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WEEK 32 - TRIMESTER 3

 

Your baby is still developing as you near the finish line but it’s mostly adding the finishing touches from here on out. He or she is getting ready to meet you!

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

 

BABY DEVELOPMENT

Your little ones bones are nearly 100% finished and all nails are in place in their little fingers. Very soon their skin will lose its redness and become that lovely newborn baby pink. Your baby’s adrenal glands are enormous for the moment – the size of those of a teenager! They secrete steroid-like hormones, including cortisol, (natural cortisone), which plays an important role - not only to help induce labour when the time comes, but also to help mature organs such as the lungs. After birth, their adrenal glands will decrease dramatically and be proportional to the size of your baby.

 

YOUR BODY

Have you found that your digestive system is working more slowly lately? Once again, you can thank your hormones for this. Help your bowels to function better and improve your general feeling of wellbeing by eating dried fruit and other foods rich in fibre. The end is in sight! From now on you may find your antenatal check-ups become more frequent. This helps to ensure that everything is exactly as it should be with your little one.

 

NUTRITION

If you work, you may soon be on parental leave, if not already. Enjoy the change of pace! Rest as much as you can and gently begin to prepare for the arrival of your baby. This is a great time to refocus on what you are eating in preparation for breastfeeding. When you breastfeed your baby, they’ll get all the nutrients they need from you. The quantities required are covered by a normal, varied and balanced diet. A good rule of thumb: The more colourful your food (naturally colourful!), the more vitamins you are consuming.

 

TIPS

Caesarean sections are quite common for various reasons. If your baby has not yet moved into the birth position, by now, your doctor may bring up the idea of having a c-section, as it is known. Don’t worry just yet if this has not been part of your birthing plan, there is still time for your little one to turn around and start getting into position.  Nowadays, a caesarean is a routine operation. An epidural anaesthetizes the pelvic area alone, so that you can still be awake and conscious to experience your baby’s birth. And most hospitals and clinics will let your partner be at your side.

 

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