Your body

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What to expect
You are nearing your term. However, labour starting before 37 weeks is considered premature and baby will need special care in a hospital. You would have started discharging colostrum (first milk, which is yellowish) in preparation for your baby. Colostrum is important for your baby’s protection against infections.Physically, you could be achy especially with sore ribs and getting severe headaches. Also, wanting to go to the bathroom comes with a feeling of urgency!

Baby size

What to expect
Your baby is as big as a Watermelon (roughly 45 cms long and 2.2 Kilos in weight)

Your baby

Pregnancy weekly guide - baby size
What to expect
Baby’s skinny arms and legs have got plump. She/he has little space but movements still take place, which you may be able to see. Legs are likely to be curled up. Baby is continuing to gain weight and will do so until delivery day. At this stage, baby’s brain is developing rapidly.

Taking care

  • 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.

Ask your doctor

Pregnancy weekly guide - ask your doctor
Questions to ask
  1. Do I need a whooping cough injection?
  2. When should I have contraception in place?
  3. How can I prepare for delivery?
  4. When should I go to the hospital?
  5. Is my baby’s position okay?

Your to do list

  1. Monitor facial swelling.
  2. Get weight checked and assessed.
  3. Have folic acid supplement and prenatal vitamins.
  4. Book antenatal appointment with doctor.
  5. Learn what to do first few days of breast feeding.

Questions you may have


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