Our dynamic team

Local team

Our dynamic team

Leelavathi

Leelavathi is a passionate and committed Community change Maker. She has trained in Public Health Nursing and Medical Lab Technology. She also has a Masters in Social Work and has experience of working in hospital settings in Gynaecology & Obstetrics.
Our dynamic team

Revathi

Revathi has a post graduate degree in Sociology. She has 13 years of experience in working with communities and project management. Revathi is a trained multi purpose health worker and a trainer on life skills.
Our dynamic team

Sravani

Dr Sravani Peddineni, is a qualified Dental Surgeon and currently a student of Psychology and Public Health. She has taken several Global Health related courses and very busy these days as a community facilitator for COVID -19 awareness. Sravani is a keen yoga practitioner.

Founder

Dr. Sujit Ghosh, founder of Kushal.

Dr. Sujit Ghosh

Dr. Sujit Ghosh, with many contributions to notable international development causes and global health initiatives, founded Kushal India to assist underserved mothers-to-be in needy communities. With medical and management qualifications, he has initiated and established many community projects in Asia and Africa. Sujit’s focus areas are sexual and reproductive health and rights, maternal health, and mental health.

Board of advisers

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Dr. B. Keerthi

Dr. B. Keerthi, President of Vasavya Mahila Mandali, a non-profit organisation for women and children’s welfare in India. Keerthi has 30 years of experience in community development. She is recipient of the She Creates Change award in India.
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Jyoti Lahiri

Jyoti Lahiri, is a finance professional with more than 30 years of experience in multinational companies. Currently, a senior executive with a multinational company in energy space and also serves on the board of its subsidiaries in Australia, China, Singapore, Hong Kong and India. In addition to India, Jyoti has lived in USA,Singapore and has now made Sydney, Australia home since 2007. Loves sports with special affection for cricket.
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Peter Beeby

Peter Beeby, an avid footballer, lives in Sheffield, UK and is a business leader in his community. An entrepreneur with a portfolio of successful investments, he also advises SMEs on employee ownership and succession planning in the North of England.
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Purba Chatterjee

Purba Chatterjee is at University of California, San Francisco, Dept. of Ob/Gyn, Bixby Center, Purba is Chief Operations Officer for the FACES programme in Kenya. She graduated from the London School of Hygiene and was the India Country Director for I-TECH, University of Washington.
Thomas Godfrey is an UK based adviser of Kushal.

Thomas Godfrey

Thomas Godfrey has over 25 years international experience in creating partnerships between public and private sector organisations mainly through technology and sport. An entrepreneur, he has raised capital globally for real estate projects in the United States. London based, recently he was director of partnerships at Spacehive, the world’s first civic crowdfunding platform.
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S T Prasad

S T Prasad an Electrical Engineer from Regional Engineering College, Warangal, and immersed into Software Engineering and Technologies as a professional and as an entrepreneur for over three and a half decades. STP lives in Hyderabad, India. Is a confirmed “nut, who never bolts”!
Mobile App

Led by J. Suresh, our tech partner Kavin Corporation, is based in Bangalore, India. A social enterprise, Kavin designs customized enterprise level technology solutions for national and international agencies that focus on sustainable development goals (SDGs).

Pregnancy week 22 wellness guide

Your Body

changes in the body

What to expect
Your body in week 22 - You are likely to be quite preoccupied with your body – those aches and pains! Your breasts may start to leak a little pre- milk – this is normal. You may also see some skin changes – darkening around your nipples and dark patches on your skin. Piles and haemorrhoids are not uncommon and can be painful.

To know what changes take place week by week click here.

Baby size

Week 22 size image

What to expect
Your baby is the size of a Bell pepper/Capsicum (roughly 27 cms long and 410 gms in weight).

Your Baby

Pregnancy weekly guide - baby size

What to expect
Baby listens eagerly and tries to make out the different sounds. He/she now knows the difference between light and dark. Shine a torch on your belly and see the reaction! Baby keeps grabbing his or her tinny ears. The lungs are developing in preparation to breathe once born.

Taking care

Pregnancy week 22 wellness guide

Tips
  • Have frequent health snacks like fruit and cut up and cleaned vegetables – helps to cope with your increased appetite.
  • Try to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day – helps prevent dizziness.
  • Exercise regularly and encourage bowel movements to prevent constipation.
  • Make sure you are having your prenatal vitamins.
  • Get to know your baby – try to identify baby’s different movements – kick, punch or hiccup? That will help cheer you up.

Ask your doctor

Pregnancy weekly guide - ask your doctor

Questions
  1. Do I need a whooping cough vaccination?
  2. Should I add a magnesium supplement to my diet?
  3. I am getting a lot of aches and pains. Is that normal?
  4. I notice some spotting and am having pain. What should I do?
  5. Is everything okay with my pregnancy? Do I need to be concerned about anything?

Your to do list

Pregnancy week 22 wellness guide

Action points
  1. Make sure you have some relaxation time. Watch your favourite TV shows – not just think and talk about your pregnancy.
  2. Do not sit or stand for long periods of time or keep your legs crossed.
  3. Record your weight and blood pressure on the Kushal app.
  4. Learn some soothing yoga based relaxation techniques.

Questions you may have

“I was told it is quite common and happens because of the changes going on in my body. Becoming dehydrated is also a common cause of dizziness. If it carries on for long check with your doctor to rule out anaemia. Low blood sugar is not common and is easily manageable.”

For questions related to COVID, please click here.

“It could be your uterus is practising for delivery! These are called Braxton-Hicks contractions and they are not dangerous.”

Pregnancy week 23 wellness guide

Your Body

changes in the body

What to expect
As your bump grows you might be feeling increasingly anxious. You may also seem to forget things easily – often referred to as pregnancy brain! You may start to get rib pain as your rib cage expands and your breasts could leak colostrum. Colostrum is the first milk you produce after giving birth, which is thick and usually a golden yellow colour and essential to help your baby fight off infections. If you notice dark pigmentation in your skin, it could be sunburn.

Baby size

Week 23 - size guide

What to expect
Your baby is the size of a Grapefruit (roughly 28 cms long and 475 gms).

Your Baby

Pregnancy weekly guide - baby size

What to expect
Baby is practising breathing and his/her heartbeat can be heard with a stethoscope. Baby also  begins to rapidly gain weight and kicks around a lot. You will notice your tummy moving! Baby’s brain is developing and he/she starts recognising your voice.

Taking care

Pregnancy week 23 wellness guide

Tips
  • Practise relaxation techniques to overcome your pregnancy worries – yoga is a good de-stressor.
  • Slide a pillow between your legs and rest with your knees bent when you sleep – this should give you a good night’s rest.
  • Keep a bottle or glass of water always by your side.
  • Make sure you are getting your extra dose of vitamins and iron supplement
  • Avoid face makeup with chemicals to cover any dark discolouration that you may get. These disappear automatically a few months after delivery.

Ask your doctor

Pregnancy weekly guide - ask your doctor

Questions
  1. I get tired very easily; feel weak, breathless and dizzy. What is the problem?
  2. I get a lot of upper back pain. What should I do?
  3. How do I stop the burning sensation I get when I go the bathroom?

Your to do list

Pregnancy week 23 wellness guide

Action points
  1. Book antenatal appointment with your doctor.
  2. Have my iron supplement and prenatal vitamins
  3. Have 8 glasses of water a day.
  4. Make sure to have an extra pillow between your legs when you go to sleep.

Questions you may have

“I was advised to try to give up the habit of drinking tea and coffee. Too much tea or coffee in pregnancy is linked to miscarriage and low birth weight. If you can’t give up, try not to have more than two cups of tea a day!”

“That is because of your baby kicking and moving. It is a sign that baby is well!”

Pregnancy week 24 wellness guide

Your Body

changes in the body

What to expect
 Aches and pains appear anywhere in your body – that's because baby is moving a lot. You are likely to be putting on weight – your baby is growing! Belly may be big enough for you to have a protruding naval! You could be having sleepless nights and may not have enough desire for sexual intimacy.

Baby size

Week 24 baby size

What to expect
Your baby is the size of a large Pomegranate (about 30 cms long and 575 gms in weight).

Your Baby

Pregnancy weekly guide - baby size

What to expect
Baby if born now can survive outside the womb  with the right support! However, your baby still needs you and has to be nurtured in your belly for another three months. His/her arms, legs and
head are in proportion. He/she responds to soothing voices when your husband or you rub your belly.

Taking care

Pregnancy week 24 wellness guide

Tips
  • Try natural remedies for sleep like meditation or hot milk before bed.
  • Avoid sleeping on your hands so that you don’t get swollen and painful wrists.
  • Straighten your legs and move your ankles and toes in circular movements to avoid cramps.
  • Soak your hands and feet in cold water or apply ice packs if they get red and itchy. Also avoid wearing socks.
  • If you are keen to keep your hair in control rub a tablespoon of coconut oil in your hair after shampooing!

Ask your doctor

Pregnancy weekly guide - ask your doctor

Questions
  1. Do I need to get a test for diabetes?
  2. At times I see things blurred. Is this normal?
  3. I have lower abdominal pain. I also feel a little feverish and chills. Do I have a serious problem?
  4. I am having white discharge and irritation around the vulva. What can I do?

Your to do list

Pregnancy week 24 wellness guide

Action points
  1. Have your folic acid supplement and prenatal vitamins.
  2. Book an antenatal appointment with your doctor.
  3. Schedule to get a glucose test done.
  4. Discuss having a birthing plan with your husband.

Questions you may have

“Weight gain differs from woman to woman. On an average women gain 10 -14 Kgs during pregnancy. In the second trimester women generally gain 400 – 425 gms a week. If you are concerned that you are not reaching the target weight gain your doctor advised ask your doctor for advice. I checked with my doctor.”

“I was offered one in my second trimester. Whooping cough can kill and the vaccination provides protection during the first few weeks of the baby’s life. It is very safe for mother and baby. You should consult your doctor.”

Pregnancy week 25 wellness guide

Your Body

changes in the body

What to expect
You are starting to feel uncomfortable because of simple things that you may not be able to do easily, like bending. You are also likely to get back aches and feel clumsy with movements. That is because your uterus is growing rapidly. It is the size of a football! You are likely to be puffy and swollen in your face, hands and feet and your fingers may feel numb and tingly.

Your hair looks thick and lustrous – enjoy!

Baby size

Week 28 baby size

What to expect
Your baby is the size of a small Eggplant or Aubergine (roughly 32 cms and 640 gms).

Your Baby

Pregnancy weekly guide - baby size

What to expect
Baby is getting hiccups and sticking out his/her tongue! The brain, lungs and digestive system are quite developed. The first bowel movement has taken place. Kidneys are functioning and baby can pass urine!

Taking care

Pregnancy week 25 wellness guide

Tips
  • Sit up straight when you eat, eat small and healthy meals, cut back on tea or coffee to prevent indigestion problems – heart burn, nausea, distension.
  • If your vision seems blurred try not to worry too much – it will pass off after delivery.
  • Carry on doing pelvic floor exercises, have lots of water and food rich in fibre to help with constipation.
  • Maintain oral hygiene – brush your teeth at least twice a day. Periodontitis, a serious infection of gums has been linked to premature birth and increased risk of pregnancy related serious illnesses.
  • Use moisturiser or calamine lotion if your skin feels itchy.

Ask your doctor

Pregnancy weekly guide - ask your doctor

Questions
  1. My face, hands and feet feel puffy and swollen. I also get splitting headaches. Can this be due to high blood pressure in pregnancy?
  2. I get this tingling sensation and constant urge to move my legs. Could this be due to iron deficiency?
  3. My wrists hurt and I can barely move my fingers. Can acupuncture help?
  4. I often think that I don’t deserve to be happy! I think I have depression?

Your to do list

Pregnancy week 25 wellness guide

Action points
  1. Get weight checked and assessed.
  2. Have folic acid supplement and prenatal vitamins
  3. Book antenatal appointment.
  4. Ask how to prevent depression after birth.

Questions you may have

“Birth plans are personal. It is about thinking through what you would like to happen during your labour and after the birth. I planned where I wanted to give birth, what kind of pain relief I would like, discuss about caesarean section and what should I be looking out for in my newborn. I was advised to discuss my birthing plan with my husband, how he could help and to be flexible as all may not go as per plan!”

“Normal daily hair loss is suppressed by pregnancy hormones. Enjoy the look for now. After delivery you will shed quite a lot - all the hair that does not fall now!”

Pregnancy week 27 wellness guide

Your Body

changes in the body

What to expect
You are feeling tired and need naps during the day. You could also be feeling quite short-tempered and outspoken. Worrying a lot more about what’s best for you and your baby.

Your feet are swelling up and you will find putting on your shoes difficult. Your skin around your belly feels stretched, dry and itchy.

Baby size

Baby size_week 27

What to expect
Your baby is the size of a Cabbage (roughly 36 cms long and 840 gms in weight).

Your Baby

Pregnancy weekly guide - baby size

What to expect
Many developments have taken place. Baby’s lungs are capable of breathing. Baby’s organs are maturing and his or her skin is not as wrinkly. Baby is nearly a foot long and two pounds in weight – double of what it was four weeks ago. Baby can now recognise your husband’s voice. Ask him to speak to baby. Baby responds to your eating too spicy food by hiccupping!

Taking care

Pregnancy week 27 wellness guide

Tips
  • Sleep on your sides and not on your back. Some recommend sleeping on your left side. Sleeping on the back can double the risk of stillbirth.
  • Sleep with your feet elevated.
  • Avoid sitting or standing for a long time. If your feet are swelling excessively consult your doctor.
  • Use a cool damp compress to relieve heat rash.
  • Place cool cucumber slices under your eyes for puffiness under the eyes, especially when you wake up in the morning.
  • Look on the bright side of things – most of the discomfort you are experiencing will pass off after delivery!

Ask your doctor

Pregnancy weekly guide - ask your doctor

Questions
  1. During any activity I feel quite breathless and can’t talk at the same time. I feel my heart pounding too. Is that normal?
  2. My feet are swollen to the point that I can’t squeeze my feet into my shoes. Is that normal?
  3. Have I gained enough weight? Should I be doing anything more for a healthy pregnancy?
  4. Should I be attending special classes in preparation for delivery?

Your to do list

Pregnancy week 27 wellness guide

Action points
  1. Make sure you sleep on your sides.
  2. Support your bump with a pillow and another pillow between your knees when you go to sleep.
  3. Record your weight and blood pressure.
  4. Learn some soothing yoga based relaxation techniques.
  5. Ask your husband to put his ears against my belly to hear baby’s heartbeat.

Questions you may have

“Changing my diet helped. I stopped Cabbage, Raddish and such had more of Spinach and carrots. I was also asked to drink plenty of water and opt for smaller meals.”

“You act out intuitively when pregnant. After all you have to take care of yourself and your baby. Setting boundaries is good. It’ll help later too.”

Pregnancy week 28 wellness guide

Your Body

changes in the body

What to expect
You have entered the third trimester of pregnancy.

You may start getting new symptoms, such as nosebleeds and indigestion. Your feet are likely to be swollen, your back is hurting and you get tired easily. Your baby’s kicking keeps you awake at night and worried during the day. It may feel that your baby is constantly restless and that can be annoying. It hasn't been easy.

Baby size

Week 28 baby size

What to expect

Your baby is the size of a Large Eggplant/Aubergine (roughly 36 cms long and nearly 1 Kg in weight)

Your Baby

Pregnancy weekly guide - baby size

What to expect
Your baby’s heart is beating fast (140 beats per minute) but not nearly as fast as in weeks 9-10 (170 bpm). He/she is practising breathing and trying to settle into position for birth. Your baby is probably having dreams now and sticking his/her tongue out to make faces!

Taking care

Pregnancy week 28 wellness guide

Tips
  • It is important that you have your 28 week antenatal appointment. Your doctor is likely to measure your blood pressure, test your urine for protein and discuss the results of any screening tests.
  • Know about harmful infections in pregnancy and learn about the signs of labour.
  • Find out your Rh status and get advice whether you need to take a vaccine-like injection.
  • Use hot water bags and have bed rests if you suffer from sciatica pain - shooting pain, tingling or numbness that starts in your buttocks and goes down the back of your legs.

Ask your doctor

Pregnancy weekly guide - ask your doctor

Questions
  1. I get exhausted very easily. Is that normal?
  2. How can I avoid harmful infections in pregnancy?
  3. Do I need a urine test for protein?
  4. What were the results of my screening test?
  5. What is my blood type? Do I need to take an injection for it?

Your to do list

Pregnancy week 28 wellness guide

Action points
  1. Have blood pressure measured.
  2. Have iron supplement and prenatal vitamins.
  3. Attend week 28 antenatal appointment.
  4. Find out which blood type.
  5. Wash hands regularly with soap and water.

Questions you may have

“I was told having breast cancer during pregnancy especially if you are under 35years is very rare. Apparently, changes that happen to breasts in pregnancy cause them to feel much more lumpy, heavy and firm than what we are used to. If you are concerned about a tender lump talk to your doctor.”

“It’s because of all that extra weight you are having to carry and the strain it puts on your muscles and body. Add to that the shortness of breath you experience!”

Pregnancy week 29 wellness guide

Your Body

changes in the body

What to expect
You may be feeling excited as your due date approaches, or quite nervous! You can get breathless. Sleep is problematic because of leg cramps and needing to go to the toilet frequently. You are also prone to urinary tract infections. You may find it difficult to maintain your balance and stumble. You may also have quite leaky breasts.

Baby size

Pregnancy week 29 wellness guide

What to expect
Your baby is the size of a large Cauliflower (roughly 38 cms and 1.2 Kilos).

Your Baby

Pregnancy weekly guide - baby size

What to expect
Your baby is well formed. He/she is getting fatter and his/her organs are maturing. The bones are hardening and muscles are getting stronger. There is lots of activity and movements. He/she has begun to smile, mainly in sleep.

Taking care

Pregnancy week 29 wellness guide

Tips
  • Avoid standing or sitting for long stretches to avoid varicose veins.
  • Carry on eating high fibre foods to prevent constipation.
  • Know what infections to avoid in pregnancy.
  • Lear and know more about what happens during labour and birth. Learn what happens when you get to the hospital and how you need to be prepared.
  • Talk, talk and talk to share your emotions – you will have a range of feelings and can get quite sad and emotional about loved ones, especially those who have passed away.

Ask your doctor

Pregnancy weekly guide - ask your doctor

Questions
  1. I am very emotional most of the time. What should I do?
  2. Are my baby’s movements’ okay? What should I expect when I go to the hospital to deliver? Are there any injections I need to prevent getting infections in pregnancy?
  3. When I go to the bathroom it burns; I get lower-abdominal pain and dark foul-smelling urine. I don’t feel good. Please help.

Your to do list

Pregnancy week 29 wellness guide

Action points
  1. Find out what injections you need to prevent infections in pregnancy.
  2. Book an antenatal appointment with your doctor.
  3. Discuss and plan with your husband what happens and how to prepare for labour and birth.
  4. Speak to your mother and best friend to talk about how you feel and the emotions you are going through.

Questions you may have

“I was on an emotional rollercoaster! At times I felt excited. Other times I was nervous or both. I also felt sad thinking about my father who had passed away the previous year, especially knowing he would never get to meet my baby. I got advice to talk a lot. So, talk, talk, and talk. Talk to friends, family, your doctor, and discuss anything that's worrying you. That helped me a lot.”

“Chickenpox in pregnancy can be dangerous for both mother and baby. You should talk to your doctor if you never had chicken pox before. CMV is herpes like virus which is quite common especially in children and it can be dangerous for your baby. Washing your hands regularly with soap and water and not sharing food with children can help prevent CMV. There are a few other infections you can find out more about by asking your doctor.”

Pregnancy week 39 wellness guide

Week 39

Your body

changes in the body

What to expect

You feel increased pressure in your lower abdomen and may have severe back pain. On the other hand you could also have bursts of energy. There is likely to be a lot of vaginal discharge. If there is a small blob of mucus, it is likely to be 'show'. It is natural to feel anxious - when am I going to deliver?

Baby size

Honeydew melon - Week 39 size guide

What to expect
Your baby is about the size of a large green watermelon - approximately 48 cm long and weighs 3 kilos.

Your baby

Pregnancy weekly guide - baby size

What to expect
Your baby is full term – Congratulations!

Baby has acquired birth weight and length and does not grow anymore. However, the nervous system and brain continues to develop rapidly. Baby even has eyelashes!

Taking care

Pregnancy week 39 wellness guide

Tips
Look out for signs of labour, such as -

  • Breaking of water or rupture of the membranes
  • Diarrhoea or nausea, which many women experience just before the onset of labour
  • Spurts of energy or nesting instinct
  • "Show", that is, the loss of the mucous plug (which seals the opening of the uterus)
  • Bloody show - streaks of blood

At this stage -

  • Keep track of foetal movements.
  • Learn how to differentiate between Braxton Hicks and labour contractions.
  • Keep practising relaxation and breathing techniques.
  • You may be advised (very likely in India) induction of labour by your doctor. In many other countries, doctors advise this procedure after 40 weeks.

Ask your doctor

Pregnancy weekly guide - ask your doctor

Questions you may have
  1. I feel contractions. Are these labour pains? When do I need to go into hospital?
  2. What are the emergency signs I should look out for?
  3. How painful is labour!? Can I take medication for the pain?
  4. Is it okay to eat or drink during labour?
  5. Do I have to stay in the hospital? How many days will that be? Can somebody from my family be with me in the hospital?
  6. What do I need to bring to the hospital for my baby?

Your to do list

Pregnancy week 39 wellness guide

Actions
  1. Keep track of baby's movements
  2. Practice relaxation and breathing techniques
  3. Monitor contractions, foetal movements and level of pain
  4. Keep your hospital bag ready and close to the front door.
  5. Keep emergency and important phone numbers at hand.

Questions you may have

“All new mothers are offered a thorough physical examination for their baby within 72 hours of giving birth. The aim is to spot any problems early so that treatment can be started as soon as possible. Usually, nothing of concern is found. I know that my son’s eyes, heart, hips and testicles were examined.”

“I was frightened of going to the toilet at first because of the burning sensation! I then drank a lot of water and the stinging sensation I was feeling went. I was also constipated for the first few days.

There was some bleeding from my vagina. It was heavy at first and took a few weeks to decrease. The discharge turned brownish before stopping. I also got stomach cramps similar to period pains. I had a normal delivery and did not need stitches because I did not need to have an episiotomy."

Pregnancy week 38 wellness guide

Your body

changes in the body

What to expect
Are you having sleepless nights, a little anxiety and leaking breasts. That is not uncommon. You could also be having diarrhoea.

It can be boring and you may be frustrated – you have waited for so long and can’t wait any longer for the big day! Rest assured, your body is preparing for the big day just as your baby is – the cervix (opening of the uterus) is dilating.

There’s a chance you might meet your baby this week! Most women go into labour between 38 and 42 weeks.

Baby size

Pregnancy week 38 wellness guide

What to expect
Your baby is the size of a small Watermelon (roughly 48 cms and about 2.8 Kilos).

Your baby

Pregnancy weekly guide - baby size

What to expect
Baby is preparing for birth and is ready to cry! His or her vocal chords have developed. Some  small but important changes like fine tuning of the nervous system are taking place.

Baby has swallowed some amniotic fluid (the fluid in the sac) and that will be his or her first bowel movement.

Taking care

Pregnancy week 38 wellness guide

Tips
  • Call your doctor or hospital at any time if you have worries about your baby, such as,  your baby’s movements.
  • You need not worry too much about going past the due date. Only about
    5% of babies are born on their due date.
  • Your mind must be racing with many thoughts and you may be not be able to sleep. Read a magazine or do something that you find relaxing.
  • Wear loose clothing that keeps you cool and comfortable.
  • Go for a walk – gentle and easy without straining your ankles or knees. A gentle walk can help your baby get into position.
  • Practise meditation and relaxation techniques to help you cope with pain during labour.
  • Staying rested, relaxed and positive will help you.

Ask your doctor

Pregnancy weekly guide - ask your doctor

Questions
  1. Is it okay that my water hasn't broken as yet?
  2. I have high blood pressure. What are the risks I or my baby can have during or just after delivery?
  3. What happens if I go beyond 40 weeks of pregnancy?
  4. What is a caesarean section?

Your to do list

Pregnancy week 38 wellness guide

Actions
  1. Check and count foetal kicks.
  2. Double check hospital bag is ready.
  3. Have folic acid supplement and prenatal vitamins.
  4. Book antenatal appointment with doctor.
  5. List who needs to be contacted to inform that baby has arrived.
  6. Find out the hospital layout -entrance to labour room and which entrance to use after hours.

Questions you may have

“ At this stage, loose bowel movement is nature’s way of making enough room for baby to emerge. After months of feeling constipated it's just the opposite now! Your baby could be born any day! At this point I was asked to drink lots of water and eat lightly.”

“Swollen feet or oedema affects about 75% of pregnant women and usually starts around week 22 to 27 of pregnancy and stays until birth. Mild swelling is harmless and normal. However, if there is excessive and persistent swelling and your blood pressure has gone high contact your doctor immediately.”