Late Pregnancy Symptoms: Staying Comfortable in the Third Trimester

By Nicole Pelletiere

The third trimester of your pregnancy might be the most exciting. But it isn’t always easy, thanks to a host of not-so-fun late pregnancy symptoms. “You and baby are at your biggest in the third trimester, and the larger he gets, the more he’ll be pressing on your internal organs,” says Mary Rosser, M.D., at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. Here’s a rundown of the late pregnancy symptoms you can expect, plus how to feel more comfortable at the end of your third trimester.

late pregnancy symptomsLate pregnancy symptom #1: Harsh hemorrhoids

Swollen varicose veins around your rectum aren’t uncommon during your third trimester, thanks to increased pressure from the baby and the tendency to have to strain during bowel movements. And since you can’t shrink your baby, the best way to cope with this late pregnancy symptom is by making it easier to, well, go. A healthy diet high in fiber-rich foods like fruits (especially dried fruits, like prunes), veggies, and whole grains can help, says Rosser. And be sure to drink lots of water, which will help move things along even more.

If you’re still constipated, you can talk to your doc about taking an over-the-counter stool softener. And if hemorrhoids have already become a problem, clean the area with cold witch hazel pads (stick them in the freezer before using them), then soak in a warm tub for 20 minutes. Thankfully, the hemorrhoids will start to go away after you give birth.