Your growing uterus may leave you short of breath. Your skin may be tight and itchy, your face might break out, and your feet could swell. (On the upside, you may have thicker hair and a rosier complexion.) Here’s how to prevent and treat other common third-trimester problems.
Prevention: Urinate frequently; avoid drinking coffee and tea; don’t cut back on fluids, but do drink more during the day and less in the evening.
Prevention: Exercise and avoid constipation by eating lots of fiber and drinking plenty of water.
Treatment: Use over-the-counter topical drugs like Preparation H or Anusol; sit in warm baths.
Prevention: Keep your legs elevated when possible. Avoid salty foods, stay cool, and wear support pantyhose or stockings.
Treatment: Massage may help.
Prevention: Avoid prolonged standing, move your legs and feet frequently to stimulate circulation; keep your legs elevated and wear support stockings.
Treatment: If varicose veins don’t disappear after delivery, surgical treatments are an option.
More Serious Symptoms
Call your doctor if you experience vaginal bleeding; severe headaches; a marked increase in swelling; decreased fetal movement; leakage of watery fluid from the vagina; constant, severe abdominal pain; or, if you’re less than 37 weeks pregnant, more than five contractions per hour.