The lungs of your baby are ready, and not only for that first post-birth cry! The substance that lines the inner surface of the ends of her bronchial alveoli is present in sufficient quantities to ensure their flexibility and prevent them from collapsing. Exchanges between you and the placenta continue. That’s what maintains the volume of amniotic fluid, contained in what is called the amniotic sac. When your little one’s appearance is imminent, it sometimes will break – your “water will break” – your sign to call your doctor!
From one day to the next, you’re breathing more freely and the indigestion is not so bad. What’s going on? It’s simple: your baby is doing what it needs to do. Nature is amazing, your little one has moved their head downwards into your pelvis. Perhaps you noticed a slight pain or pressure in your abdomen beforehand. That would have been contractions pressing your uterus downwards, giving your lungs and stomach a bit more space. In the last few weeks of your pregnancy you may have the feeling that your body is beginning to prepare for your little love’s birth.
There’s a reason that Omega-3s are called "essential fatty acids” because they are actually essential. Our bodies cannot synthesise them. They are in the structure of cell membranes and, in particular, the brain. They are involved in brain development and normal immune function. Any Omega-3 you eat passes into the body of your baby by foetoplacental circulation. You will find these magical fatty acids in flaxseed and canola oils, walnuts and walnut oil, wheat germ, and fatty fishes such as salmon, sardines, halibut, and mackerel. Think about it when you season your salad and try to eat a few servings of fatty fish each week.
If you’ve been feeling like you can’t catch your breath at times, rest assured that you are not alone. The growing baby takes up a lot of room inside you now and is likely compressing your diaphragm and lungs. The result? A normal sense of breathlessness. This feeling will disappear naturally once your baby moves down a little in preparation for their exit. In the meantime, find positions that allow your lungs to expand properly whenever you feel short of breath.