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Heidi is already on 42 week of pregnancy!
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Heidi is already on 37 week of pregnancy!
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1. I talked with some experienced mom friends to make sure I’ve done everything I need to prepare for baby. I’m considered full-term this week, so baby could come any time!
2. I’ve talked with my religious community leader and finalized plans for our religious ceremony after baby is here!
3. I packed an extra bag of things to keep my partner and me entertained in the hospital, like magazines and crossword puzzles. I know that sometimes labor is a long waiting game.
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4. The baby dropped! I can really see how my bump moved lower in my abdomen. Also, I feel like my baby is sitting right on top of my cervix now, which is the weirdest feeling ever. I think I’m done walking for a while, other than walking from my chair to the bathroom.
5. Diaper practice! My partner and I both know how to change a diaper. Thanks, YouTube.
6. I’ve made a dentist appointment to check my gums again before baby comes. I’m hoping baby waits long enough that I don’t have to cancel it!
7. I wrote down my list of people who’ll be the first to know when labor starts and put it in my partner’s hospital bag. It includes phone numbers and emails so he can send an email and make phone calls to let everyone know when the baby is here!
Heidi is already on 36 week of pregnancy!
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1. My prenatals are every week now. My calendar is full of them — I’ve got them scheduled through week 41, just in case. My doctor also scheduled my Group B strep test.
2. I’m prepared for any emergency! I’ve put together a baby first-aid kit and emergency kit.
3. “False” labor or real? Nothing feels false about these Braxton-Hicks contractions! But I’ve talked with my doctor, and I know how to tell the difference between pre-labor contractions and the “real thing.” (Hint: if a warm bath makes it stop, it’s not time to head to the hospital yet.)
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4. I need a lot of calories right now, but my stomach barely has any space — I can only eat a few bites at one time. So I’ve adjusted my schedule to make time for 5-7 meals instead of 3. Basically, it’s always time for a snack.
5. I gave a friend or neighbor our house key and instructions on how to take care of our pets while we’re gone.
6. We finally agreed on our baby’s middle name. Whew. Ready to fill in the birth certificate!
7. I’ve got my labor plan written down, and I hung it somewhere my partner will be able to find it (even if he’s freaking out). It lists who to call, how to arrange pet sitting or childcare, and how to get to the hospital or birth center.
Heidi is already on 35 week of pregnancy!
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1. If I’m planning a home birth, I’ve talked with my midwife about safety plans and back-up care if necessary.
2. My bags are packed! I packed my hospital bag with all my essentials, from toiletries and entertainment to directions to the hospital, copies of my insurance cards, and my birth plan. I also packed a separate bag with newborn essentials, and a third bag for my partner. Now we just have to remember all three when we dash out the door.
3. I’m ready to relax postpartum. I’ve got several weeks of dinners cooked, frozen and ready to heat. I won’t have to set foot in the kitchen for a month.
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4. I washed all the baby clothes and put them away. They’re organized in the nursery dresser, arranged by size and season.
5. I talked with my employer to finalize when my last day will be before maternity leave. And I’ll be honest: I’m counting down the days till my “vacation”!
6. ROA, LOP, transverse, breech…there’s a lot more to baby’s position than just head down! My doctor and I have talked about how my baby is positioned right now. I understand how position can affect labor, and my doctor and I have talked about any concerns and my options.
7. My baby’s swing is assembled and ready to go. (Who knew a piece of baby gear could take up so much space in my living room?)
Heidi is already on 34 week of pregnancy!
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1. My partner and I did a test drive to the hospital to see how long it really takes to get there. Okay, actually we did several test drives. At different times of day. And mapped three different routes, just in case.
2. Epidural, natural, or c-section? I’ve finished writing my birth plan, complete with back-up options if things don’t go according to plan.
3. I’ve read about postpartum recovery and what my body will be like after birth. Hint: I’m not going to be wearing those skinny jeans again as soon as I hoped. I packed some first-trimester maternity clothes to wear home from the hospital.
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4. I’ve been wearing maternity support hose. They’re supposed to help prevent fluid retention, swelling feet, and aches. I’m not sure if they’re helping or not!
5. I’ve made my labor playlist! I downloaded music I want to listen to during labor. I’ve included a mix of soft, relaxing music and energetic pushing music.
6. I’ve learned about pumping and storing breast milk if I plan to breastfeed. I’ve made space in my freezer for lots of bottles of milk!
7. I bought my nursing bra and other supplies like breastfeeding-friendly bottles and a breast pump.
Heidi is already on 33 week of pregnancy!
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1. I figured out who will take care of my older kids and pets when labor starts. I have a back-up person in case my first choice can’t get here right away.
2. I toured my hospital or birth center. That recovery room is gorgeous!
3. I’ve thought about who I want to ask to be my child’s godparents — maybe relatives or close family friends.
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4. I’ve been counting kicks! At least, I’m trying. Right now they’re coming so fast I can’t keep up — it’s like I have an octopus in there!
5. I know they’re just going to get spit-up all over them, but I couldn’t resist buying that expensive pair of booties with the matching onesie. We’ll take a couple of pictures in them before they get ruined.
6. I interviewed pediatricians in my area, and I chose a great one for my baby! I think she’ll be a great partner for my baby’s health.
7. My doctor scheduled me for a biophysical profile. This will include an ultrasound and nonstress test to make sure my baby is still healthy through the third trimester.
Heidi is already on 32 week of pregnancy!
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1. I’ve researched the pros and cons of home birth. I love the idea of being in the comfort of my own home, but being in a hospital makes it easier to get specialized care in an emergency.
2. How much do I want to spend on birth announcements? I’ve been shopping for birth announcements, and I’ve decided whether I want to send fancy cards, digital announcements, or just an email to everyone on my list.
3. I’ve added an important list to my birth plan: who can be in the delivery room with me. Sorry, mother-in-law, but you can’t come in till after the exciting part’s over.
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4. My partner and I decided on our plan for vaccinations. We know which vaccinations our baby will get at birth, and we’ve discussed them with our doctor and put them on our birth plan.
5. I’ve installed the car seat (okay, actually my partner did). We took it to the fire station to have our installation checked by a car seat technician.
6. I’ve learned about crib safety and safe sleep for my baby. I made sure my crib meets all safety standards, and I’m saving all the blankets and pillows for when baby is older.
7. My house is clean! — and it might even stay that way. I hired a housecleaner or a friend so I didn’t have to work around my big belly with a broom.
Heidi is already on 31 week of pregnancy!
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Feeling pretty good. Sore some days and tired some days.
Heidi is already on 30 week of pregnancy!
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1. I’m keeping “the girls” comfortable: I bought a new maternity bra. I went to the store and got professionally sized, and I chose a bra that’s also good for breastfeeding.
2. I figured out my budget for any big-ticket items I didn’t receive at my shower, like a crib, a stroller, or a changing table.
3. I bought any small items I didn’t receive at my shower, like a bath tub or a baby carrier.
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4. My washing machine is already working double duty! I washed all the baby clothes and blankets, as well as cloth diapers and anything else that will touch my baby’s skin. I used a baby-safe, irritant-free detergent to make sure I got rid of anything that might bother my baby’s sensitive skin.
5. I’m avoiding foods that can cause gas, like cabbage, beans, and dairy. More bloating is the last thing I need right now!
6. I made a list of people I want to send birth announcements, and I dug up all their addresses from my Christmas list.
7. I’ve been learning about newborns. Apparently they either sleep all the time or cry all the time — or sometimes both. I’m prepared for either!
Heidi is already on 29 week of pregnancy!
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1. My calendar is full of prenatal visits — I’ve got one scheduled every two weeks for the next 8 weeks.
2. I had my baby shower, and it was great! I got almost everything I need. Now I just need to beg my favorite relatives to buy the last few things.
3. Sitting in the car is starting to get uncomfortable, but I’m staying safe when I drive. I wear my seat belt between my breasts and under my belly bump to help keep the pressure off my stomach.
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4. Now is a great time to indulge myself and take care of my body, so that’s exactly what I did! I spent a day at the spa getting pregnancy-safe services — and I loved every second of it.
5. If I’m Rh negative, I’ve had my first dose of Rhlg, or RhoGAM. This will ensure that if my baby is Rh positive, my body doesn’t make antibodies to my baby’s blood.
6. I know newborns don’t sleep much, and even families who plan to keep baby in the nursery sometimes end up cosleeping out of sheer exhaustion. My partner and I have talked about our thoughts on cosleeping, and we’ve thought about how we’ll handle night wak
7. Time to start counting kicks! I’ve started taking a few minutes every day to pay attention to my baby’s movements so I know what his normal patterns are. If I notice any changes, I’ll talk to my doctor.
Heidi is already on 28 week of pregnancy!
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1. I went to the store and stocked up on staples. My pantry is stocked with dry food and canned goods, my freezer is full, and my bathroom cabinets are full of toiletries and medicine. I’m saving it all for after baby comes, and I won’t need to shop for more
2. All that extra weight in my belly is starting to cause some problems in the bathroom. My doctor gave me some recommendations for pregnancy-safe hemorrhoid relief.
3. I’ve researched vaccines, and my partner and I have talked about them. My doctor has talked with me about the standard vaccination schedule and recommendations.
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4. My partner and I have made a plan for how we’ll keep romance alive — both in the bedroom and out — after baby arrives.
5. I’ve learned about games, activities and toys that can help baby’s physical development. I even know some activities that will help my physical recovery, too!
6. I’ve made sure that both my partner and I have enough life insurance. Having a new family means life insurance will be even more important if something happens to either of us.
7. My maternity leave is on the company calendar! My employer and I have discussed it and finalized my leave plans.
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