Just over it

Pregnancy Life & Style - - GOOD ADVICE -

QI CAN’T COPE WITH MY PREG­NANT BODY ANY MORE. I’M 20 WEEKS PREG­NANT AND IT’S AL­READY TOO BIG AND AWK­WARD.

AMid­wife Megan Baker says: When you reach the half­way point in preg­nancy, the fin­ish line can seem one too many bath­room trips away. The nausea is likely to have passed but the heart­burn may be start­ing. Your skin feels as though it couldn’t stretch an­other cen­time­tre and your ex­pand­ing bump is al­ready leav­ing you breath­less. How are you go­ing to make it through an­other 20 weeks? The lat­ter part of preg­nancy, when the weight of the grow­ing baby may cause back pain, breath­less­ness, vari­cose veins, swollen legs, heart­burn and haem­or­rhoids, can be un­com­fort­able. How­ever, there are ways to help you through each of these dis­com­forts. Swim­ming, mas­sage and yoga can re­lieve back­ache, while sleep­ing in a more up­right po­si­tion can help with breath­less­ness and heart­burn. Drink­ing plenty of wa­ter and eat­ing a high-fi­bre diet can help re­duce the dis­com­fort of haem­or­rhoids – and hope­fully you won’t ex­pe­ri­ence all of these is­sues at once!

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