Breathe easy! Your baby will soon drop lower into your pelvis, relieving some of the pressure from under your ribs
You may find as they get bigger that you have a little trouble breathing. This is because your internal organs have moved up in response to your growing uterus which can put some pressure on your lungs. As baby drops in the next couple of weeks this should ease up.
Baby would now be considered full term if they were born this week
You are getting closer and closer to meeting the little person who has been growing and developing inside you each day. Try to be patient - you're almost at the beginning of the next adventure!
All of the organs and features are now fully in place, meaning your little one is soon ready for the outside world
There isn't much left to do now but wait. You can use this time to read up on what to expect next - the signs of labour to look out for, preparing to breastfeed, how to change a nappy and all the new milestones to come!
Only 5% of births actually occur on their due date, so don't be too disappointed if you have to wait a little longer
But 50% are within a week of the due date and 90% are within 2 weeks - you won't have to wait forever even though it may feel like that.
Baby has grown from one single cell to a human being in just 9 short months. You're about to be a parent!
You're about to be a parent! If you are still waiting for baby to arrive have a read of some of the articles in this week to help keep you occupied - the impatience can be unbearable but you will soon have your little baby in your arms.
75% of babies arrive after their due date so don't worry if you're still waiting, you are not alone.
Babies don't stick to a time schedule, they will arrive when they are ready! 50% are within a week of the due date so hopefully you won't have long to wait.
Congratulations - you're a parent! Take this time to get to know your new baby. Don't worry about housework and accept any help that you are offered from well meaning family and friends. This stage is known as "The Fourth Trimester". Your baby is getting used to life on the outside world so make sure to comfort them by feeding on demand, having plenty of skin to skin content and keeping them close for plenty of cuddles. Once baby arrives or if you have already welcomed your new little bundle of joy don't forget to edit your profile to update their date of birth so that you are getting the most relevant information for the stage that you are at. You can find the edit profile button in the top right corner.
After giving birth, you’ll want to avoid any problems with constipation, especially if you’ve had any stitches or bruising as a part of your labour. Eat plenty of foods containing fibre such as wholemeal bread, high fibre cereal, fruits and vegetables and drink plenty of water. You’ll need lots of fluid to help you avoid constipation and to give you a good supply of milk throughout the day. Don't forget to give your baby their vitamin D3 supplement. The Department of Health and Children now recommends that all babies are given a supplement of 5ug of vitamin D3 each day until they are 12 months old.
Although your baby may cry regularly they don't actually produce tears for the first few weeks of life.
Babies are born with working tear ducts but they only produce enough tears to cover and protect the eye. As their glands develop, proper tears will begin to appear.
At birth, baby's eyes are 75% their adult size
The changes keep on coming within the first month, including their eyesight. Right now your baby’s eyesight is developing in quality and range, although it’s still quite limited. The human face – especially yours – along with any moving object will attract their attention most of all.
A newborn's brain accounts for about 10% of their body weight, in adults it is only 2%
At birth their brain is developed to about 25% of it's adult size and by 3 years this will be 80% making these the most important years in terms of brain development.
Expect your baby's first real smile somewhere between 1 and 3 months
By 2 months of age your baby will lose their reflex smile which is what you may have seen up until this point. Their real smile will usually happen between 6 and 12 weeks of age.
Newborn babies have more bones than adults. Babies have around 305 while adults have 206.
Your baby's 6 week check-up is an important milestone. Not only will it reassure you that your baby is developing as they should, but also that they're responding properly to sights and sounds.
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