The last 14 days before birth will be very exciting for you – a mix of anticipation, fear, impatience and tackling the last Pre-Delivery Days. In this article we tell you how to calm down and get ready to prepare for birth and how to recognize its beginning.
- Anticipation, anxiety and impatience:
Mood swings are typical for this time. On one hand, many women suffer from the pregnancy symptoms and on the other they look forward to finally holding the baby in her arms. At this time there are many dilemmas about the birth of the baby: Will I do it all? How will my life change? How much advantage will the child take?
Shortly before the calculated date concern about labour pains increases. Many women feel something like a fear of failure. Even if they are well informed, the upcoming event is still something completely unknown.
Some women try to ignore these feelings whilst others want to talk about the upcoming birth. Talking to your partner, friends and relatives who have experienced birth help cope better with anxiety. Also in the childbirth classes, pregnant women have the opportunity to interact.
Deep breathing and relaxation exercise can calm distressing thoughts. Try some yoga or massages. Movement like walking, swimming or dancing, not only solves cramps, but also improves you emotionally.
If you have ever struggled with fear, stop those thoughts by thinking about positive things. Or write those fears in a book, you can feel them less when you read about them. Here is a very banal idea: Go to a park or market and watch all the people around you, understand they were all born to women. And if they can so can you!
- Many pregnant women struggle with insomnia
For many expectant mothers, negative thoughts begin to circle when they fall asleep: The birth and life with the baby and what will happen in the coming weeks are a few tensions. In addition, it is now very difficult to find a comfortable sleeping position. The abdomen is large and heavy, with every turn the baby takes you need to re-adjust yourself. Usual sleeping positions are no longer possible.
Pregnant women should not lie on their back for too long because that obstructs blood flow and may put an additional burden on the baby. It is better to sleep in a lateral position, always keep one pillow under your knees.
Many pregnant women cannot sleep due to a strong need to urinate in the last weeks.
Here are some tips for better nights:
- Distract yourself from your fears: Listen to music, knit, read a book or watch a beautiful movie.
- An evening stroll and relax the mother outweighs the baby to sleep.
- Enjoy a warm bath. Additions of lavender or rose oil calm the mind and body.
- Relaxation and breathing exercises help in the preparation for childbirth.
- It is easier to sleep in a wide bed add pillows which support the belly.
Herbal teas are like healthy sleeping pills, buy some “bedtime tea” blends from the health food store.
- The final screening is particularly important
The doctor checks if the child is still supplied via the placenta and has become healthy enough. These studies are possible with a Doppler ultrasound: Ultrasound of the blood flow in the placenta and umbilical cord is measured. The fetus is constantly supplied with oxygen and nutrients. 80 milliliters of blood now flow daily through the placenta, in the middle of pregnancy, there was only a mere 28 milliliters.
If the baby suffers from any heart or kidney function problem, they are treated in the womb. It is also controlled, where the placenta is sitting. If it is located in front of or near the cervix, a cesarean section might be necessary.
At the screening examination, the doctor also checks whether there is enough amniotic fluid is there.
Fortify yourself for the birth
- Shortly before the birth, you need to gather energy reserves. The best way is to have many small meals as overeat may strain the baby.
- The contractions you will get will be manageable if you eat a carbohydrate-rich, low-fat diet.
- Eat like a long distance runner before a big race: lots of fresh, raw foods that are rich in fibre, carbohydrates and polyunsaturated fatty acids.
- Eat plenty of dairy and whole grain products, fresh salads and vegetables.