Nasal congestion
Often in pregnancy the mucous membranes inside the nostrils and sinuses swell and the symptoms of a head cold may be there all the time. This congestion is the result of the increase in blood volume and the changes in your hormones. Although breathing through your nose may be more difficult, it will not interfere with your labour.
A little eucalyptus and camphor on your pillow at night or a vaporizer in the room can often help. Cow’s milk can also be mucous forming and may aggravate the problem. Use soy milk instead.
Painful childbirth
Raspberry leaf has been used for hundreds of years for helping relieve the pain of childbirth. This herb has the ability to relax the smooth muscle of the uterus, making raspberry leaf useful as an aid to parturition. Drink one cup of raspberry leaf tea three times daily during the third trimester.
Shortness of breath
When you reach about 34 weeks and your baby is high in the womb, pressure will be placed on the diaphragm which may be moved out of place as much as 2.5cm (1 inch). This in turn can cause shortness of breath. Even bending over can be very exhausting. Sleeping propped up, or when sitting, placing a pillow behind your back, will help enormously. Shortness of breath is also a reminder of the need to take things easy, slow down and have a well deserved rest.
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