You will finally get to meet your little one – Any day now1! You can start the countdown. Babies born from this week on have 99% survival rate. Now, remove your apprehension and wait for “D-day”. All the discomfort will be over soon within a blink of an eye.
So, what should you do this week?
- You by now must have decided the hospital that you will be delivering your baby in. Your spouse/partner also must be equally anxious with you. Just a month more to go. Planning on how you will reach the hospital should be a must. Booking a hospital bed in the maternity ward, closer to the delivery date, also can be thought of.
- In the third trimester, your uterus has expanded 500 -1000 times! That’s a lot. So, all this stretching is going to cause you discomfort. That is why it is a must you take to recuperate after delivery (months if needed).
- You will still feel the regular third-trimester symptoms.
- Week 35-37, Group B streptococcus (GBS) swab test will be suggested by your doctor. This is to prevent GBS infection when the baby passes through the birth canal.
- Remain upright and lean forward whenever possible. This reduces the pressure and also allows your baby’s head to bear down on your cervix.
Pregnancy can be an emotionally and physically taxing affair. Keep charting your progress and follow your appointments. Each pregnancy is different and unique. We hope that so far, you have had an overall amazing journey.
Eat right and stay hydrated. Keep discussing with your partner your apprehensions and excitement. It is a new phase for you both – One that must be enjoyed at each week and stage!
Common Symptoms this week:
- Frequent urination
- Back pain
- Leaky breasts