Now you are into the home stretch. So much to organise, still lots to know. You will be aware of baby's movements and you will find that you can't fit through the same spaces you used to be able to! As you get closer to your due date, you will notice a variety of changes in your body and it is wise to adapt to these changes. Do know though, the biggest change is about to happen. If this is your first baby or your fourth or beyond, once baby is born, the family will be forever changed!
Good information is available from sites such as raising children, pregnancy, birth & baby, RWH and MMH.
Pregnancy and exercise
Pregnancy and alcohol
Quit smoking support
Breastfeeding information from ABA (time to get ready!)
Mental health/emotional wellbeing resources: COPE Mind the Bump What were we thinking? Head to Health
Information on the pelvic floor
This is such an important topic!
Is it over diagnosed or under diagnosed?
Is it safe? Not always. BEFORE you book, please get advice.
Antenatal education — should I bother?
Exercise in pregnancy—is it safe?
Whooping cough is an annoying infection in adults, with a cough which can last for 10 weeks or more, but which is very dangerous in newborns. Vaccination of every woman in every pregnancy is recommended, ideally between 28-32 weeks of pregnancy. It is safe and it helps to protect mum and baby, especially for the vulnerable first 6 months of life.
Influenza is a serious infection which is even more dangerous in pregnancy. Vaccination of every woman in every pregnancy is recommended, regardless of the time of year. It is safe and it helps to protect mum and baby both during the pregnancy and after baby is born.
This is my take on what to do when people keep giving you advice, most of which you did not ask for and most of which is not useful!
Having a newborn is like no other experience you will ever have. You will need help and I explore a few ideas on where to find it.
Being aware of the pattern of your baby’s movements is important as you enter into the last third of your pregnancy.
In the midst of all the excitement over a pregnancy, sometimes the news is sad. In this blog I talk a little about the impact of sad news and link to resources I hope you will find helpful.