Third Trimester To-Do List

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Manage Your New Symptoms

You might have enjoyed a relatively symptom-free second trimester, but some pesky side effects might return — and some new ones might arise — during your third trimester. Common symptoms include backaches and sciatica, constipation, indigestion, heartburn, fatigue, faintness, heart palpitations, varicose veins, and edema (swelling). Symptoms such as edema of the legs and feet and faintness could be related to circulation problems many pregnant women experience, so call your doctor right away. If you're having trouble sleeping, try sleeping on your side and using a body pillow that supports your belly. Also, drink more fluids during the day than around bedtime in an effort to cut back on nighttime bathroom breaks.

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