You’re almost at your due date. Don’t panic. Want to know what you can you look forward to and what you should be thinking of and preparing now? Here is a primer.
What to expect:
- Discharges commence. Increased clear vaginal discharge.
- Your mucus plug may discharge and you may see specks of blood in it. This “show” is the plug that seals the cervix.
- Nesting bug kicks in. You’ll start to feel unusually energetic and you may suddenly get an urge to clean the house, wash and fold baby clothes from your baby shower and just get the “nest” ready for the new arrival.
- Braxton Hicks contractions start. These practice contractions happen as your body prepares for the real thing.
When should I call the docs or midwife?
- If you are under 37 weeks pregnant, if you start having contractions AND watery discharge OR a bloody vaginal discharge AND/OR feel pain in your lower back or cramping, you may be experiencing early labor. CALL!
- If you are after 37 weeks, call if you think the baby’s movements have slowed, your water breaks or you have any bleeding whatsoever.
Until then, here’s what to do:
- Get your maternity back ready including some treats, pillows, cushions, snacks and music
- Go over your birth plan
- Practice your kegel and floor muscle exercises to prepare for pushing
- Sleep with a giant plastic sheet under your mattress in case your water breaks while you are sleeping.
- Getting ready for your due date
You’re excited so stay busy until the time comes but also try to relax. It only gets harder from here, once baby arrives. Rest if you can, kick up your feet and take it easy!