You are at the tail end of your pregnancy now. By the end of this week, you will be just a week away from meeting your baby!
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You are not likely to experience any new changes in these last few weeks of pregnancy. You may have gained little or no weight this week. However, certain changes have been occurring inside you to get your body ready for childbirth. One of them is effacement of the ripening of the cervix. Your cervix will gradually soften, shorten and elongate to allow your baby to pass through it. Effacement occurs after your baby has dropped into your pelvis and the head is closer to your cervix.
Your baby will start forming new skin cells that will replace the old cells, and he or she will continue to form fat under the skin. The body’s temperature regulation system is developing rapidly too. This is important, as your baby will need this system upon birth, outside the protective environment of your womb.
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20 inches, or the size of a pumpkin.
Take time out for yourself, your partner and your family. Whether or not this is your first baby, things are going to get busier soon, and you should take it easy now.
Although you are close to your due date, you still need to watch your baby’s movements as explained in the previous weeks, by maintaining a kick count.
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Acquaint yourself with the three stages of labor. The first stage of labor entails the onset of labor pain. The second stage is the actual delivery of your baby via the birth canal, and the third stage is the delivery of the placenta.
If you start experiencing labor pain, practise Lamaze routines, listen to relaxing music and drink plenty of fluids until you’re ready to go to the hospital.
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Practise your Lamaze support techniques to get them right when your partner goes into labor.
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