Yay! Your baby is full term now! You may deliver your baby out any moment now. How exciting! You may seem a lot more nervous at this stage, realizing that this is the real deal and that your baby will be flesh and blood soon. Anxiety about how all this will affect your life is a common phenomenon that all mothers go through, rest assured even the so-called “super moms” have also felt the pressure as you are feeling now. Just take one moment at a time and enjoy motherhood.
So, what should you do this week?
- You’re most likely to deliver any moment now. So, speak to your doctor and ask when would be the right time to get yourself admitted to the hospital.
- Plan on your maternity leave and see to it that post-pregnancy you get enough time to recuperate before you join work.
- If your baby is in the breech position (feet down) an external cephalic version (ECV) needs to be done by the midwife/doctor.
- Gather help from your family and recruit additional help you get the rest you and your body need post-delivery. You will need your partner around also at this crucial stage.
- Also, speak to your doctor regarding any post-pregnancy supplements that you will be needing. Rest and diet modification may be needed. Also, if you are planning on breastfeeding your little one, food and medication which should be avoided has to be discussed with your doctor.
- Making your home ready for the little one is also a must. The baby’s immunity is at its lowest when it is born, so hygiene is vital! Sheets and blankets must be washed with the mildest detergents and every corner of the baby’s room should be cleaned with a proper disinfectant.
Your baby is finally arriving! Your life from being just you two as a couple will now turn into a family. It is a life-altering change. Gear up! You and your partner as a team, need to embrace the whole new world of PARENTHOOD!