By now you may sometimes wonder if your baby is dancing inside you! With their countless inter-belly antics and at times constant movement from one side of their little shelter to the other, they inevitably touch or hit the uterine wall (as always, don’t worry if you have a calm baby and don’t feel all this – no two babies are the same!). Your little one touches and pushes with their hands and feet, their head or even their back. They are getting restless at times. Let them know you’re there by stroking your belly. They may feel it, and may even meet your hand as their sense of touch develops. These quiet sensory exchanges will help you bond even more with the little being growing inside you.
Have you been sleeping well? Some mothers-to-be carry some anxiety around the future responsibility; some mothers-to-be are excited by this. Either way, these thoughts can carry into the night and affect your sleep. Gentle exercise during the day, talking to your partner and friends may help you work through any anxious feelings. At night why not try the latest sleep App, or meditation, to help calm and relax yourself before bed.
Experiencing some reflux or heartburn? You are not alone. Unfortunately, it’s quite normal. There are however, a few things you can try nutrition-wise to improve the symptoms. See if these dietary changes act to ease your heartburn:
- Eat smaller meals more frequently and eat slowly.
- Avoid greasy and spicy foods.
- Try to wait at least an hour after you eat before lying down.
By now everyone can see that you are having a baby. Many people can’t resist making predictions on whether you’re having a girl or a boy based on the way you are “carrying.” Although it is common to think where the bump sits on the mother determines its sex – up high means it's a girl, down low by the hips is a boy for sure! (or some variation on those beliefs), this is a completely unfounded belief. Though all the predictions can be fun, if you really want to know the sex of your baby, ask your healthcare professional during an ultrasound.