WEEK BY WEEK ADVICE FOR MOMS-TO-BE

Select your stage for information you need to give your precious one the care he/she deserves. Always consult your doctor as a precautionery measure.

Pregnancy is divided into 3 stages. Select your stage for more information.

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As you approach the third trimester of pregnancy, your baby’s development is rapid and it’s common to experience aches and pains as the weight you’re carrying increases.

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You might soon begin to feel the urge to ‘nest’ and get everything ready for the new addition to your family. It can be an incredibly exciting time, but also a frustrating one if you’re like most mums who can’t wait to meet their baby. It’s also perfectly natural to feel nervous about labour.

Section gives you a week-by-week guide to the ways in which your baby’s developing inside you and helps you to prepare both emotionally and physically for labour and birth.

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3RD TRIMESTER

50-51 cm

Week 39

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Week 39 Pregnancy

With only a week or so to go until your due date, your baby is now roughly 50-51cm long and gaining around 1oz a day in weight. If this is your first baby, by now it’s likely that their head will have dropped into your pelvis – if not yet, it will do soon. The bones in their skull are not yet joined, which means they can slide over each other and overlap during birth as their head passes through your cervix. Your baby is now starting to shed the vernix caseosa – the greasy, white substance which has kept their skin protected inside your womb.

Lots of mums feel tired, uncomfortable and impatient at this stage. If you can, try to use this time to rest – even if it’s late, your labour will happen when your baby’s ready and when it does, it may be long and tiring. The more rested you are now, the more energy you’ll have for labour and the first few weeks with your new baby.

Remember; if you have any concerns about anything baby related, give our Careline team a call on 800 6458 6262 (UAE)/ +971 4 420 9489 (Other countries) between the hours of 9am and 6pm Saturday to Thursday. Chances are, they’ll have been through it themselves and will know just how you’re feeling.