Four simple tips to survive your last month of pregnancy:
1. Stay Positive: You are almost there. Soon you will meet your baby that will bring so much joy to you and your family. I know it's hard to stay positive when you are experiencing pain all over your body, swelling to your lower extremities, morning sickness, carpal tunnel syndrome, and fatigue. It is tempting to check online and read forums about what other pregnant women are experiencing and how they are coping. However, it is unavoidable that you will read someone's comment that will scare you and makes you worry. Don't rely on google or online forums to answer your health concerns. Remember Google is not a Doctor. If you have health concerns; please ask your doctor or call your nurse in the hospital where you are going to give birth. Think positive that you and your baby will be fine. Your pregnancy journey is different from other ladies, so do not worry too much.
2. Stay Active: The more active you are, the better as you need your body to be strong during the delivery. However, it's best to speak to your Doctor what type of physical activity you can do during your last month of pregnancy. For my case, I walk a lot with my dog and continue to take public transit to encourage me to walk; instead, of riding a car all the time.
3. Wear Compression Socks: In the last month of your pregnancy, you will feel tired very quickly as your feet carry the weight of your growing baby inside your womb 24/7. Your feet are swelling, and it's difficult to walk or stay active due to your current condition. Therefore, the answer to this is wearing a compression sock as it helps with the swelling of your feet and leg cause it improves the blood circulation to your lower extremities thanks to the snug fit of the compression socks that assist the proper blood flow to your veins. Also, it increases leg energy to help you stay active. Wearing my compression socks helps me to stay active, and enjoy long walks with my dog.
4. Visit a Massage Therapist: If you are experiencing lower back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, leg and foot pain due to your pregnancy. Visit a Massage Therapist to have a Prenatal Massage; this will help you relieve your pain as you cannot take any painkiller pills which is harmful to your little bundle of joy inside your womb. Besides, having a Prenatal Massage helps your body produce oxytocin hormones that is beneficial during pregnancy, birthing, and lactation. Not to mention, Massage Therapy is known to help reduce cortisol a stress-related neurohormone produced by Adrenal Glands. Do not let the pain and stress disable you to do the things you love to do during your last month of pregnancy. Get a Prenatal Massage and allow your muscle pain and worries to melt away from the touch of your Massage Therapist. After all, you need all the pampering you can get before your little bundle of joy comes out.
I am grateful to have my compression socks during my maternity photoshoot as it helps me stand and walk for an extended period.