Dealing With Discomfort

Jan 11, 2011 No Comments by
The fetus is getting quite big and will be putting pressure on your diaphragm, which may mean that you are now finding it more difficult to breathe. This breathlessness should paas once the fetus’s head drops into the pelvis and becomes engaged in a few weeks ‘ time. Try sitting and standing as straight as possible, and put some extra pillows behind your shoulders when you are in bed.
You are likely to need a larger size of bra towards the end of pregnancy and the one that you buy now should fit you after the baby is born . If you are intending to breast-feed, buy a front-opening nursing bra that will be suitable both now and after the birth.
Choose a bra with wide adjustable straps and fastenings and which has a broad supportive band under the cups. Make sure that the cups fit comfortably and do not gape under the arms. Buy one made from cotton or a cotton mixture that will be more comfortable to wear, and allow your skin to breathe properly, particularly in hot weather.
Braxton Hicks Contractions
During pregnancy you will experience contractions which may be uncomfortable but are not usually painful. These are known as Braxton Hicks Contractions, which tighten the muscles of the uterus about every 20 minutes throughout pregnancy, although you have probably not been aware of them during the early months. In the last weeks of pregnancy these contractions become more noticeable as they begin to prepare the uterus for labour by drawing up the cervix and making it thinner. When you have these contractions, practise your breathing techniques for labour.
Kick Counts
You can check on your baby’s well-being by keeping a count of the fetal movements. If there is any concern about the fetus’s devolpment you may be asked to keep a kick chart recording the first 10 movements each day. For your own peace of mind you should be aware of these movements so that if for any reason they become less frequent, or even stop altogether, you will notice immediately. If you are ever concerned about lack of movement, seek some medical advice immediately because it could indicate some trouble with the fetus.
As your pregnancy progresses and the fetus gets bigger it has less room to manoeuvre, so movements will be less noticeable, but less frequent. By the end of your pregnancy the fetus will probably move between 10 and 12 times in a 12-hour period.

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