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Mum, it’s me!

I’m reeeaaaady! I’m officially considered a full term baby this week mum! Not only do I weigh a whopping 3kgs, I’m stacking it on like crazy too – almost 30 grams every day. But I’m sure you’re reminded of that every time you look down at your expanding belly. If you’re ever feeling nervous, just imagine how I feel ... I’m so crowded by my own body I can barely move in here! My movements probably feel more like squirming than kicking now. Oh and don’t even get me started on my fingernails and toenails – they’re getting so long! All in all though, I suppose sleeping and putting on weight is OK for now. It’s tough work this preparing for birth stuff, isn’t it mum?!

How are you?

When it comes to thinking about labour and birth, a little bit of nervousness is normal. To help your labour along, there are quite a few things you can do. Make sure you’re as relaxed as possible, putting on your favourite music or following your breathing techniques. An active labour is also really important, so keep moving! Walk around the room or up and down the corridors while you can – it’ll keep your mind off the pain. Try changing positions too, from standing to squatting, rocking on all fours, even sitting back to back with your partner or support person.

Massages can also ease muscle tension and help you relax. However if you don’t want to be touched or talked to at all, that’s completely ok too. Perhaps you’d rather grunt, yell and scream at the top of your lungs – there’s absolutely no reason to keep quiet during labour!

If there’s any part of your birth plan you want to change, now’s the time. Think your decisions through carefully and share your thoughts with your partner – it’ll help avoid confusion when the time comes.

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