Medicine For the Tummy
Who thought nausea would return after the first trimester? Combined with heartburn, let’s just say that your belly issues are due to the fact that you have a tiny human growing on top of your digestive system. Chewable Tums are a favorite snack. Zantac is a morning/night pill I have to take to function. If I try to go a day without any kind of stomach medicine, I may as well not eat or drink anything. What do you use for third-trimester stomach issues?
I’ve mentioned before the importance of drinking water while pregnant to prevent dehydration (which can cause contractions). During your third trimester, when you’re cranky and tired, it’s easier to make sure you’re drinking enough water when you have a large water bottle to refill by your side. I love my 32oz CamelBak because it has a straw top and I can drink from it while laying down. Once the baby comes , if you’re going to breastfeed, you have to drink even more… so I’m excited about labor/delivery because the hospital gives you the BEST ginormous water mug.
Making sure you have a comfortable place to attempt to sleep during your third trimester is essential. I have a Snoogle pillow that I really did not start to use until my baby bump was of effecting how I slept. They say you should sleep on your side during pregnancy, since back and stomach sleeping is not safe for baby or Momma (compresses major blood vessels disrupting blood flow to the baby and making you feel sick). I like to keep a heating pad by the side of my bed for cramps or backaches – and you can’t forget a comfortable pair of pajamas (if anything you own still fits – high five!).
If you read my bump updates then you know I suffer from vulvar varicose veins. What helps me get through a day is wearing something supportive – my V2 Supporter and Spanx. I also can’t stand thongs these days because I’m so swollen down there – so I live in seamless boy shorts from VS or Target. Sometimes I even wear a pair of regular undies and boy shorts, along with a panty liner.
We all know patience is a virtue you cannot buy. However, you will have to find some patience while waiting for your little one to arrive. How does one practice patience? Baths. Meditation. Exercise.
Nesting is a great way to survive the third trimester. I know that the last few weeks of each of my pregnancies are spent cleaning, organizing, and making my home ready for the new baby. I am a manic nester, but lists help me stay on track. Invest in a pad of paper and some fun colored pens to organize what you need to have done before the baby arrives.