Your baby now looks very much like s/he will look at birth and most of her/his features are well formed. S/he now weighs about 2 kilos and is well over 17 inches. Weight gain is rapid now on, so your baby looks fuller and no longer alien-like!
Your baby might now assume the birth position and is most likely in the head down position. The head is heavy and hence as a natural process, tends to turn towards gravity.
You might want to start discussing labor pain management options with your doctor this week, to understand the pros and cons of the options and facilities available at your medical center.
Try and explore some natural pain relief options like breathing, labor positions, positive affirmations, visualization, aromatherapy, massage or just plain distraction. Most natural pain relief options can be very effective during labor; they just need a little practice!
Signs and Symptoms
The head down position might put increased pressure on your pelvis and you might feel a stretchy sensation in the lower abdomen.
For some expecting women, the sticky whitish discharge from the breasts or colostrum, might appear now.
You might feel more tired as you approach full term and this could leave you feeling frustrated. Take as much rest as you can now as you will need all the energy you can in the coming weeks.
The baby’s head in the pelvis could interfere with your gait and you might start waddling. Continue to wear sturdy footwear and be extra careful when using the stairs.
You might be feeling pressurized to have a normal delivery and at the same time, the thought of labour pain might be terrifying you. At times, you might even wish to have a planned C-section to escape delivery pains.
Remember, recovery after a C-section can be painful too. Though normal delivery is preferred, is important that you be positive and flexible whatever be the case. In the end, it is your and your baby’s well-being that matters.
If you feel pain in the groin area, especially when you turn sides while sleeping, report it to your doctor as well as your prenatal exercise instructor. In some women, the pubic bones expand a little more than usual and this can cause a lot of discomfort. It is not a cause for panic but it does require a change in your exercise routine.
Old Wives Tales
Many cultures dictate that the expecting woman’s mother cannot be a part of labor and birth. It is said that if the mum-to-be’s mum is told when her daughter goes into labor, it can result in bad luck for her. There is no truth to this. However, it is important that you only take those you’re absolutely comfortable with you in the birthing room.
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