- Learn about Braxton Hicks contractions. These are fake contractions that you may be getting. Your belly contracts and tightens up for 20-30 seconds and relaxes again. These are perfectly normal and harmless ‘practice contractions’.
- Eat well – your baby needs to gain roughly 200 grams a week.
- Do some simple stretches – this will help take away pain in your neck region.
- You may be getting all kinds of advice from family and strangers alike – some good and some misinformation. Don’t let these comments worry you or change your mind. Make sure you get correct information from the right sources.
Questions you may have
“You can still enjoy a healthy sex life and strong connection with your husband. Sex is safe. Try to find a position for sex that is comfortable and satisfying for you and your husband. Lying on your side is often the most comfortable. If you feel pressure on your low back, try tucking a pillow between your knees.”
“A caesarean is a major operation that carries a number of risks, so it should only be done if it's the safest option for you and your baby. Caesareans are either planned or done in case of emergencies. I was anxious about giving birth, so I discussed that with my doctor and he gave me suggestions on how to get support during my pregnancy and labour.”