- Sleep on your sides and not on your back. Some recommend sleeping on your left side. Sleeping on the back can double the risk of stillbirth.
- Sleep with your feet elevated.
- Avoid sitting or standing for a long time. If your feet are swelling excessively consult your doctor.
- Use a cool damp compress to relieve heat rash.
- Place cool cucumber slices under your eyes for puffiness under the eyes, especially when you wake up in the morning.
- Look on the bright side of things – most of the discomfort you are experiencing will pass off after delivery!
Ask your doctor
- During any activity I feel quite breathless and can’t talk at the same time. I feel my heart pounding too. Is that normal?
- My feet are swollen to the point that I can’t squeeze my feet into my shoes. Is that normal?
- Have I gained enough weight? Should I be doing anything more for a healthy pregnancy?
- Should I be attending special classes in preparation for delivery?
Your to do list
- Make sure you sleep on your sides.
- Support your bump with a pillow and another pillow between your knees when you go to sleep.
- Record your weight and blood pressure.
- Learn some soothing yoga based relaxation techniques.
- Ask your husband to put his ears against my belly to hear baby’s heartbeat.
Questions you may have
“Changing my diet helped. I stopped Cabbage, Raddish and such had more of Spinach and carrots. I was also asked to drink plenty of water and opt for smaller meals.”
“You act out intuitively when pregnant. After all you have to take care of yourself and your baby. Setting boundaries is good. It’ll help later too.”