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Leela is already on 42 week of pregnancy!
Leela is already on 41 week of pregnancy!
Leela is already on 40 week of pregnancy!
1. I bought a baby book for footprints and pictures, and I added it to my hospital bag.
2. I’ve been walking a lot to try to help labor start. I’m climbing stairs as much as I can, even though they’re uncomfortable and I usually have to stop for a break halfway up!
3. I learned about episiotomies, and I talked to my doctor about whether it’s likely that I’ll need one.
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4. I know which screening tests my hospital normally gives newborns, and I understand what they all mean.
5. I’ve doubled checked my hospital bag to make sure I have everything I need packed. I added a few more items, just in case.
6. I’ve charged the batteries on my camera, phone, and any other electronics I want to bring to the hospital. I’ve also packed a spare charger in my bag.
7. I got my hair cut — last chance before baby arrives! Now at least my hair will look good in my hospital pictures.
Leela is already on 39 week of pregnancy!
1. I’ve been reading about newborn care, and I know how to take care of the umbilical cord stump. It turns out my baby’s first bath won’t happen for a while — we’ll be doing sponge baths till the cord stump falls off.
2. I read about the stages of labor and pain relief options during each one. I even know how each stage of labor is likely to affect my emotional state. (Best tip: when I feel like I just can’t do it any longer, that means labor is almost over!)
3. I’ve put the finishing touches on the nursery. If there’s any gear or furniture I haven’t already assembled, then I’ve asked my partner or a friend to put them together now.
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4. I’m having a scheduled C-section, which means I’m probably meeting my baby this week! I know what to expect, and I know how to take care of myself after surgery.
5. Like I didn’t have enough aches already, now I’ve been experiencing numbness or tingling in my pelvis. It’s caused by the pressure of all that weight. Fortunately, it’ll go away soon!
6. I’ve learned about ways to bond with my baby after she arrives. I can’t wait to cuddle her!
7. I’ve double-checked my transportation plans for when labor starts. If my partner’s not here to drive me, I have a back-up way to get to the hospital.
Leela is already on 38 week of pregnancy!
1. I lost my mucus plug! Labor could start any minute! I’m trying not to hold my breath.
2. We touched base with our childcare providers for older kids. Both our main babysitter and our back-up babysitter are officially on call!
3. If it’s winter right now, then I’ve learned how to safely wrap my baby to keep him warm without overheating him. My rule of thumb: baby needs one more layer than I’m wearing to be comfortable.
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4. I’ve been practicing with my stroller! I know how to fold it, brake it, and adjust the handle for different users.
5. There are plenty of things that can wait till after baby arrives, but there are two things I’ll need plenty of supplies for from day one: feeding and diapering. I’ve got enough supplies lined up and organized for a month of both.
6. I’ve been practicing relaxing and breathing techniques. Whenever I have a pre labor contraction, I use it as an opportunity to practice labor relaxation.
7. My doctor did a pelvis exam to see if I’m starting to dilate or efface. However, I know this doesn’t predict when labor will start or how long it will take, so I’m trying not to worry about it.
Leela is already on 37 week of pregnancy!
Leela is already on 36 week of pregnancy!
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.
Leela is already on 35 week of pregnancy!
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?)
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hi Katie . Thanks for asking. Am feeling good. Names not yet decided. We keep the name after baby's born. (Our culture). How yo…
Leela is already on 34 week of pregnancy!
Leela is already on 33 week of pregnancy!
Leela is already on 32 week of pregnancy!
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1. I sent thank-you notes for all my baby shower gifts. Now I just have to return any gifts I got two of — and buy the last of what I need.
2. It’s official! I’ve preregistered at my hospital or birth center. Hospital paperwork is the last thing I’ll need to deal with in the middle of labor.
3. I want to be prepared to take care of my baby in an emergency, so I signed up for an infant CPR class. I also want to be ready to feed my baby if I plan to breastfeed, so I signed up for a breastfeeding class.
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4. My partner and I have scheduled some date nights. We want to make sure we get plenty of dates in during the next few months while we still can!
5. I called my insurance company again to find out what I'll need to do after the birth to add my baby to our health insurance.
6. Now that I’ve learned about breastfeeding, I’m starting to think ahead to solid foods. I’ve researched high chairs and booster seats — I’ll need one before I know it.
7. If I’ve got a pet, I’ve figured out my plan for introducing my fur-baby to his new “sibling.” I’ve been practicing ways to teach my pet to respect baby.
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.
Leela is already on 31 week of pregnancy!
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Leela is already on 30 week of pregnancy!
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