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Mum, it’s me!

The big day is getting so close now mum, I can’t wait to meet you and have our first ever cuddle! For now though, I’m still piling on the weight. Can you believe I’m officially about one and a half kilos? I wonder what my birth weight will be! I’m starting to think about settling into the head-down position soon, but I’m still a little forgetful, especially because the parts of my brain responsible for memory are still developing. What’d I just say? Oh yes, getting ready for birth. Don’t worry if I’m not in position yet, there’s still plenty of time to move. Right now I’m building up my iron and phosphorus stores, so mum, it’s important you’re getting enough iron in your diet. That goes for calcium too, as my bones are starting to harden up. Well, except for my skull, which will leave a little more flex for my birth ... lucky you mum!

How are you?

You know the old saying "knowledge is power"? When it comes to giving birth, it’s especially true. Attending your antenatal classes will help you feel more informed and empowered about giving birth, so if you haven’t already, hop to it! Ask your doctor or midwife about the ones in your area.

Meanwhile, with your pelvic floor taking the full weight as your baby grows, keeping it strong with simple daily exercises can make an enormous difference during and after birth. Remember to hold it at those red traffic lights, or for at least 10 seconds at a time.

You might’ve started to think about what to pack in your hospital bag too. We’ve created a list for you here on Karimums, so make sure you start getting organised and even get the basics packed while you’re still a few weeks away. You’re only going to get bigger, after all!

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