The little one in your belly isn’t quite so little anymore. With the lack of space, you’ll find their movements are not as forceful as before. Still, they will continue to kick, elbow or move their head to show they’re still there. Feel free to poke gently back to say “hello, I’m here too.” The subcutaneous peach fuzz that was covering the skin, the lanugo, has come off while the waxy vernix coating gets a little thicker. Patience, they’re getting ready to meet you soon!
With a couple more weeks to go, you’re feeling both excited and apprehensive. Who wouldn’t be?!
Still, try to stay as relaxed as you can. Keep doing your regular relaxation and breathing exercises. If you feel a wave of contractions, look calmly at your watch, lie down and relax, breathing deeply and regularly. The contractions will subside. When they come back, look at your watch again. If they are spaced more than 20 minutes apart, you’re not going into labour for now (in general, if the contractions are spaced 5 to 10 minutes apart, or if your water breaks, then it's time to go to the hospital). Can you believe how close you are to becoming a mum? Or, if this isn’t your first, to having another little one?! Delicious.
Now might be a good time to prepare for the busy time after the baby is born. Consider preparing some meals and putting them in the freezer. That way you don’t need to worry about going out to the shops and preparing meals - just reheat and ready to go! Cook up a big batch of spaghetti sauce, curries and soups – they all defrost really well.
For some people, naming their baby is a breeze. For others, it can be a source of stress. It doesn’t have to be! You can find inspiration everywhere – naming books (which often have mythical and exotic names as well as more traditional ones), family records, characters or performers from favourite films. One possibility is to approach the selection process slowly by using lists, for example. You make one and your partner makes one. If there are names that are on both lists…well, that would be too easy, wouldn’t it?! A little tip: Don’t get too many friends or relatives involved in the hunt for a name. Nothing gets more tiresome than hearing a variation of “Oh, I used to have a three-legged Chihuahua called that!” every time you mention a name you like!