In this late stage of pregnancy, daily tasks often need a little more care to prevent straining your back and abdominal muscles or causing pelvic pain. When getting out of bed, try rolling onto your side first, with your legs together, then push yourself gently up into a sitting position. Loosened ligaments and a change in balance can all contribute to pregnancy aches and pains.
You may have reached 35 weeks, but don’t be surprised if some of your earlier nausea returns, most likely due to little space now as your baby is nearly full term. Many moms also suffer from heartburn and indigestion, so eat little and often to keep these symptoms at bay.
You probably feel as if you have been pregnant forever. Your baby is filling every bit of your abdominal cavity and your bump starts right below your breasts. After some relief from breathlessness, the baby is pressing against your lungs and your bladder, so you may feel doubly uncomfortable. Don’t worry, you are almost there! If you can, sit up straight or stretch upwards to relieve the pressure.
Chat with other moms
One of our moms has been diagnosed with pelvic girdle pain and posted in our forums looking for advice on suitable strengthening exercises and how to relieve her discomfort – eumom physiotherapy expert Aoibhin McGreal’s offers her tips in response.