Epsom Salt Baths
The third trimester is well known as a time for swelling and pain. Epsom salts can make the third trimester not only bearable, but actually somewhat enjoyable. Just dissolve a couple cups in a warm bath and soak for awhile. Epsom salts are known for relieving swelling and pain. Since starting twice a week soaks, I've been feeling so good I could start jogging again after a several month hiatus!
Apple Cider Vinegar
Discovering all the benefits of apple cider vinegar has changed my life. Hemorrhoids and acid reflux are two miserable symptoms that tend to rear their ugly heads by the third trimester. A quick cure for those pesky hemmies- soak a cotton ball in apple cider vinegar, place it on the effected area and leave for 15 minutes; wait 3 hours and repeat. I have tried this one myself and I was amazed at how well it worked. Poof, problem gone. And if you struggle with acid reflux, mixing a couple tablespoons of ACV with a glass of water is a great natural way to tame the acid.
Belly Support Bands
By the third trimester, odds are your belly is pretty big and all that belly is putting extra pressure on your back, hips, pelvis causing all kinds of aches and pains. A support band specifically designed for growing bellies will help take some of that pressure off your body. I did find the support belt to be a little itchy and hot (especially with an August due date in Florida) but it was 100% worth it with the amount of pain relief it brought me. It even helped ease some of my round ligament pains.
Braxton-Hicks contractions can be painful, nevertheless worrisome. An easy way to stave them off is by keeping well hydrated and not pushing yourself too hard. Take the time to rest when your body needs it. Keeping well hydrated will also help keep away or reduce cramps, fatigue, soreness and swelling... even if it means running to the bathroom every 10 minutes.
Varicose veins and swelling are more unfortunate common symptoms in the third trimester. The discomfort of these can be relieved or prevented with a good pair of compression socks or stockings.