Late Term Pregnancy Pains and How to Deal with them

Most pregnancy pains that are experienced later in your pregnancy are due to pressure on your tummy or the start of labor. However, there are smaller issues that could lead to complications so you need to be aware of these and be careful. There are a lot of pregnancy pains that you may experience and we have tackled each one below.

Check Some of the Pregnancy Pains you may Encounter

Leg Cramps

This is one of the pregnancy pains experienced at night. It is very common during pregnancy and are mostly due to lack of calcium and magnesium in your diet so if you are experiencing leg cramps, you need to talk to your doctor about nutritional supplements.

To help overcome leg cramps, you can stretch out your legs, point your toes back towards you, grab your feet, stretch and give yourself a gentle leg massage.

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Another good way to help reduce leg cramps is to press and stretch your arms against the wall. Stand about 30cm away from the wall with your legs shoulder width apart. Now place your two hands on the wall in front of you and then bend your arms so your face nearly touches the wall then push back, do not pull back with your head.

Doing this 5-10 times before bed is great at reducing the chances of getting leg cramps.

How to avoid leg cramps

· To help improve your blood circulation in your legs, take off your shoes and place your feet on a chair for a few minutes

· Raise your feet and do some feet and ankle twists or use your hands to gently massage your legs

· Wear pregnancy pressure tights

A Heavy Chest and Bad Digestion

The feeling of having a heavy chest is very common in later pregnancy. The growing uterus will apply pressure to your stomach and the muscles around your stomach will loosen, forcing them towards your heart thus applying more pressure. After eating spicy food, lifting something heavy or having pressure applied to your stomach, the acid in your stomach may give you heart burn and an uncomfortable feeling in your chest.

It is very common to feel like you have heavy chest but it is not so common to suffer from bad digestion. If you have bad digestion, you will feel pain in your stomach which has been mostly caused by too much food in your stomach or acid in your small intestines.

How to reduce stomach pain caused by bad digestion

· Do not wear tight clothing around your waist

· Do not bend over too much and avoid uncomfortable positions for extended lengths of time

· Have smaller meals each day and reduce the amount you eat for these meals. Drinking a cup of warm milk before going to bed will help re-balance your stomach acid.

Vaginal Bleeding

Although vaginal bleeding is not considered an emergency while not pregnant, it is a major concern during pregnancy. In the early stages of pregnancy, it is not uncommon for a little bleeding while the egg attaches itself within the uterus and also less common due to hormonal changes that affects your monthly cycle. In these cases, bleeding is usually very little and lasts only a short time. However, if the bleeding is accompanied by tummy pains, then you are running the risk of having one pregnancy complications, particularly a miscarriage or an ectopic pregnancy.

During mid-pregnancy, you could experience a little bleeding as a result of having sex or from one of your internal examinations. If a lot of bleeding occurs, then this could be the result of an unstable uterus lining shedding causing the bleeding. Different amounts of bleeding and pregnancy pain will indicate several possible problems. Excessive bleeding could be the result of a miscarriage but this is not very common. If the color of your secretion is pinkish or red, lasts a few days or if it is brown in color and appears on and off for a few weeks, you must go to the hospital immediately for an examination.

Bleeding, tummy pains and a painful waist could all be signs that you are about to go into labor, and if you are only mid way through your pregnancy, you must go to the hospital immediately for treatment to avoid going into early labor. If however you do experience these symptoms 1 or 2 weeks before your due date, this could be a normal sign that you are about to go into labor and you should not be too concerned. The delivery should be perfectly OK.

Different bleeding symptoms and reasons are listed below for your reference:

At different times during pregnancy, there are different reasons that cause vaginal bleeding

Early pregnancy

· The pain will be like a normal period pain but with irregular bleeding – could be caused by a molar or ectopic pregnancy and you must go to a hospital for treatment.

· Too much physical activity can lead to small amounts of blood loss – it is normal and there is no need for concern. Just mention it on your next checkup at the hospital.

· A large amount of bleeding – could be caused by a molar pregnancy and you must go to the hospital for a checkup.

Mid-term pregnancy

· Bleeding without pain – could be as a result of placenta previa and you must seek medical help to stop the bleeding and have regular checkups

Later term pregnancy

· Continually small amounts of blood loss – in case this may be something that could affect your baby, you must go to the hospital for a checkup as soon as possible

· Sudden bleeding without pain – could be a result of placenta previa

· Serious pain and dark blood loss – could be caused by placental abruption and you will need to go to the hospital immediately

Tummy Pain

The most common tummy pain while pregnant is caused by the stretching of the muscles and ligaments around the uterus which is being stretched while the baby grows. This pain varies for all mommies and could be light or strong. Other common reasons why you are experiencing tummy pains are digestive problems, pulled or overly stretched muscles while you’re exercising, or because you coughed or sneezed. These pains are common and should not give you too much concern.

In mid-term or later term pregnancy, pains in your tummy can be a sign of something wrong and you need to be more aware and careful.

In the early stages of your pregnancy, serious tummy pains accompanied by bleeding could be a signal that you have an ectopic pregnancy or you are about to have a miscarriage. A symptom of an ectopic pregnancy is serious pain near your kidneys and brown colored secretion. A miscarriage will be accompanied by severe tummy pains and bleeding, and you must go to the hospital immediately for treatment.

If you experience sharp pains in your tummy

· In late term pregnancy, sharp tummy pains are a signal of early labor. As this is the first signal that you are about to begin labor, you must go to a hospital immediately

Anxiety and Shakiness

In late term pregnancy, even a little too much exercise will cause shortness of breath and a faster heart rate. This is because your larger uterus is pushing your diaphragm up against your lungs and also because the placenta needs lots of blood to support the baby and this place a lot of stress on your heart.

How to treat anxiety and shakiness

· Do not do too much exercise, and if you perform activities do them gently

· Keep a calm and peaceful mind and try not to become too excited

· Always rest in a comfortable position

Vagina Infection

In your early pregnancy, you are having more and more secretions so increasing the chance of acquiring an infection such as candida albicans or saccharomycetes. These types of bacteria (diplococcus) come from your intestines and because they are produced within your own body, they are very hard to cure. These bacteria can grow very rapidly and form little white lumps within your vagina and are very itchy and can make your vagina feel very dry.

How to prevent vaginal infection

· It could relate to consuming excessive amounts of sugar in your diet so you will need to control your sugar intake by eating less sugar and chocolate or other sweet deserts.

· Do not wear tight underwear, you must allow air to flow around your vagina area.

· Wear cotton underwear and change them regularly.

· Keep your vagina area clean. Use a tissue to clean it after you pee, wiping from the front backwards. Cleaning your vagina while you shower or bath is very important, but do not rub your vagina too hard, just use running water to wash from the front to the back and dry gently after washing

Frequent Urination

In your late term pregnancy, peeing will become more and more frequent. You could be up to 2 or 3 times a night to go to the bathroom and this is another signal that you are approaching the time to begin your labor as your baby is beginning to drop and push on your bladder.

As there is now increased pressure on your bladder and it will not be able to function properly, you will need to be more aware of the possibility of getting a bladder or kidney infection and this itself will mean you will want to pee more often.

When you have frequent urination

· When you want to pee, go immediately – do not try and hold it in.

· After peeing, wash your vagina area well and drink some water and avoid spicy food.

· If you have a bladder infection, you may experience difficulty peeing and your urine will appear darker in color. You must go to the hospital for treatment to help cure this condition.

Those are some pregnancy pains that you may be able to experience. You may experience only 1 from above mentioned ones. Each pregnancy is different from one another.

Sandra Henderson

Editor-in-chief at Babiology and a proud mother of four passionate about sharing pregnancy and baby growth knowledges

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