- 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.
Your to do list
- Check and count foetal kicks.
- Double check hospital bag is ready.
- Have folic acid supplement and prenatal vitamins.
- Book antenatal appointment with doctor.
- List who needs to be contacted to inform that baby has arrived.
- 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.”