Pregnancy Week 38
Mom's Changing Body
Your water could break any day now, and if you're thinking that means you're doomed for an embarrassing public scene, think again. Most women start to notice a wetness running down the leg, not a sudden gushing of water to the floor, so you should have enough time to get to a bathroom and call your doctor.
Many moms-to-be may find themselves in full-on nesting mode right now. Cleaning and straightening up is a great way to stay busy during the end-of-pregnancy waiting game, but make sure you don't overdo it—hello, you're nine months pregnant! Save up some of that energy—you're gonna need it for labor!
What Week 38 of Your Pregnancy is Really Like
Pregnancy Confidential Podcast
Baby Blues vs. Postpartum Depression: Knowing the Warning Signs
It's Week 38: you're probably bouncing up and down on your birthing ball, desperate to get this darn baby out one day, and terrified of the reality of actually being a mom the next. It's an exciting/nerve-wracking time with a lot on your mind (to keep you up at 4 a.m., thank you very much). It's often the fear of the unknown that can be the scariest of all, and one major unknown is how you'll really feel when the dust settles and you've got a newborn to take care of. With more celebs, like Hayden Panettiere, opening up about postpartum depression, you might be wondering: Will it happen to me?
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Labor Pain Explained: Stages, Symptoms, and Pain ReliefSome women breeze through giving birth, while others find labor and delivery incredibly painful. Here's what to expect, plus expert advice on labor pain management.
Newborn Baby Bootcamp: Taking Care of a NewbornEvery new mom and new dad needs some help. Here's everything you need to know about sleeping, breastfeeding, crying and more to get through those first few weeks with a new baby.
5 Little Things Partners Can Do in the Delivery Room That Make a Big DifferenceThere's a lot that goes down in the delivery room that the average expecting parent might not quite expect. I know that from experience as a dad. But I've learned the best thing any partner can do is fully support the person giving birth.