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About to pop?

Watch what you do

During these last few weeks of pregnancy you need to realize that, as healthy as you may feel, there are some things that are beyond the orbit of safety when your baby is nearly due.

there are some things that are beyond the orbit of safety when your baby is nearly due

there are some things that are beyond the orbit of safety when your baby is nearly due

1.    You’re going to tire easily at this stage, so plan your day carefully. Avoid extensive shopping trips and decline cocktail evenings and exhibitions where you have to stand for hours in high-heel shoes.

2.    Don’t have extensive dental treatment just before your baby is due. Sitting in the dental chair with the weight of the heavy womb can diminish blood-return to the heart can make you feel nauseous, faint and dizzy.

3.    Wear comfortable and supportive bras at this stage, but don’t buy new or breastfeeding bras because your breast size will change once you’ve established breastfeeding. There is no need to “toughen” nipples in preparation for breastfeeding either. Don’t start dieting before your baby is born – his developing brain needs all the nutrition you can give. Don’t avoid the sunshine either.

4.    Ten to 15 minutes of sunshine daily will give you enough vitamin D for your body to synthesize calcium from your diet.

5.    Don’t have sex if your waters have broken – you should go to the hospital instead. Don’t bath either – it’s better to take a shower.

3. Wear comfortable and supportive bras at this stage, but don’t buy new or breastfeeding bras because your breast size will change once you’ve established breastfeeding.

Wear comfortable and supportive bras at this stage, but don’t buy new or breastfeeding bras because your breast size will change once you’ve established breastfeeding.

6.    Don’t depend on public transport to get you to the hospital when labor begins.

7.    Don’t ignore warning signs: seeing flashing lights, swollen fingers and feet, blinding headaches, vaginal bleeding or green amniotic fluid leaking from the vagina. Should these occur, go to the hospital as soon as you can.

8.    Avoid travelling long distances so that you won’t be far from home should labor begin.

9.    Throughout your whole pregnancy, you should skip raw food on the menu. Eggs, fish, raw meat and soft cheeses can harbor salmonella food poisoning. It is important not to eat these things, now more than ever, as the last thing you need right now gastritis.

10.  There are many old wives’ tales that are supposed to help induce labor naturally. However, following them can be dangerous. You may have heard that drinking castor oil when you are overdue will bring on the contractions. As will eating as much pineapple as possible – this is not true. Eating a lot of pineapple and drinking castor oil will only give you diarrhea, which comes with the risk of you dehydrating.

11.  During the last few weeks of your pregnancy, and if you are overdue, it is vital that you attend all your check-ups and scans. They may be needed every week, and making sure that these are done will allow you and your caregiver to know exactly what is going on with your baby, and make it easier to meet any problems that may come up, head on.

12.  This is a no-fly time! Not only can flying wreak havoc on any swelling you may have, at his late stage it could mean going to labor mid-flight.

During the last few weeks of your pregnancy, and if you are overdue, it is vital that you attend all your check-ups and scans.

During the last few weeks of your pregnancy, and if you are overdue, it is vital that you attend all your check-ups and scans.

13.  If possible, avoid people-busy places for the sake of avoiding viruses that range from flu to chicken pox. You don’t want to be sick when you’re in labor.

14.  If you’re planning to work until the first contraction, negotiate flextime or at least some time during the day to put your feet up.

15.  Don’t believe everything you read on the internet, Twitter or Facebook. If you’re unsure about anything, ask your healthcare provider who knows your medical background, health and pregnancy circumstances.

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