Just 1 more week to go!
Your baby, who is as big as a watermelon, can now flex his limbs! Talk about babies growing so fast. As for you, mum, it's really just a waiting game now. Best thing to do is plan your actions when you enter into labour. It's better to be prepared!
Your Baby's Development
In this week by week pregnancy guide, you'll learn that:
- Physical development aside (your baby can now flex his limbs!), your baby’s brain continues to develop, making him smarter by the week.
- His nails may extend past his fingertips, he can open his eyes, and he's breathing well.
- Other than making your baby’s cheeks kissable and pinchable, the thicker layer of fat deposited over his blood vessels causes his skin to turn from pink to white. This is regardless of how dark-skinned he will be eventually; pigmentation occurs soon after birth.
- You will go through false labour every now and then. This is pain that usually starts in the front of your abdomen that goes away when you change positions. However, if the pain persists and comes frequently and regularly, inform your doctor.
- The urge to nest (cleaning and tidying up your space) becomes stronger, though try not to stress yourself while cleaning. Do not be the one carrying or packing away heavy items.
- It is important that you continue to eat a nutritious diet and get enough sleep. You will need all the strength that you can muster to go through what’s right around the corner: your delivery!
- Ensure your hospital bag has all that you need and is ready to go.
- Go through your action plan just in case you g0 into labour: Who do you call? What do you bring? Where should you go? What should you do when you’re in a certain situation? Since all you can do now is wait, use this time to ensure that you have every single detail in place.
Go through your action plan just in case you do go into labour. Since all you can do now is wait, use this time to make sure you have every detail in place.
Start to pack your delivery bag!
Make sure you continue to eat a nutritious diet and get enough sleep. You'll need all the strength you can get for the delivery.