What You May Be Feeling

Dec 18, 2010 No Comments by

You may experience all of these symptoms at one time or another, or only a few of them. Some may have continued from last month, others may be new. Still others may be hardly noticed because you’ve become so used to them and/or because you are eclipsed by new and more exciting signs indicating that labor may not be far off:


  • Changes in fetal activity (more squirming and less kicking, as your baby has progressively less room to move around)
  • Vaginal discharge becomes heavier and contains more mucus, which may be streaked red with blood or tinged brown or pink after intercourse or a pelvic exam or as your cervix begins to dilate
  • Constipation
  • Heartburn, indigestion, flatulence, bloating
  • Occasional headaches, faintness or dizziness
  • Nasal congestion and occasional nosebleeds; ear stuffiness
  • Sensitive gums
  • Leg cramps at night
  • Increased backache and heaviness
  • Buttock and pelvic discomfort and achiness
  • Increased swelling of ankles and feet, and occasionally of hands and face
  • Itchy abdomen, protruding navel
  • Stretch marks
  • Varicose veins in your legs
  • Hemorrhoids
  • Easier breathing after the baby drops
  • More frequent urination after the baby drops, since there’s pressure on the bladder once again
  • Increased difficulty sleeping
  • More frequent and more intense Braxton Hicks contractions (s0me may be painful)
  • Increasing clumsiness and difficulty getting around
  • Colostrum, leaking from nipples (though this premilk substance may not appear until after delivery)
  • Extra fatigue or extra energy (nesting syndrome), or alternating periods of each
  • Increase in appetite or loss of appetite


  • More excitement, more anxiety, more apprehension, more absentmindedness
  • Relief that you’re almost there
  • Irritability and oversensitivity (especially with people who keep saying “Are you still around?”)
  • Impatience and restlessness
  • Dreaming and fantasizing about the baby

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