At 31 weeks you don’t have long left at work so check your maternity entitlements. If your partner plans to take time off, look at his paternity leave options and organise friends and family to support you upon his return to work.
To help prevent pregnancy back pain make sure that you sit properly. The ideal posture is one where your neck is long, your chest is lifted and your pelvis is tilted so that your bottom is tucked under. If you sit for long periods of time at work, try to get up and stretch frequently. When sitting in a car, adjust the seat so that it is at a comfortable distance from the controls to suit you.
Many moms suffer from heartburn and indigestionduring their pregnancy, so aim to eat little and often to keep these symptoms at bay. Try to avoid fatty, fried and spicy foods which can aggravate the burning sensation, and eat a few hours before bed to ensure your sleep is minimally disrupted.
Getting your body ready for labour
You may have heard about perineal massage from other moms or at your antenatal classes. This means massaging the area between the vagina and the anus, known as the perineum, with vitamin E oil. Although it may sound far from dignified, keeping your perineum flexible can possibly lessen the risk of tearing during childbirth. It’s also important to keep up your pelvic floor exercises, to enable you to relax them at the right time in labour. You don’t have to spend hours on your pelvic floor exercises, little and often is the key.
Chat with other moms
Have you decided on your birth partner? One mom is asking how many can be in the delivery room at Holles Street as she would like to bring her mother and her husband – would you want to have more than one person in the delivery room with you?