this baby going to be a soccer player?
The baby will weigh almost a kilo by the end of this period
and is extremely busy inside you, kicking, grasping, sucking,
hiccupping. It is important to keep checking the baby’s
movements during this time – ten movements
in one hour means that all is well. (See
normal baby movement - what to expect) Since the baby is
quite large and very strong now, you can expect some quite
hefty kicks, but while they may feel unpleasant there is very
little possibility of the baby actually injuring you.
Prepare your mind for
Now that the baby has made its presence known so definitely,
it is very important to register for antenatal
classes. There are a large number of benefits to this.
You will mix with other pregnant women and hear that their
thoughts and fears are probably not that different to yours.
You can share your stories about heartburn and swollen
feet with a group of people who KNOW what you are talking
about. And you can get educated about the birth process.
Your doctor will recommend classes that he/she feels give
you the correct preparation. The women you meet in these
classes will often end up being your support network for
the next few years as you all find you way though the maze
And Dad comes too
Once you have found a class which you enjoy, its time to
register for the childbirth
classes, ideally as a couple. It is important for
both of you to learn any skills you can that will lessen
your apprehension about labour and improve your chances of accomplishing the birth that you visualise for yourself and your baby. Labour and
birth are probably the most demanding events you will ever
encounter and your preparation is vital. Attending these
classes will also equip your man with a better understanding
of the processes through which you are going. He will also
gain some valuable knowledge about what he can do to help
you through the birth process.
Get realistic about
It’s vital to accept at this time that there is no
such thing as failure if the outcome of the birth process
is a healthy baby and mother. A caesarean
birth or forceps
delivery are as much a success story as a short drug
free labour if that’s what is required for the delivery
of your precious bundle. The psychological aspect of labour
and birth are an integral part of the whole experience and
that is why antenatal classes are vital. You should be able
to approach the imminent birth with nothing more than healthy
apprehension, and you should be able to feel afterwards,
like millions of mothers before you, that you had the skills
to cope with anything that arose.
to call the doctor?