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During late pregnancy or in the third trimester of pregnancy, complications such as preeclampsia, premature delivery, or placental disorders can occur. In order to keep the body fit until delivery, pregnant women need to be careful and avoid activities that can harm pregnancy
Pregnancy is the last period of pregnancy starting from the 29th week from the date of HPHT until the day of delivery. During late pregnancy, pregnant women generally feel easily tired, back pain, a burning sensation in the chest (heartburn), false contractions, frequent urination, and shortness of breath.
The various complaints during late pregnancy can be overcome in several ways, such as increasing rest time, eating nutritious foods, and doing light exercise.
In addition, pregnant women should not forget to take care of themselves so that the fetus remains he althy and the delivery process can run smoothly. One way is to avoid some activities that can harm pregnancy.
Activities to Avoid During Pregnancy
To maintain the he alth condition of the body and fetus, pregnant women who have entered the period of late pregnancy are advised to avoid the following activities:
1. Undergo strenuous physical activity
When pregnant, pregnant women will easily feel tired even if they only do light activities, such as sweeping and making the bed. Therefore, in order not to get tired, pregnant women need to limit their physical activity.
Some examples of activities that pregnant women should avoid during late pregnancy are:
- Stand too long
- Lifting or moving heavy objects
- Doing up and down stairs too often
- Cleaning the house using hazardous chemicals
If you often feel tired, pregnant women should ask for help from their partner or closest person to help with heavy household chores. If pregnant women are office workers, consider taking maternity leave before the day of delivery.
2. Doing extreme sports
During pregnancy, whether at a young gestational age or before delivery, pregnant women are recommended to avoid strenuous exercise. The reason is, strenuous exercise can increase the risk of injury, vaginal bleeding, to premature labor.
Exercise during pregnancy is important, but choose the type of light exercise that is comfortable and safe for pregnant women.Pregnant women can take a leisurely walk in the house or try yoga for pregnant women. It's best to avoid strenuous sports such as weightlifting, diving, or horse riding.
Exercise regularly during pregnancy can make pregnant women feel more fit, so they are better prepared for childbirth. If you are confused about choosing a safe exercise, pregnant women can consult a gynecologist.
3. Long distance travel
When pregnant, pregnant women should not travel far. This is because long trips can make pregnant women tired. If you are too tired, pregnant women can be at risk of experiencing unwanted things, such as giving birth prematurely.
The risk of preterm labor will be higher if the pregnant woman already has certain medical conditions, such as high blood pressure or other heart and blood vessel-related diseases. Pregnant women are also not advised to travel far if they have a history of previous miscarriages.
However, doctors may allow pregnant women to travel long distances until the gestational age reaches 34 weeks, of course, if the pregnant mother and fetus are in good he alth.
4. Often sleeps on your back
Pregnant women are advised not to sleep on their back during late pregnancy because this sleeping position can reduce blood flow to the uterus and fetus. The recommended position during the third trimester is sleeping on your side.
Sleeping on the left side is recommended for pregnant women because it can improve blood circulation. If you feel uncomfortable and have difficulty sleeping, pregnant women can use a pillow to support their back while sleeping.
Smoking while pregnant or too often exposed to cigarette smoke, can harm the condition of pregnant women and fetuses. Smoking can increase the risk of pregnant women experiencing pregnancy complications, such as preeclampsia to miscarriage.
Meanwhile, exposure to cigarette smoke can increase the risk of the fetus being born prematurely, born with low weight, to birth defects.
If pregnant women have a habit of smoking since before pregnancy, stop smoking as early as possible and stay away from exposure to cigarette smoke. In addition, pregnant women are also advised not to consume alcoholic beverages.
6. Cleaning the pet cage
Cleaning pet cages can increase the risk of developing toxoplasmosis. Diseases caused by parasitic infections can be transmitted to the fetus, causing the fetus to be born prematurely or have birth defects.
If pregnant women keep animals at home, you should ask a partner or other person to help clean the cage and pet waste.
7. Bathing or hot shower
Soaking in hot water can indeed make the body feel comfortable. However, hot showers during late pregnancy may not be advisable.
Some research says that taking a hot shower for too long, including using a sauna, can make a pregnant woman's body temperature rise too high and even risk becoming dehydrated. Instead of using hot water, pregnant women can use cold water or lukewarm water for bathing.
In addition to avoiding some activities during late pregnancy, pregnant women must also maintain a he althy pregnancy by regularly consuming balanced nutritious foods, managing stress, getting enough rest, and taking pregnancy supplements according to doctor's recommendations.
Don't forget to check your obstetrician regularly, okay? The doctor will monitor the development of the fetus and suggest things that need to be avoided during late pregnancy according to the condition of the pregnant woman.