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WEEK 38 - TRIMESTER 3

 

Any time now! Yes, it’s true, you and your little one will soon be making each other’s acquaintance.  Everything is pretty much in place. Read more about this week.

Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

BABY DEVELOPMENT

Your baby will soon be making their grand entrance into the world. Their respiratory system is getting ready to work on its own – it’s been borrowing yours up till now – though their lungs will continue to develop after the birth. The brain will be one of the least developed organs at birth, but will mature continually from the day your little one is born until they turn 18 or 20! Fixtures and circuits will be constructed as if they are with a computer - for what is the brain if not a natural computer?! – fortifying as they take in information, with the cherry on top represented by their emotions. That’s what makes each individual totally unique, with their own understanding and coping skills, their own thinking gradually developing as they get older. And your little one is no exception.

 

 

YOUR BODY

We bet you’re trying to imagine what’s going to happen when you get to the hospital or clinic. Well, depending on how imminent your baby’s exit, you’ll either be in your room or a birthing room, and likely hooked up to a monitoring machine. If someone is joining you they will scrub up, then come in with you. The anaesthesiologist will come and talk to you about an epidural if that’s something you’ve opted for. Don’t forget to stay in the moment, to share this magical moment with your partner. The arrival of this new little person for whom both of you are going to be two of the most important people in the world is pretty huge. Try and enjoy the experience. For his part, the father may be feeling lots of emotions. He may also be afraid to feel useless. Remind him that the baby is only here because of the love you share. Maybe you can show him some breathing exercises!

 

NUTRITION

This is a public service promotion on behalf of carbohydrates. Regular consumption of foods like wholegrain bread, pasta, potatoes, rice, cereals and pulses, form a great basis for meals throughout the day. Don’t forget to add in some fruits and vegetables, wheat germ and nuts – apart from a great source of carbohydrates and fibre, they are great sources of magnesium and vitamin B6, which are important to the functioning of your nervous system. Choosing hearty carbohydrate-rich meals, and delicious nutritious snacks over the day will keep you going until your head is ready to hit the pillow.

 

TIPS

Not sure who to have in the room during the baby’s birth - apart from your partner, it may be your mum, a close friend who may already be a mother, a sister? If you are unsure, then perhaps you can clear up a few things in your own mind before deciding how you want to play it with everyone else. Talk openly to your partner about their expectations and fears. Then make a joint decision. Try not to put either of you under pressure. This is meant to be joyful. Whatever you decide will be right for you!

 

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