I didn’t really feel that till this week. >_<‘
How to reduce pain and numbness in your hands and perineal massage
You may be feeling some achiness and even numbness in your fingers, wrists,
and hands. Like many other tissues in your body, those in your wrist can retain
fluid, which can increase pressure in the carpal tunnel, a bony canal in your wrist.
Nerves that run through this “tunnel” may end up pinched, creating numbness;
tingling, shooting or burning pain; or a dull ache.Some practitioners recommend
massaging the perineum (the area between your vulva and your anus) to help
you avoid having an episiotomy or tearing during childbirth. Not everyone is
comfortable doing this but if you’d like to give it a try, now’s the time to start.
Here’s one method:
Wash your hands and then sit in a warm, comfortable area,
spreading your legs apart in a semi-reclined position.
Put Vitamin E oil (from Vitamin E capsules) or pure vegetable oil on
your fingers and thumbs and around your perineum.
Place your thumbs about 1 to 1 1/2 inches
(up to or just past your first knuckle) inside your vagina.
Press down toward your rectum and then out toward the sides.
Gently and firmly continue stretching until you feel a
slight burn or tingling. Hold this stretch for about 2 minutes
until the tingling starts to subside.
Slowly and gently massage the lower part of the vaginal canal
back and forth, hooking your thumbs onto the sides of the
vaginal canal and gently pulling these tissues forward,
as your baby’s head will do during delivery. Keep this up for 3 to 4 minutes.
Be gentle, as a vigorous touch could cause bruising or swelling
in these sensitive tissues. During the massage avoid pressure
on the urethra (urinary opening). This can cause irritation or infection.
Why is it more difficult to breathe now?
You need more oxygen as your baby grows, but that growing baby
is also compressing your lungs and making it more difficult
for you to take deep breaths, explains Dr. Margaret Pfeifer,
an obstetrician and gynecologist at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.
Occasional or mild shortness of breath is a normal
pregnancy symptom, but if you’re getting severely winded doing
daily tasks or breathing is painful, get help right away.
What can women do to reduce the risk of tearing?