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Mum, it’s me!
This is it mum. The magic week! The one when I’m finally due to arrive into the big wide world. Oh yes, my ‘birthday’ is fast approaching mum, and any day now, we’re going to meet each other for the very first time.
Over the past nine months, we’ve done everything together. Right here inside your belly, you’ve felt me blossom from a tiny cell into my own tiny person ... well, not so tiny anymore.
I bet you can’t hide your excitement, but let’s face it: you’re also dying to get me out of here already! If I’m your first baby however, you better sit down. It’s pretty cosy in here, so chances are I might not be ready to leave yet, which might make us a little overdue – sometimes up to two weeks. Oops.
Once I finally make my entrance though, if I weigh between 3.2-3.5kg and measure 48-52cm head to toe, I’ll be in the happy, healthy baby average. I cannot wait to meet you mumma ... fingers crossed we’re not overdue!
How are you?
Believe us when we say, there is absolutely no room left now! By week 40 of pregnancy, your baby can only move from side to side in your belly. You might be feeling anxious or scared, but don’t worry, it’s completely natural. In fact, most mums-to-be feel this way.
Have you ever thought about trying natural methods to induce your labour? Old wives tales like eating spicy foods and having sex may be worth a try after all! Some mums swear by having a hot curry to get labour started - and as for having sex, semen contains prostaglandins, which can help to ripen the cervix. While nothing’s actually been proven, sex and even nipple stimulation are still great ways to help you relax – and if relaxation works for you, we’re all for it!
Speaking of relaxation, acupuncture may also be a natural way to get things moving. Other natural remedies are said to be raspberry leaf tea and evening primrose oil – make sure you visit us again very soon to share the labour remedy that worked best for you.
Good luck from all of us here at Karimums!
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