Me and my Baby at 40th week

"Before you were conceived I wanted you, Before you were born I loved you, Before you were here an hour I would die for you, This is the miracle of Mother's Love. "

We are glad to share some relevant pregnancy information with you ! The long awaited time is here, you are about to enter into labor, get ready to bask in the glory of motherhood!

Baby :

  • Baby now weighs 7 pounds, 4 ounces (3,300 grams) and measures about 20 inches (51 cm).

Mom-to-be:

  • Sleeping becomes a difficulty as there is no comfortable position for you. A soft mattress facilitates lying down and getting up from the bed. You might experience pain in your pelvis and groin areas immediately after getting up from bed which is normal and subsides spontaneously within few minutes. Take plenty of rest with your feet propped up if possible. 
  • Consult your doctor before and on your due date. Do not panic if your due date has passed. Only about 5% mothers deliver on their due dates. If you have 3-4 contractions every 10 minutes OR rupture of membranes OR passage of mucus; you need to rush to the hospital for delivery / admission / suitable advice.
  • Labor pain is very distressing but you can tolerate it. Medicines can relieve labor pain upto some extent. Ask your doctor about possible pain relief methods available. 

Me and my Baby at 39th week

"Giving birth and being born brings us into the essence of creation, where the human spirit is courageous and bold and the body, a miracle of wisdom."

We are glad to share some relevant pregnancy information with you !! 

Baby:

  • Stronger arms and legs and correctly placed toe and finger nails of baby makes it clear that the baby is due nearly.
  • Baby's head is down at the mother's pelvis, making it easy to breathe for the mom-to-be.
  • 22 inches (55cm) long and half inch thick umbilical cord which carries nutrients from the placenta to the baby is present.
  • Lanugo and vernix have disappeared with time.
  • Baby has been supplied with antibodies through the placenta via your body which will help the baby's immune system to fight infections for the first 6-12 months of his/her life.

Mom-to-be:

You have gained a lot of weight and feel uncomfortable. Everything has been pushed from its original position, as uterus has filled your pelvis and most of your abdomen. False labor contractions start appearing, but if these become regular contact your doctor. If you find large gush of water from vagina contact your doctor immediately.

Tip of the Week:

  • In the final stages of pregnancy the Braxton Hick's contractions or False labor pains may mimic True labor pains. There are some differences between False labor and True labor. False labor pains usually occur in the lower abdomen and groin region, while the True labor pains may start in the lower back and spread to the entire abdomen. Real labor pains increase in both intensity and duration with time.
  • Yoga, deep breathing, warm water bath, changing positions/ activities, listening to music, drinking a couple of glasses of water can provide relief during false labor pain episodes. Whereas true labor keeps progressing until delivery.

Me and my Baby at 38th week

"You are entering 38th week of pregnancy !! It is time to look for, Adorable baby names. It is time to purchase, Cute toddler games. It is time to enjoy, Life’s new phase. It is time to do up, And renovate your place. It is time to learn, How to change nappies. It is the perfect time to welcome new memories. Congratulations!! "

We are glad to share some relevant pregnancy information with you !! 

Baby :

  • Disappearance of lanugo and vernix starts.
  • Antibodies are being provided by your body to the baby through placenta to protect against illness.
  • Growth rate of baby has decreased but fat cells are still adding up to baby's weight.
  • Baby is almost prepared to get delivered.

Mom-to-be:

  • Your size is not increasing but the discomfort level has started troubling you.
  • There will be swelling in your feet constantly now. In severe cases, you must consult a doctor as it may be PIH - Pregnancy Induced Hypertension ( also known as pre-eclampsia or toxemia ).

Tip of the Week: 

  • Pack your bags before you go for your delivery, which is due anytime.

Me and my Baby at 37th week

A few months more, for you to be a mum, the role at which we bet, you will be awesome.
Just some more time, for your husband to be a dad, at playing out this role, surely he won’t be bad.
In a bit you both will become a lovely family.

We are glad to share some relevant pregnancy information with you !! 

Baby:

  • 21 inches and 6.5 pound baby is inside you, waiting to come in your world!
  • Boys are heavier than girls at birth.
  • With time, the baby is growing to be rounder, with pinkier and less wrinkled skin.
  • Baby will position his/her head down towards your pelvis for birth.
  • If head of the baby has not turned towards your pelvis, consult your doctor for various medical and natural techniques to get the head down position of the baby.

 Mom-to-be:

  • Even if your uterus remains the same size, your weight will increase upto 25 to 35 pounds.
  • To check the progress of your pregnancy, pelvic examination will be conducted by your doctor.
  • Mucous plug which is -thick, yellowish/ brownish/ tinged with blood and which had been sealing your cervix, may get leaked. (This is called Bloody Show). Mucous plug can be leaked a few weeks, days, or hours before labor. It discharges when cervix dilates in preparation for the labor. You must talk to your doctor as soon as this happens.

 Tip of the Week:

  • Get yourself prepared with two bags packed separately for yourself and your baby.
  • Your bag may include- your maternity file, a comfortable robe for delivery, sanitary napkins, bathroom slippers, socks, a head scarf, sets of extra clothing, toiletries etc.
  • Your baby's bag may include- baby suits, diapers, cap, mittens, nail clippers, blanket, rear facing car seat (which will be required to bring home the baby in your car) etc. 

Me and my Baby at 36th week

"Soon you are going to have, a little baby in tow. Not just one reason of joy, you will have many in row. Soon you will have many, reasons to celebrate. Only for few days, you will now have to wait."

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Baby :

  • 20.7 measured and 6 pounds weighed plump baby has come a long way from being a wrinkly, tiny fetus which you may have seen on earlier ultrasounds.
  • The baby's full face is because of the powerful sucking muscles and fat on its cheeks.
  • The baby descends in your lower abdomen with a head down position.
  • Rapid development of brain and practice of blinking by the baby continues.
  • During delivery the head of the baby has to pass through narrow birth canal, so the skull bones overlap each other for easy passage of head. (This is known as Molding).
  • At birth, the baby's head can be disfigured, which will automatically come to a rounded shape, after some hours.

Mom-to-be:

  • Uterus goes on increasing and shifting more under your ribs.
  • Weekly appointments with the doctors are mandatory now.
  • Discomfort has become the part of your pregnancy by now, as days pass.

Tip of the Week: 

  • Make extra food items to keep for days to come. 

Me and my Baby at 35th week

"Till this time you wondered and wondered, who is this person coming, growing, turning, floating, swimming deep, deep inside. Soon there will be end of this serene period, when your baby will lie on your chest wrapped in a warm towel."

We are glad to share some relevant pregnancy information with you !! 

Baby:

  • Fully developed lungs of the baby now ensures that breathing will be normal after it comes outside.
  • To keep the skin warm in the outside environment, fat deposits are still building underneath its skin.
  • Baby has almost stopped moving at all as there is no space left for it to move because of its increasing size.
  • The movements which are made now are very strong and forceful.
  • Being in head-first position, the baby's head will rest on the mother's pubic bone in preparation for labor. 

Mom-to-be:

  • The uterus has raised up to 6 inches above your navel as you have gained 24-29 pounds by this week.
  • If shortness of breath persists, then it is because of the uterus is just underneath your rib cage.
  • Baby starts to droop when the period of pregnancy is coming to an end, also called lightening.
  • The baby starts settling deeper in your pelvis, relieving your diaphragm from the pressure, resulting in no shortness of breath.
  • You will be frequently urinating because of lightening, as it increases pressure on bladder. 

Tip of the Week:

  • Are you ready for the baby?
  • Have you made lists of essentials to be carried to the hospital?
  • Keep yourself updated about everything from immunizations to policies for scheduling and canceling appointments, etc.
  • Have you decided about the pediatrician for your baby? Talk to your gynecologist/obstetrician, family/friends about it.
  • Learn about the vaccination details.

Me and my Baby at 34th week

"Life is a flame that is always burning itself out, but it catches fire again every time a child is born."

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Baby :

  • Measuring 19.8 inches, weighing about 5 pounds, the baby has started to settle in head-down position.
  • All the organs have been matured completely, except the respiratory organs i.e., lungs.
  • Baby's skin is in pink tint instead of red and the baby has lots of hair.
  • Fingernails are fully grown but toenails are half-grown.
  • Compressed space doesn't allow the baby to move more.
  • As the baby will draw calcium from the mother to make and harden his bones, so the mother should take calcium regularly. Baby will anyhow take the minerals from mother's skeletal structure and weaken mother's bone.

Mom-to-be:

  • Braxton Hicks contractions have started coming, only as practise, which may not even felt sometimes.
  • Expanded pelvis and backache may trouble you sometimes.
  • Lower ribs are being pushed by the growing uterus, your rib cage may be sore, and your navel is pushed out as abdomen stretches. 

Tip of the Week: 

  • Do mental preparation for breastfeeding. Get yourself counselled by the lactation expert and discuss with your family and friends about their experiences.

Me and my Baby at 33rd week

"All too soon your pregnancy will be over and you'll be a new mother, with all the responsibilities of being a mum and a partner! This is a time to concentrate on your couple relationship and the many changes you will be experiencing in the near future."

We are glad to share some relevant pregnancy information with you !! 

Baby:

  • Immense growth will happen for a few weeks now.
  • Half of the birth weight will be gained by the baby in these weeks, making it to move less as there will be much more less space, leading it to curl its knees, chin resting on chest, and arms and legs crossed.
  • Except the skull, which remains soft and pliable for delivery, all the bones start to harden. 

Mom-to-be:

  • Now learn about breathing techniques to release pain.
  • Your weight has increased up to 22-28 pounds, out of which roughly half of it is gained by your baby. 

Tip of the Week:

  • You can have intercourse as it is safe, except if your doctor has advised you to observe abstinence.

Me and my Baby at 32nd week

"Think of the day a tiny voice calling with joy, this will give you strength to breathe deeply and push."

We are glad to share some relevant pregnancy information with you !! 

Baby :

  • Baby now has prominent eyelashes, eyebrows, and hair on its head.
  • 18.9 inches long and 4 pounds weighing baby is now filling almost all the space in your uterus, but it may move inside.
  • Baby's skin underneath now has a layer of fat formed.
  • Lanugo hair has started falling off, with some remains on the shoulders and back at birth.
  • Baby has started practicing opening his eyes and breathing before the childbirth.

Mom-to-be:

  • Fix your appointment with your doctor every two weeks until the last month, when you'll likely switch to weekly visits. 
  • You may continue to get backaches and leg cramps. Mind your posture.
  • You may have issues with breathing or you may feel short of breath which is because of the pressure on your diaphragm by the uterus. 
  • Take care of heartburn.
  • A yellowish fluid, called colostrum, which is produced before milk production, will start leaking from your breasts.

Tip of the Week: 

  • You might be carrying differently from others at the same stage of pregnancy. 
  • Whether you're carrying higher or lower, bigger or smaller, wider or more compact depends on the size and position of the baby, your body type, and how much weight you've gained.
  •  Drink plenty of fluids, elevate your legs when sitting, lie on your left side, and wear support stockings.

Me and my Baby at 31st week

"Easing the stress in your life is very important now. Do things that help you relax and focus on what is important in your lives right now."

We are glad to share some relevant pregnancy information with you !! 

Baby:

  • Baby urinates too much in a day into the amniotic fluid.
  • Swallowing of completely replaced amniotic fluid also occurs. If baby doesn't swallow normally or if there is gastrointestinal obstruction,excess fluid in the amniotic sac (known as polyhydramnios) remains.
  • If there is inadequate fluid in the amniotic sac (oligohydramnios), consult a doctor as your baby isn't urinating properly and this could indicate a problem with the kidneys or urinary tract.
  • Amniotic fluid can be measured during regular ultrasounds.
  • Baby puts on more fat to enter into the world as a newborn in appearance. 

Mom-to-be:

  • You have noticed a yellowish or creamy substance leaking from breast. This fluid is called colostrum or pre-milk and first feed to be taken by your baby.
  • Your uterus now fills a large part of your abdomen, and you've probably gained 21-27 pounds. You're probably anticipating the birth -- it won't be long now. 

Tip of the Week:

  • Practice your breathing and relaxation exercises.
  • Go for prenatal classes if possible. Lamaze technique is most widely used method.