- Make sure you attend your antenatal appointment with your doctor.
- Do some pelvic exercises and keep your hips elevated to help with lower back pain. You can also apply warm compress to your lower back.
- Take frequent rests between doing domestic chores and as many naps as you can in preparation for the big day.
- Recognise the signs of labour. Contractions becoming longer, stronger and more frequent can be a sign that labour is starting. When contractions are a regular pattern, coming every 5 minutes and lasting at least 60 seconds, it’s time to go to the hospital!
Ask your doctor
- What are the signs of early labour?
- Is my baby in the right position?
- Do I need to have a Vitamin K injection just after giving birth?
- I get contractions. Am I going into labour?
- What are my options for pain relief during pregnancy?
- What can I do in preparation so that I can breast feed?
Questions you may have
“It’s a myth that nursing comes naturally to mothers at birth! You need to know how to position baby, how to know if baby is getting enough milk and when the next meal is due. There is a bit of trial and error. When you first deliver, you will be producing colostrum, which is a thick, yellowy fluid full of vitamins, proteins and minerals to help your baby ward off harmful bacteria and infections. Doctors will advise that you feed your baby colostrum within the first hour of delivery. Ask your doctor more about
breast feeding. ”
“Antenatal classes help expecting mothers and their husbands with relevant information in relation to keeping healthy during pregnancy, what is best for your baby, how to prepare for birth and to explore any fears that women may have around labour and birth. The information helps you make right choices for you and you also get to meet other expecting mothers and couples.”