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Why is it hard to sleep during the third trimester of pregnancy?

In the last weeks of pregnancy, most women have difficulty sleeping at night. It's hard to find a comfortable position, and just about the time you do, you have to get up to go to the bathroom again. Your baby may be on a different schedule than you are, merrily kicking when you are trying to sleep. Increased anxiety about the birth and your abilities to be a good mother may also be keeping you awake.

Lying on your left side with a pillow between your knees and more pillows under your head, back and abdomen can help you be more comfortable during your third trimester of pregnancy. Taking a warm bath or shower, drinking warm milk and practicing relaxation techniques before you go to bed can also help.

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3rd Trimester Of Pregnancy

The final few weeks of your pregnancy will put the most strain on your body. Extra weight will cause back pain, breasts will be at their largest, and you may suffer from mild contractions. Swelling may also cause your ankles, face...

, and hands to become puffier than usual. Fatigue will usually set in after the 2nd trimester due to extra weight, broken sleep patterns, and stress from upcoming delivery. The baby is now pressing down on your bladder so urination is more frequent than ever. If you notice discharges are heavy or blood-colored, visit you doctor. It may be a sign that you lost your mucus plug and are dilating for labor.
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