Welcome to the world of parenting!
An exciting journey is about to start and Mothercare, through this journal, is going to be by your side and advise you throughout your pregnancy weeks.
Get informed about everything that parents need to know such as pregnancy, baby growth, body and psychology changes, doctor examinations and appointments and of course parturition, breastfeeding and baby care.
Our midwife and lactation consultant IBCLC Ms Georgia Leze every week is going to show you a special path to a healthy and happy baby.
By now it probably feels like you've been pregnant forever! The last few days of waiting and watching for signs of your baby’s arrival can feel extra long. Take the opportunity to get plenty of rest, and invest in a DVD box set or two... You’re nearly there! Every day that your baby gains in your womb prepares it, to a significant degree, for its perfect health when it is born!
Now that the big day is just around the corner, you’ve done most of the hard work (yay!). Here's what to expect in week 39:
It’s a bit of a waiting game from now on. You’re probably feeling rather impatient and can’t wait to meet your new baby. It’s also normal to be feeling a bit apprehensive about the actual birthing bit. You’re always welcome to chat with your midwife if you have any concerns. Friends and family members who have already had children can also be wonderfully reassuring. Remember, only 4% of babies make an appearance on their due date, so it’s best not to obsess over counting down. Instead, try to relax - you’ll be cuddling your new arrival in no time. Over 57% of moms will give birth 5 days before or after their potential date. Your pregnancy cannot last even 10 days after your probable date. Do not worry your body and baby know how to guide you properly for the desired result of a completely natural birth.
Your baby is about 51cm long and weighs somewhere around 3.4 kilos. Your doctor will have been keeping a careful eye on your baby’s growth, and will know that your baby is a healthy weight for birth. Like you, your baby is simply biding their time. They are still shedding lanugo (body hair) and vernix caseosa (the protective coating on their skin), turning the once-clear amniotic fluid a rather milky shade. Their hair and nails continue to grow (your baby may even be born with long fingernails!). They’ll also be looking like a beautiful little newborn. This week your baby, following your own most intense contractions, begins to consolidate in the pelvis. The position it will adopt is influenced by your own posture and gravity. Exercise is good for your baby and for you too!
Most mums-to-be find that time slows down during these last couple of weeks. By now, because you’re feeling tired as well as larger, it’s harder to find ways to pass the time. If you have the energy, it’s a good time to stock up the freezer, to make sure you have some meals ready before your baby arrives. Seek help from your partner, friends and family so that you can cope with housework and your own care after the arrival of your baby.
Visit your doctor and midwife this week for a standard appointment to check on your pregnancy. It may be the last!!!!
Spend daily time practicing your breathing and of course do labor exercises regularly.
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