Some Things to Consider
You're pretty much on cruise control at this point in the pregnancy, but here are a few things to keep in mind as you count down to 40 weeks:
- Mild swelling, otherwise known as edema, is common in pregnancy, especially late in the game. Between 40 and 75 percent of pregnant women develop it, so it shouldn't be cause for concern. But, call your doctor if your swelling is extreme and lasts more than 24 hours, affects your hands or face, if you rapidly gain weight or develop high blood pressure. These could be signs of preeclampsia.
- Back in the first trimester, you might have discovered it was a good idea to eat small meals throughout the day to combat nausea. Even if you were able to return to your old eating habits in the second trimester, you might now find that a sandwich and bag of chips for lunch is just too much to handle. Snacks and small meals could become your friend again in the final weeks.
- Those wacky pregnancy hormones that are wreaking havoc on your digestive system are also working their strange magic on your joints, loosening and stretching your ligaments. So if you're still exercising regularly (and good job if you are!), you might want to scale back the intensity now that you're carrying more weight and possibly becoming more clumsy.