At a glance
Gently rub your tummy to let baby know you are here
Stay calm by doing regular breathing exercises
Time your contractions: more than 20 minutes apart means you aren’t in labour just yet
Start planning what type of pain relief you want for your birth
Baby's development at 37 weeks
The little person in your tummy isn’t quite so little anymore. With the lack of space, there isn’t much room for somersaults anymore. But baby will still kick, elbow or move about to remind you they’re still there.
Feel free to gently poke your tummy back to say: “hello, I’m here too.”
With only a couple of weeks to go, you’re probably feeling excited and nervous all at once. Who wouldn’t be?!
Still, try to stay as calm as possible so you can give birth in a relaxed way. So keep doing your regular breathing exercises.
If you feel a wave of contractions, look calmly at your watch, lie down and relax, breathing deeply and regularly. The contractions will subside. When they come back, look at your watch again. If they are more than 20 minutes apart, you’re not going into labour for now.
As a general rule, you shouldn’t need to contact the hospital until your contractions come every 10 minutes or so, and have been doing so for at least an hour. However, if you notice bleeding or baby’s movements are reduced, contact the hospital right away.
Remember to take it easy, everything will be just fine. Trust us, we know these things.
Planning to breastfeed?
Here are some tips to help you get started.
Try to recruit as many breastfeeding supporters as you can, such as your partner, parents and friends.
If you would like to breastfeed, make sure you put this into your birth plan and have a chat with your midwife who will be able to advise you accordingly. Also, you can find breastfeeding support here.
If you can, try to attend antenatal or parentcraft classes where you can discuss breastfeeding. This will give you an idea of what to expect and connect you with other new mums.
When it comes to pain relief for labour, there are lots of options to choose from, a few of them can be found below. Once you’ve made your choice, tell your midwife and write it in you birth plan. Some women choose natural pain relief, such as acupuncture or aromatherapy. A birthing pool can help you relax and make contractions seem less painful too. Gas and air (entonox) is also another option, although it may cause you to feel a bit lightheaded.
TENS is a drug-free option that uses electrical nerve stimulation to block pain signals going to your brain. Alternatively, a pethidine injection can help you to relax and lessen pain. Epidurals (a special type of local anaesthetic) are a popular choice too.
For more information about pain relief, have a chat with your doctor or click here