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Week 30: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 30: Creating a Network of Other Moms     A friend is a gift you give yourself. -Robert Louis Stevenson     What's Happening in Your Body? Leg cramps, especially before bed, or during the night are not unusual. This is uncomfortable, but nothing to be concerned about. Try stretching and massaging your calves for relief. What's Happening with Your Baby? Your baby weighs between two and three pounds. She is slowly gaining stores of body fat and her hands are about one-inch... read more

Week 31: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 31: Preparing for your Homebirth I am open to the guidance of synchronicity, and do not let expectations hinder my path. -Dalai Lama   What's Happening in Your Body? You may notice an increase in heartburn and indigestion as your expanding uterus puts pressure on your stomach. If this happens, try to avoid hard-to-digest foods, such as very spicy dishes and large amounts of dairy products. What's Happening with Your Baby? You may notice the baby hiccupping more often. This... read more

Week 32: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 32: Getting Ready for Labor and the First Few Postpartum Weeks Every single human being was drummed into this world by a woman, having listened to the heart rhythms of their mother. -Connie Sauer     What's Happening in Your Body? You may experience shortness of breath as your uterus presses on your diaphragm or ribs. You might find you need to take stairs slowly, and give yourself plenty of time to get from one place to the next. What's Happening with Your Baby? During... read more

Week 33: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 33: Reviewing Your Birth Choices   What makes a good birth experience [depends on] how we discover that energy and enthusiasm that carry us through any challenging situation in life. -Suzanne Arms, Immaculate Deception   What's Happening in Your Body? You may be able to feel the baby's limbs by pressing gently on your abdomen. Some women can tell where the baby's head is this way, or even identify a little foot or a knee! What's Happening with Your Baby? Your baby's liver is... read more

Week 34: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 34: What are the Signs of Labor?   There is no way out of the experience except through it, because it is not really your experience at all, but the baby's. Your body is the child's instrument of birth. --Penelope Leach, Your Baby and Child   What's Happening in Your Body? Eating large meals begins to be a challenge for most women around this time. It may be better to eat several small meals throughout the day, rather than sticking to the traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner... read more

Week 35: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 35: Pain in labor   Rain, after all, is only rain; it is not bad weather. So also, pain is only pain, unless we resist it, when it becomes torment.  -I Ching   What's Happening in Your Body? Sleeping becomes even more of a challenge for many women in the final weeks of pregnancy. It's hard to find a comfortable position when you are limited to sleeping on one side. As well, you may find yourself waking frequently during the night to urinate. What's Happening with Your... read more

Week 36: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 36: How to avoid medical interventions   The more pregnancy is lived like an illness, the more it becomes in itself a cause of illness. -Michel Odent, MD, Birth Reborn     What's Happening in Your Body? It is not uncommon to experience Braxton-Hicks contractions during this time. You will feel your abdomen tighten and then release when this happens. Some women feel them more commonly if they have been walking or moving around a lot. Don't worry, these contractions are normal and... read more

Week 37: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 37: The First Stage of Labor       Except for being hung up by the feet, the supine position is the worst conceivable position for labor and delivery. -Roberto Caldeyro-Barcia, MD   What's Happening in Your Body? You may experience some swelling in your ankles at the end of pregnancy due to the increased pressure within your abdomen, the decreased blood return from your legs and feet, and the effect of the hormone progesterone, which relaxes the walls of the blood vessels. Around... read more

Week 38: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 38: The Second Stage of Labor     While you can still ask if you should push, you aren't ready to push.       What's Happening in Your Body? Your lower back may ache a bit from the increased weight of your uterus. Braxton-Hicks contractions may be happening on a daily basis. You may be feeling very weary of pregnancy by now. It's almost time! What's Happening with Your Baby? Your baby is now gaining vital immunities from you that will protect him after he is born. The... read more

Week 39: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 39: The Third Stage of Labor Years ago it was unheard of that a woman should wish to see the afterbirth. Today, nearly every mother who watches her baby born asks me to show her the placenta. This I do, and point out the bag in which the infant, now lying peacefully in her arms, developed and became a perfect little human being. -Grantly Dick-Read, MD, Childbirth Without Fear   What's Happening in Your Body? Many women report a sharp, almost knife-like feeling from the pressure of the... read more

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