At 32 weeks your baby will be familiar with the sound of your heartbeat and digestion. The pitch of women’s voices are most audible over this background noise, and he or she will recognise your voice immediately after birth.
As your due date draws nearer, your body may start prepping for delivery with ‘practice’ contractions, known as Braxton Hicks. These are irregular contractions of the uterus which are generally intense and uncomfortable rather than painful. They can be experienced throughout pregnancy, but are more common in the third trimester.
Staying healthy during your pregnancy is important for you and your baby. Pilates is a great way to maintain strength in your core back and stomach muscles, which are needed to support your growing bump. As your abdominal muscles stretch to allow room for your growing baby, your posture can change, leading to more pressure on your spine and core muscles. eumom’s physiotherapy expert Aoibhin McGreal offers advice for moms-to-be, as well as tips for five pilates exercises to do during pregnancy.
Combining the physical demands of pregnancy with your work life is an overwhelming combination, but keeping your stresses to a minimum will help you to stay happy and healthy. Throughout your pregnancy, your employer should carry out a health and safety risk assessment of the workplace to ensure it is suitable for you to remain in your current role. It’s nearly time to finish up at work, so make sure you are up to speed with your maternity leave entitlements, and ensure your employer is up to date on all the necessary information.
Give yourself a nutritional boost
If you are feeling tired or run down at this stage, your iron levels may be a little low. Increasing your iron intake can help boost your energy. If you are prescribed iron tablets or pregnancy supplements by your doctor, they may lead to constipation so try to combat these symptoms with some high fibre foods, however speak to your midwife or doctor if you are still experiencing problems.
Chat with other moms
During your antenatal appointments, your midwife or doctor will check to see how you measure for your dates – this is to ensure baby is growing at the right rate. One of our moms has been told she is measuring bigger due to excess fluid around baby – see what advice midwife Tracy Donegan offers.
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