- You need to slow down now – reduce stress and do not over exert yourself.
- Lean forwards to completely empty your bladder as much as possible.
- Practice your pelvic muscle exercises.
- Step out of the room to get fresh air if it feels stuffy. This can help prevent a throbbing headache.
- Call your doctor if you notice any significant change in your baby’s movements.
- Let your doctor know if you are feeling anxious or depressed.
- Share with your husband or close family members what you would like during birth. Your loved one staying with you and beside you when in labour will be a big support.
Questions you may have
“A plan that lists which hospital you want to give birth in, who you want to be with you during the birth, and what facilities you'd like to use. You can also ask your doctor what options you have for pain relief, what positions you could give birth in and then decide. In countries with higher chances of maternal mortality WHO strongly recommends hospital delivery.”
“You are having to make and go through many changes during pregnancy for your little one. Your husband can be supportive by also making adjustments alongside you. For example, to quit smoking and drinking alcohol, be more aware of what happens during pregnancy, go to antenatal classes like the Kushal wellbeing workshops and plan for the day of delivery, such as, arranging transport.”