The child

The child

Your baby is now about 18.1 inches (46 cm) long in total and weighs about 6.1 pounds (2.79 kg) at the start of the week —and about 6.5 pounds (2.97 kg) at the end of the week.

Your baby is preparing for life outside the uterus by, for example, sucking her thumb. The suckling reflex is important so that the baby can breastfeed later.

Remember that as a mother-to-be, you should still be feeling your baby move every day. If not, contact your health care provider at any time, day or night. Continue to do fetal-movement counts daily. The baby should generally move at least once or twice every few hours. However, once a day, mostly during afternoon, your baby should be active enough to move ten times in two hours.

Most babies get into position for birth at around this time, moving their heads down into the pelvis. 3 to 4 % of all babies end up with their bottoms or feet projecting down into the pelvis. This is called a breech/footling presentation. An attempt may be made to persuade the baby to turn to a normal position. This process is known as external cephalic version.

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Mother

Mother

Are you feeling the tension rising and expectations increasing as you approach childbirth? Pack your bag with the things you want to take with you to the hospital or birth center. You’ll find ideas on what to pack in the checklist under Tools in the app. Why not make a trial-run to the hospital or birth center? Find out where the entrance and parking lot is. Or you may have already decided that the easiest option is to take a taxi.

If your baby is in his or her birth position, you will probably feel some relief as your entire belly drops a little and the pressure against your organs lessens. You could feel a tingling or prodding feeling in your pelvis. This is your baby’s head pressing on the nerves in this area. Some women say it feels like tiny electric shocks.

At your prenatal visit, your midwife or doctor will review your pregnancy with you, talk about your thoughts and preferences ahead of childbirth, and review your birth plan if you have one. All of this will be recorded in your prenatal records.

Colostrum is the first milk that your breasts produce, and it’s rich in nutrients and antibodies. Your actual breastmilk, also called mature breast milk, will start to flow two to three days after childbirth, stimulated by your baby actively suckling at your breast. Your baby wants and needs to suckle frequently (at least every third hour) the first days. You could say that your baby places an order—how much milk you produce is a question of demand and supply. Specially adapted to the needs of a newborn, breast milk is easily digested, protects against infections and strengthens your baby’s immune system. When the mature breast milk starts to flow, we recommend breastfeeding on your baby’s signal. This will ensure that your baby gets as much food as he or she needs. Breastfeeding is more than food; it is also closeness, security and comfort.

In the USA, we follow both the WHO’s and The American Academy of Pediatrics’ recommendation of breastfeeding exclusively for six months and then partial breastfeeding until the child is one year or older. We created the Breastfeeding Guide together with midwife and breastfeeding specialist Elisabeth Hjärtmyr to help you prepare in the best possible way. You can find it under Articles & Tools.

If you’ve already decided before your baby is born that you do not want to breastfeed, a note of this will be made in your journal if you’ve told your midwife of your decision at one of your appointments. It’s a good idea to bring a supportive sports bra to the birth center or hospital to put on as soon as your baby is born to prevent the production of milk. Occasionally, medication is administered to prevent milk production.

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Partner

Partner

Expectations are often high, and many people end up stressing about everything going on. Make sure that you take it easy, because stress hormones affect both you and the baby. Support each other and enjoy these last few weeks. Run a hot bath, watch a good movie and sleep late. Because you’re worth it! Try to give yourselves a boost by doing peace and harmony-inducing activities.

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