As your baby’s head fixes into the pelvis, you’ll feel your abdomen sink lower. This will reduce the pressure in your upper abdomen, thus allowing you to breathe better and bring back your appetite. However, the pressure in the lower abdomen will cause you to waddle and make you use the bathroom more frequently.
This is a good time to write your birth plan if you haven’t yet. Draft one along with your partner and your prenatal instructor. List out the things that you are most passionate about - such as who you want around you at the delivery, the possibility of eating and drinking during labor, at what point you would like to consider pain relief, breastfeeding immediately at birth and more. You can then discuss the plan with your doctor at the next prenatal visit.
Keep your hospital bag ready, plan different routes to the hospital and ensure that you have all back up emergency numbers on speed dial. This might help you reduce anxiety as you anxiously wait for labor to start.