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Mum, it’s me!

I bet you’re tired mum, and a little over it, and ready to pop, but we’re so close now. Are you excited? Sure I’m the size of a watermelon, but we’re not even going to think about that ... let’s just focus on the good stuff. Like did you know the bones in my head can actually overlap? Yay mum! That’ll make it lots easier on you when it comes to giving birth. Speaking of my head, it might actually drop down into your pelvis soon. Or if I’m your first bub, it probably won’t happen until just before we go into labour. Oh labour, there’s that word – the countdown is officially on mum!

How are you?

Let’s get this show on the road already! You must be feeling pretty tired and uncomfortable, but hang in there, it’ll all be worth it. The key now is really just to rest, rest, rest, as much as you can. Chances are your labour might be long, and you need to conserve every little bit of your energy and strength. This means it’s time for your partner to attend to your every need – in fact, tell him that Karimums said so!

It might also be a good idea to read up on our labour and birth section to get extra familiar with the first signs of labour: namely your waters breaking; ‘show’ from downstairs (ie. the mucus plug coming away, which might happen a few days before – you might notice it when you’ve been to the loo); or your first, slight contractions from the thinning and shortening of the cervix. Most women experience one or more of these three signs when labour is beginning...

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