(Closed) How did you handle the 3rd trimester discomfort?

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
7430 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’m pretty sure I just whined a lot and took Tylenol :/

Post # 3
1432 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

GooteyBootey:  I have been seeing a chiropractor for most of my pregnancy (will be 35 weeks tomorrow!), and I swear she’s the reason why I haven’t had any troubles during this pregnancy.  She has a saying at her clinic: “Even though it’s common, it’s not normal”.  You shouldn’t have to live in pain, even though women all experience aches and pains in pregancy.  I really recommend you go to a chiropractor who specializes in pregnant women.    

Also, massages are wonderful and really help out with swelling and pain.  And they may help you sleep better too.

Something else you might want to try (although I haven’t yet) is acupuncture.  I’ve heard crazy amazing things about its successess, and I’m looking to do it closer to my due date, to help prepare me for labour.  Acupuncture can help with insomnia, back pain, maternal stress… so many things in pregnancy.  Probably even sinus trouble!  

Good luck, and hang in there!


Post # 4
3008 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

GooteyBootey:  I definitely agree with MsGolightly! Chiropractor and massage if you can. I would also make myself a little ice bath for my feet when they got swollen (I was due in July!) and swim laps-it was so nice to be weightless in the pool, and exercise always helped me feel better and sleep better (I also took Unisom a lot)….good luck!

Post # 5
1480 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I complained a lot. Lol.


I agree with the pp that said massage. It got my discomfort down to a manageable level every time. 

Post # 6
8439 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I took zyrtec and put my feet up a lot.  We also have a really nice memory foam mattress.  I only made it to 36+6 with my twins.

Post # 7
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Great question! Following this sucker for ideas. 

Post # 8
1248 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - Chateau Briand

my sup at work told me she did acupuncture with her second pregnancy. i’ve never tried it before (and jsut dealt with the discomfort with DD) but i’m thinking i would give it a whirl this time around if i get super uncomfortable in my last few weeks. 

Post # 9
4192 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

Prenatal massage. Baths or swimming in a pool. Sometimes I found I slept better on the couch.

Post # 10
2190 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

Pillows galore for sleeping. Benadryl (which I see you are already taking) for the stuffiness. Resting as much as I can during the day. Really trying not to over do it (for a long time I tried to continue to do everything “normally”). Warm epsom salt baths. Foot massages.

And quiet honestly, some times I just grin and bear it. My pubic joint started separating really early and I have SPD. It hurts like a MOFO! 

Post # 11
1432 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

OH – one more thing: if, like CocoLoco523, you’re having trouble with your pubic bone, you can get one of those pelvic support belts that tighten and hold your hips together.  The relief is almost immediate.  Mine kind of looks like this, but is slightly different:


Post # 12
1782 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

housebee:  That’s great to get to almost 37 weeks with twins! Great accomplishment! 

Post # 13
915 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Drink a ton of water, take half hour breaks if you can to put your feet up (“toes above your nose!” or thereabouts) to help with swelling, and make yourself exercise a bit.  Even just walking each day is really helpful in keeping up energy and keeping aches and pains down overall.

For swelling, my midwife suggested epsom salt foot baths; however, since we don’t have a tub, I can’t vouch for whether or not it works.  I’ve also had to dust the bedroom a lot more as my sinuses have been acting up since about 20 or so weeks too.  That helps a little.

Post # 14
77 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: Crichton Church, Dumfries, Scotland

A maternity pillow, lots of cups of tea and growling at anyone who got too close! X

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