Can't wait? Only 5 more weeks to go!
Your baby's liver and kidneys are now fully developed. Pretty amazing, huh? As for you, mum, find out what you may experience when you cough or sneeze.
Your Baby's Development
In this week by week pregnancy guide, you'll learn that:
- Your baby is continuously putting on the necessary weight; his body constitutes 15% of fat.
- He kicks more often now.
- He has fully developed kidneys and liver which are ready to process some of his body’s waste products.
- His brainpower is developing at a tremendous rate.
- Your ever-expanding uterus reaches up to your rib cage now.
- Heartburn and other gastrointestinal problems are keeping you busy.
- The frequent trips to the bathroom haven’t stopped.
- You may experience a lack of bladder control when you cough, sneeze, or even laugh.
- You may encounter occasional headaches.
- Skin rashes are another problem that may trouble you.
- You may also notice your gums bleeding.
- You haven’t stopped feeling clumsy.
- You may experience some mild contractions—Braxton Hicks contractions—as your body prepares itself for labour.
- Now is the right time to get vaginal and rectal culture done to check any growth of bacteria.
- Practice Kegel exercises as they will strengthen your pelvic muscles for delivery.
- Remember to keep yourself hydrated during the day.
- Stick to healthy eating.
- As you are nearing the D-day, you may be getting nervous. Soothe yourself by diverting your mind to things that you love to do.
- Wash, fold, and put away all your baby's clothes. Theses activities will help keep your mind off things.
- If you haven't yet, create a birth plan (download it here) long before the first contractions hit! This way, you’ll know whom to call and where to go when you enter labour. That said, by now you should have programmed important numbers in your mobile phone.
- Join the Baby Bonus Scheme.
To keep your anxiety in check, try washing, folding and putting away all of your baby's clothes.
Make sure you know about all your childbirth pain-relief options, especially on breathing techniques and regional anaesthesia (epidural). You may change your mind as you come closer to week 40.
Practice Kegel exercises as they will help to strengthen your pelvic muscles for delivery.