Believe in yourself!
Is your baby moving less now? Don't fret. Most likely, decreased activity can be attributed to your baby's 20- to 40-minute sleep cycles. As for you, mum, now is the best time for: knowing the signs of preterm labour and hosting a baby shower.
How is Your Baby Developing?
In this week by week pregnancy guide, you'll learn that:
- Your baby is now swallowing, breathing, kicking, and sucking.
- His digestive system is all set and ready to go.
- His skin is becoming less transparent and more opaque.
- He is sleeping well these days, with sleep cycles of 20 to 40 minutes long. This also explains the decrease in movement you're likely experiencing these days.
- That swelling belly is getting itchier and itchier as the skin stretches and dries out.
- You may feel a painful spasm in your calves which may worsen at night.
- Your growing uterus is cramping your bowels, making them sluggish and irregular.
- As your breasts expand in the third trimester, they may also leak a yellowish fluid called colostrum, which is the precursor to breast milk.
- Get some regular exercise (anything helps, from brisk walks to prenatal yoga) and drink enough fluids.
- Carry a protein-and-carb-rich snack in your bag to munch on for when you feel dizzy.
- Try calamine or some other type of anti-itch lotion to soothe more stubborn cases of itchiness.
- Try not to obsess over stretch marks. Up to 90% of women get them. They’re a sign that your baby is growing beautifully.
- Be prepared; learn the signs of labour: water breaking, period-like cramps, vaginal bleeding, diarrhea, and a tightening feeling in your uterus.
- It's time to host a baby shower!
Be prepared! Start learning the signs of labour; water breaking, period-like cramps, vaginal bleeding, diarrhea and a tightening feeling in your uterus.
Just in case you feel dizzy in your day to day activities, carry a protein and carb rich snack in your bag to munch on.
Use ice packs or a warm (not hot) bathe to soothe hemorrhoids – which are actually varicose veins in the rectum. It can be a pain in the rear, especially if you spend a lot of time sitting.