Mom's Changing Body
Not all contractions mean that you're going to deliver soon, which at this point should have you breathing a sigh of relief! Just like your unborn baby's body takes time to develop and mature before he's ready for his birth, your body readies itself for labor by practicing. These beginner and sporadic contractions are called Braxton Hicks contractions. Although they do not lead to active labor, they do prepare your body (and your psyche!) for when the time comes. If you take time to sit down, put your feet up and drink a glass of water or two, these contractions will subside. Labor-inducing contractions don't stop even if you relax for an hour or two.
Nervous about working right up until your due date? Propose working from home a day or two during the last few weeks prior to taking off. It will help you ease into your leave without eating into your actual sanctioned time off. Oh, and don't forget to factor in any remaining vacation or sick days when you sit down with the calendar to hammer out your exit strategy; many companies will let you count them toward your time off.
What Week 33 of Your Pregnancy Is Really Like
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What You Really Need to Pack for the Hospital
It's Week 33 and you can just about see your due date on the horizon. But, since babies can be about as unpredictable as everything else in your life, it's a good idea to do what you can to prepare (which believe us, isn't as much as you think). If your idle hands are itching to do something in preparation for so much busyness around the corner, it might be time to put them (and your partner's) to work packing that hospital bag. But what exactly should you put in it? Opinions differ and we'll discuss the essentials in this week's podcast.
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False Labor Pain and Signs It's Not Quite TimeProdromal labor contractions, also know as false labor, often leave pregnant women confused and antsy. Here’s what you need to know about the pesky cramps, and how long you should expect them to last.
Postpartum Depression Symptoms and TreatmentFeeling sad or anxious after giving birth? It could just be the "baby blues," but 10 to 20 percent of new moms experience postpartum depression. Learn about the signs of postpartum depression and how to treat it.
What to Pack in an Emergency Birth KitYou're probably planning to give birth at a hospital or birthing center, but what if you can't make it there on time? Here's what to have on hand in your emergency birth kit.