthy diet during your 3rd trimester, you must also avoid exercising for long hours, avoid standing for long, and avoid indulging in too much activity. Exercising for 15-30 minutes daily can prove to be beneficial. Remember, this is the time to rest so do not fatigue yourself at any cost.
Several therapies and remedies can help you ease the swelled up areas of your body. Massaging your body with essential oils, taking showers in warm water, using herbal medicines are some of the effective methods. You can also try osteopathy and reflexology to ease the swollen areas.
Remember, swelling is very common during the 3rd trimester, but do not be hesitant to visit your doctor if you feel that you’re abnormally swollen. Here’s wishing you and your baby good health and prosperity!
If this is your first child and you’re in the 9th month of pregnancy, the thoughts of labour pains are probably giving you sleepless nights right now. Even more so is the thought of a normal delivery since you obviously wish for good health of your baby. Doing exercises during 9th month of pregnancy that support and stretch the muscles of your back, pelvis, thighs can prove to be useful. We’ve curated a list of exercises that help you with the same:
- Pelvic Stretches
This is one of the best exercises during 9th month of pregnancy. Keep your feet sturdy on the ground, stretch your legs and keep your back straight. This will stretch and shift your pelvic onward and backward. Repeat it 10-20 times depending on your comfort level.
Squats help in contracting and loosening the pelvic muscle during pregnancy and reduce delivery pains. Take the toilet position with the support of a holder or gym ball in order to add pressure to the pelvic and thigh area.
Yoga one of the most ancient forms of exercise is like a mystical route to a peaceful mind and healthy body. Doing yoga exercises during 9th month of pregnancy has several benefits including increased elasticity and endurance power. You can try vakrasana, utkatasana, konasana, and bhadrasana.
- Cobbler Pose
Also known as tailor pose, cobbler pose helps in stretching your pelvis and building good flexibility. Remember to do this exercise with a cushion below your back and thighs.
- Downward Dog
This exercise is important since it gives support to your thigh muscles and lets them maintain good holding capacity. To do this exercise, extend your legs and bend on all four limbs, floating the back towards the sky. Hold onto the position for two minutes, release, and repeat daily.
- Kegel Exercises
Kegel exercises are also known as of pelvic floor exercises. They’re one of the most important exercises during 9th month of pregnancy because they help in strengthening the muscles located in your vagina and rectum. You can perform the exercise either by contracting the pelvic floor muscle or by holding the pelvic floor muscle. Hold it for 10 seconds and release. Perform it 15-20 times daily.
Remember to maintain correct postures at all times, never fatigue yourself and always do these exercises for short spans of time. These exercises keep your pelvic joints flexible, increase blood flow to your lower body, thus comfort your delivery. We hope that you do these exercises during 9th month of pregnancy and share your experiences with us. Happy Motherhood!!