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Size of Baby

51.2cm

Development of Baby

Your baby is continuing to build both fat and iron as they prepare for life outside the womb.

Maternal Symptoms

It is normal to feel quite frustrated at this stage, particularly if you haven’t been experiencing Braxton-hicks, or other signs of early labour. Think about how you, and you birth partner or support person, can support you during this time. It is not known exactly what starts the cascade of hormonal changes that mark the beginning of labour so you will hear of many different things to try. These include sex as sperm contains prostaglandins that can help to ripen your cervix and the rise in oxytocin can help to stimulate the uterine muscles, foods that will irritate your bowel such as spice or pineapple and walking or spending time on a pregnancy ball, using gravity and movement to encourage baby to move further down into your pelvis.   

Things to Consider

You have reached your due date! Most people don’t birth their baby on their due date, research from the Perinatal Institute showed that only 5% of people give birth on their due date. Knowing this can help to take the pressure off slightly, although it is normal to feel a wide range of emotions from frustrated to excited to nervous and so on.




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