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The Best And Worst Parts of The Third Trimester of Pregnancy

After the second trimester, you hit the third.

One thing that is not pleasant about the third trimester of pregnancy is the gradual weight gain that will be difficult to lose once the baby is born. You can cut down on the excess weight gain by eating a balanced diet daily and cutting out unhealthy foods such as snacks made of refined flour such as white pasta, white rice and white bread.

Another irritating part about the third trimester is the constant backaches and this is due to the weight gain of the unborn child inside you. If you’re sleeping or sitting, look for a chair or pillow that has excellent back support.

Constant Need to Urinate

The reason for the constant need to irritate is because of the baby pressing against your pelvis as he grows inside of you. If you’re urinating at unusual levels or if you feel that you may have a urinary tract infection, meet with your doctor to discuss solutions to the problem.

The Joys of Feeling and Hearing Your Baby

One of the best things about being in the third trimester is the joy you receive when you feel the baby moving in your stomach or when you hear the baby’s heartbeat during a doctor’s visit. You start to anticipate the day when you can hold your baby and sing or talk to him every day. It is this joy that supersedes any discomfort you feel from the negative symptoms.

Lack of Energy

A common discomfort during the third trimester is a lack of energy and there are some solutions to the problem. Start by establishing a set bedtime each night and if you’re really tired during the day, you should take a nap. Eat more whole grains as this helps you get more energy and sometimes exercise boosts energy levels. I found some great information about natural ways to boost my energy with natural remedies on this site.

You Receive Encouragement from Others

When you’re in the third trimester, it is almost time to give birth and during this time you’ll receive plenty of encouragement from loved ones although you may disagree with some of the advice they give. It is also during this time that you’ll be given a baby shower and you’ll have a lot of gifts that you can use after the baby is born.

Conclusion

There are good and bad aspects of the third trimester but the good news is that it will all come to an end and this means the pregnancy symptoms go away. Until that time you should keep up with your doctor’s appointments and relax as often as possible. Delegate household chores to your spouse and older children and be sure to pack a bag so that when it is time to give birth you’ll be ready to head to the hospital. Use this trimester to narrow down possible baby names.

Read more about what to expect in the third trimester of pregnancy and check out our guide to the baby items you need.

The Best And Worst Parts of The Second Trimester of Pregnancy

There are many good and bad parts to the second trimester of pregnancy after often a horrible first trimester.

One of the best parts of the second trimester of pregnancy is that your breasts become larger.  This is because of the milk production that occurs. Those who had very small breasts before pregnancy may be excited about the growth in their breasts while for other women this could be the worst part of the second trimester if their breasts were already large before pregnancy. A negative part of pregnancy during the second trimester is the increase in stretch marks and occasional cramping in the stomach, which is known as Braxton Hicks contractions.

Here is a great second trimester to do list.

You Receive Special Treatment

One of the best things about the second trimester, according to some mothers, is that you receive special treatment from loved ones and other people. People will open the doors for you and you may receive encouragement from strangers regarding the pregnancy. Also during this time, your spouse will be more accommodating than usual to your needs by doing chores such as cooking, washing clothes, cleaning the bathroom or running certain errands.

You Feel The Baby Kick in Your Stomach

During the second trimester you sense a stronger feeling of the baby in your stomach and you experience the joy of knowing that a precious life resides in your body.  You wonder what the baby will look and act like as he grows over the years. Your spouse and older children will also share in your happiness.

No More Nausea

During the second trimester you will hopefully not experience the constant nausea and vomiting as you did in the first trimester and this is something that many expectant mothers say that they are happy about as they reached the second trimester.

Leg Cramps

When you are in your second trimester you’ll experience leg cramps and some mothers stated that this was one of the toughest parts of this trimester. You can relieve your leg cramps by stretching the legs before bedtime and drinking plenty of water. Ask your spouse to give you a leg massage and a warm bath should also help.

Kidney Stones

A negative aspect of the second trimester is the development of kidney stones and this can cause physical discomfort in the body. One good way to eliminate kidney stones naturally is to drink a few glasses of water.  Lemonade is also beneficial. You don’t want to eat high sodium foods as this trigger kidney stones.

Conclusion

The second trimester is a stage during pregnancy where you see less of the major symptoms that existed during the first trimester such as nausea and constant fatigue. You should keep up with the doctor’s appointments and eat as well as possible to ensure that your baby will be in good physical shape at birth. Take time to relax and delegate some household chores to your spouse and older children. You can still exercise, but don’t overdo it because it causes strain on the body. Finally, maintain a stress free life during the pregnancy.

Read about the third trimester.

The Best And The Worst Parts About The First Trimester of Pregnancy

One of the worst things about the first trimester of pregnancy is the constant nausea. You become hypersensitive to certain smells and tastes and there are times when you may throw up at various times in the day.

Another drawback during the first trimester is that you’ll be hungry most of the time, and this hunger is generally not satisfied even after you have eaten until you’re full. Some mothers stated that one of the worst things about the first trimester is the up-and-down emotional rollercaster. One minute you’ll feel really excited while you may feel irritated within the next few hours.

Best Parts About First Trimester

During the first trimester you can still fit your current clothes and you haven’t gained the extra pounds yet. You also don’t have to deal with extreme heartburn, constant body aches and back pain that are all a part of the next few trimesters of pregnancy. The first trimester is also a time where you can enjoy hearing the baby’s heartbeat. There is a lot of time left to prepare the checklist of items you need and you can use this time to pick the baby’s name and reflect on the joys of parenting.

You Can Still Exercise During First Trimester

During the first trimester you still have the benefit of exercising on a regular basis, so if you want to maintain a healthy weight during your pregnancy, now is the time to continue with your regular routine. You can still do high intensity workouts but be sure to take breaks in between the exercises and you should also go a few days without exercise to avoid burnout since fatigue is a part of the first trimester.

It Puts A Dent in Your Sex Life

You will not need to abandon sex altogether during your pregnancy, but due to the above mentioned symptoms that occur during the first trimester, you’ll find that your sex life is not the best and you may not desire it as much as you did prior to pregnancy although some pregnant women desire it more during this time. It depends on the hormonal changes you experience.

Frequent Urination

Some mothers stated that they hated the frequent urination that occurred during the first trimester and this is one of the negative aspects of pregnancy. The reason this happens is because of the baby’s pressure that goes against the uterus.

Initial Excitement

One of the best aspects of the first trimester is that you can experience the “honeymoon” stage of pregnancy where you’re excited and you share the good news with loved ones. You start to think about how you will raise your child and you envision how your life will change once the baby is born. On the other hand, some pregnant women experience excitement as well as minor depression.

In conclusion, you will experience positive and negative symptoms during the first trimester.

Read about the second trimester.