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Lola Rovati @Lolarovati

As we have said before, all women suffer, to a lesser or greater extent, the discomfort of pregnancy. We have already talked about the most common in the first trimester and in the second trimester of pregnancy. We are going to dedicate ourselves to the discomforts in the third trimester of pregnancy and how to alleviate them.

In the final stretch of pregnancy, new disorders appear or some already existing are aggravated, but in any case the majority are caused by the weight gain and the volume of the gut. In the third trimester, if they have not done so before, there are some discomforts, such as back pain, heartburn, swelling and heaviness of the legs, snoring and indigestion.

Heartburn or heartburn

Acidity or heartburn may appear at any time during pregnancy. It is caused by the action of the hormones that produce a relaxation of the muscular ring that is between the esophagus and the stomach, allowing the stomach acids and part of the digested food to flow back into the esophagus, producing a burning or burning sensation .

However, it is more frequent or worse in the third trimester due to the pressure exerted by the uterus on the stomach, also making the digestion slower.

To keep acidity at bay you should eat small amounts several times a day, eat slowly, avoid some foods such as citrus fruits, yogurt, raw leafy vegetables, fried foods, alcohol and coffee, wait at least an hour to go to bed after eating, and sleep a little incorporated.

Swelling and feeling of heaviness in the legs

The increase in blood volume causes excess fluid to accumulate in the pregnant woman's tissues, causing swelling and heaviness in the feet and legs.

To relieve the swelling you should avoid being many hours standing or sitting, try to walk and raise your legs to facilitate the venous return. The edema can descend to the ankles and feet, so try to avoid socks that squeeze and uncomfortable shoes.

Take showers of cold water on your legs, eat fruit and drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated.

Back pain

The back is one of the parts of the body that suffers most in pregnancy . The distension of the ligaments, caused by the hormone relaxin, and the weight of the gut cause an imbalance in body posture and a pain, sometimes really intense, in the lower back.

If you suffer from back pain, follow these simple tips to prevent it: take care of your posture to avoid damaging the back (for example, when bending over do it by bending the knees, not the waist), practice exercise, use proper footwear (not too high not too low), give massages and apply localized dry heat if necessary.


Even when you have never snored, it is possible that by the third trimester of pregnancy you will begin to do so. If you already snore before pregnancy, it is likely to intensify.

The cause of snoring in pregnancy is inflammation of the airways that produces a feeling of tamponade (even without being constipated) and some difficulty breathing which results in snoring. In addition, towards the end of pregnancy, some fat is deposited around the neck and throat, narrowing more the respiratory tract .

To relieve snoring during pregnancy, it is recommended to avoid caffeine, control weight gain, raise your head a little when sleeping, sleep on your side or resort to adhesive nasal strips.


The size of the uterus compresses the organs involved in digestion making it slower and heavier . This causes upset stomach, gas and feeling that everything you eat feels bad.

As it is recommended when there is acidity, it is advisable to avoid heavy and heavy meals, take small portions throughout the day, eat slowly and chew meals well. Eat at least an hour before going to bed and sleep semi-incorporated.

Restless legs syndrome

It is a frequent disorder towards the end of pregnancy. It is characterized by a discomfort in the legs when lying down, a discomfort that makes them move and constantly change their posture preventing rest. You can feel tingling, tightness, burning, cold or pain, both in one and in both legs.

To relieve this annoying disorder of restless legs, it is recommended to improve rest, exercise moderately (preferably towards the end of the day) and avoid drinks with caffeine. It is believed that there may be a relationship with the vitamin deficit, but it must be the doctor who indicates the case for vitamin supplements.

Insomnia in pregnancy

Towards the end of pregnancy, the size of the belly and concerns as the time of delivery approaches, can affect our quality of sleep. The most common causes of insomnia during pregnancy are increased urinary frequency, back pain, gastroesophageal reflux, restless legs syndrome, and movements of the baby.

If you have difficulty reconciling or maintaining sleep during the night, there are some tips you can follow to sleep better: try to maintain a fixed schedule for bedtime and wake up, avoid stimulant drinks that contain caffeine and thein, as well as carbonated beverages and perform physical activity.

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