The Mother

Week 26

You might be feeling quite absentminded during these weeks. Going into the kitchen and not being able to remember why you’re there, forgetting what you were going to say right in the middle of a sentence and experiencing all these things a little too often might be annoying… But keep in mind that this is only temporary. Meditating, walking in nature in fresh air, taking short naps are great for unwinding and boosting your concentration. Constipation is a common complaint among expectant mothers during three months. Half of all pregnant women experience a decrease in bowel movements. The digestive system slows down considerably during pregnancy and the weight of the uterus puts extra pressure on the rectum, which results in constipation. This is a good time to revisit the chapter about the stages of labor. 

Note: Not all pregnant women go into labor at week 40. Some pregnancies might last for 42 weeks. 

Week 27

You might feel that you are out of breath after taking a slow walk. Your uter-us is expanding, putting pressure on your ribs and makes it harder for your lungs to expand as you breathe in and out, which does not leave you a lot of room to breathe comfortably. Your body is going through some rapid changes as it moves into the last trimester, so you might begin to feel some new symptoms like back pain. Nearly half of all pregnant women experience some type of back and lower back pain during preg-nancy. Yoga and stretching provide great relief from those pains. Pregnancy massag-es, when administered expertly and lightly, are also really relaxing. Back pain was one of the issues I worried about the most. As I am a tall and lean person, I was worried that I would have difficulty carrying the extra weight in my back. But doing yoga, dancing around at home and going on regular walks helped me go through pregnancy without any back pain.

Week 28

You’re in the third trimester and this is the preparation period, both spiritual-ly and physically. You might begin to feel sciatica pain during these weeks, especially if the baby’s positioned in a certain way. You should try getting lots of rest, kindly ask-ing your baby to change positions and asking your partner for a light massage. Do your best to conserve your life energy, because you’ll bring new life into the world very soon…

Week 29

welling in your fingers might make it difficult for you to make fists with your hands beginning from this week, and you might realize that your rings are a little tighter around your fingers. Take off your rings before they get stuck on your fingers and put them away. Also, you should talk to your doctor if the swelling in your hands and feet becomes excessive. 

Swimming and water itself are great soothers and healers. If you are experienc-ing any burning sensation from hemorrhoids, suffering from oedema, gaining weight and feeling back pain, surrendering yourself to the water is the best thing you can do. Swim in the sea or a pool if you can, and if not, bathtubs or showers will do. You can even just put a stool in the shower and just let the water wash over you. Your baby is actually swimming in your belly at this moment! Just remember, all these extraordinary changes will disappear from your body once you give birth.


Week 30

Your baby takes a little more room in your uterus each week and this means there’s less and less amniotic fluid. Drink lots of water and coconut water, if you have any. Coconut water is one of the best liquids that satiate thirst, it helps balance the pH levels and it is nutritious. Your baby is living inside you as its home, gaining weight just like you are, and getting ready to be born into your arms as a little baby.

Week 31

The issue of urination! You probably need to go pee all the time. Going on long walks in the forest where there is no restroom and having to pee was especially a challenge for me. That is why you should try peeing before leaving for a walk or for the movies, whether you actually need to urinate or not. For any issues with sleeping, look into buying a body pillow for pregnancy if you still don’t have one. Those pillows sup-port the underside of your belly and sit between your legs, which makes it easier for you to hug it as you sleep. If you don’t have a body pillow, you can make the same ar-rangement with pillows you have at home. Just as you were extremely sleepy during the first few weeks of pregnancy, you need sleep and rest more than ever now to gath-er strength. Make sure you get lots of (sugar-free!) fluids and rest with your feet up.

Week 32

Your belly button might be pointing outward now, which is caused by the pressure from your growing uterus. It’ll go back to the way it was after the birth. You might feel dizzy during these last few weeks, because the blood in your body is pumped more towards the lower side of your body and less towards your head area. As you leave the 32nd week of your pregnancy behind, you should be very well acquaint-ed with your doctor and feel comfortable talking to them about your concerns.

You might be working with your midwife/doula or attending prenatal classes and hearing so many different things about the process of birth. Feel free to ask your doctor even the tiniest questions you might have.

Week 33

As your belly keeps growing, you might feel some numbness in your hands and feet, but don’t panic because that’s normal. If you are tired of waking up countless times at night to the bathroom, cut back on drinking fluids 1 hour before bedtime.

Week 34

Your center of gravity is changing and you might feel that your movements are being restricted every so often. Your belly keeps getting bigger and even though you feel like you’re huge, you still have some more growing to do. If you have a big ap-petite, you should eat smaller portions to alleviate the pressure on your stomach. Eat-ing more often and in smaller portions prevents problems like acid reflux.

Week 35

This week, you might begin to feel some light pain that comes and goes. They could be like momentary contractions. These are not birthing pains but only your body’s way of alerting you that the birth is going to happen soon. Your body is trying to tell you something like, “This is what it will be like during the birth.” This period resem-bles the first stage of birth. You probably still have difficulty sleeping. This is all com-pletely normal and only a little foreshadowing about you being able to hold your baby soon…

Week 36

In the 36th week of your pregnancy breathing and eating might become a little easier, because your baby is lowering itself this week and resting its head on the pelvis. As the height of the uterus goes down a little bit, the pressure on your stomach and chest is alleviated and you’ll feel lighter.

Week 37

Beginning from the 37th week of pregnancy, several things might happen at once to let you know that the big “event” is starting. You might begin to feel a little bit of pain every now and then and while these are real birth pains, not all of them mean that you are in labor. These birth pains only try to give you a little preview of what is going to happen during the actual delivery and they will get more intense with time. Nobody re-ally knows what actually kicks off the birth but the body knows best. When your body feels that your baby is ready to come out into the world, it starts releasing chemicals called prostaglandins, which make the cervix get thinner and open up. The prosta-glandins stimulate the uterus and it results in light contractions which slowly push the baby down and out.

Week 38

Your water might break around this time. If you are worried about becoming embarrassed to have it break while you are out and about in public, don’t worry. Most women feel the moisture on their legs just before their water breaks. You have enough time to go to the bathroom wherever you may be. Also keep in mind that this is not like you’re wetting yourself, it’s a natural sign of going into labor, so there is absolutely nothing to be embarrassed about… Your baby is coming!

You might be feeling more like you need to build your “nest” around this time. You might really be enjoying doing some cleaning around the house and changing up the decoration a little bit. That’s all fine, just don’t overexert yourself. This is also a part of nesting. Just remember that you need energy for the birth as well.

Week 39

Only 5% of women around the world give birth on predicted “due dates” that they are given. Which means that your baby can come out in a few hours or a few weeks. Try to keep your mind busy with other things and not let yourself get tensed up. If there is anything that’s been missing on your lists and that you’re concerned about, you should ask your spouse or your loved ones for help.


Week 40-41

ou’ll begin to feel the first of the birth pains soon. And yes, it will be a little painful, but it’s nothing you can’t handle. Remember, a lot of women experience the same things.

Week 42

If your baby still hasn’t arrived, your doctor will probably intervene after this week and induce the birth. Most babies are born completely healthy in these weeks, and technically the baby’s not even considered late yet.


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