Third Trimester Pregnancy Symptoms

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Symptoms that are often present in the third trimester of pregnancy include backache, swelling of the legs and ankles, shortness of breath, heartburn, varicose veins and stretch marks. Learn about additional symptoms of the third trimester of pregnancy with help from a labor and delivery nurse in this free video on pregnancy symptoms.

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My name is Josie Minks and I'm a labor and delivery nurse and I'm going to talk to you about symptoms during your third trimester of pregnancy. Symptoms can include a backache, swelling of your legs and ankles, shortness of breath, which with the baby right here, it puts pressure on your diaphragm and so can cause some shortness of breath. Another symptom would be heartburn, with the baby right there it kind of displaces the stomach a little bit and can with that displacement causes some heartburn. You can get varicose veins, spider veins, hemorrhoids, you can have stretch marks. With your growing breasts, sometimes they leak colostrum in that last week or two before you deliver. You can have frequent urination, cause the baby's putting some much pressure on your bladder, you're always needing to use the restroom. You can have Braxton-Hicks contractions, which are ineffective contractions that are very irregular and not thinning or dilating your cervix. You can have some vaginal discharge within the last week or two before you deliver and then, of course, weight gain. These are some symptoms in your third trimester of pregnancy.

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