Welcome to week 29 of Pregnancy
Your baby is now as big as a head of broccoli. She can smile blink and even frown or cry in utero. Some women might feel great during their entire pregnancy. But, there are others who are hit with every symptom in the book like constipation, hemorrhoids, headaches, heartburn, indigestion, and an itchy belly. Most of these complaints are temporary and will improve once you have the baby.
If your achy joints are bugging you, consider a water workout. Getting regular exercise will help ease aches and pains. It also helps you sleep better and make you stronger for delivery. It reduces your risk of delivery complications and speeds up post-birth recovery. It might also boost your mood.
It sounds comforting to creating a birth plan. To be envisioning how childbirth will go feels like a little bit of control, in an otherwise uncontrollable situation for others. It’s an anxiety-inducing exercise that’s better left to the pros.
Neither outlook is right or wrong; you should do what feels right for you. Just keep in mind that not all births go according to plan. So even if you detail the day down to the labor playlist special mood lighting. And socks you’re gonna wear, it’s best to research alternatives. So you’ll know what you’re dealing with in any scenario.
Lots of expectant parents are torn on the topic of stem cell collection often called cord blood banking. Stem cells collected from the umbilical cord at birth can potentially be used to treat various illnesses. But this service comes at a price including a hefty initial fee and a monthly storage cost. Thereafter, if you decide on stem style collection, look into which stem cell companies service your area. And make arrangements for collection. Some communities have free public banks where you can donate your stem cells.
Have you heard about Kegels yet? Kegels are exercises that strengthen your pelvic floor muscles. And it has been known to make a huge difference in the likelihood of having pelvic floor weakness postpartum and continents and even vaginal prolapse. Post-baby you can tell where these muscles are by imagining you’re trying to stop your peeing midstream. You can get Ana Kegel workout no matter where you are.
Squeeze for four seconds then release for four seconds, repeat ten times a few times a day.