Now the uterus is at its highest. It can be difficult to sleep properly, so rest often during the day.
It is time to have a delivery bag ready and packed.
Probably it will be more difficult and more inconvenient to go now. The uterus is at its highest during pregnancy, reaching right up to the sternum. It may feel like the lungs are no longer fit. But it probably doesn’t get any worse than this – if one or a few weeks the baby drops something and it becomes easier to breathe again.
The uterus continues with its “training” in the form of an amplifier, which causes the abdomen to suddenly contract and become quite tense. The child notices your prelims, but does not seem to experience them as unpleasant.
It can be difficult to get a really good sleep. You probably wake up to turn on you several times every night, and have to get up to pee more and more often.
Most find it most comfortable to sleep on the side, perhaps with a pillow to support the heavy stomach.
It is not a stupid idea to have a bag pre-packaged when it is time to go into labor. For example, you may want to bring your favorite snacks, slippers, camera. Some bring their own relaxing music and CD player.
Good to include is a journal from the midwife reception and a birth letter where you wrote a little about yourself and how you hope the birth will be. Write about which pain relief methods you prefer and if you have a strong fear of something special.
Rest as often as you can. If you want to prepare, you can already buy breastfeeding bra and maybe some nice soft clothes for the first time in the hospital or at home. Read what happens in the body after childbirth or our handy tips on good baby things – from car seat to stroller.
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The baby in the stomach now weighs about 2800 grams is just over 45 centimeters long. It may move less now that it is getting tight in the stomach. Kicks and knocks become more of small bumps from feet and knees.
When you put on something protruding, which may be the child’s foot, for example, you may get a reaction back and the child may move on the body part.
The child perceives light and darkness well – pupils can be contracted and dilated. If the sun shines on the stomach, the baby will bathe in a warm red glow.
This is how a birth starts
It is approaching the estimated date of birth, or you may have passed the estimated date of your birth. But how do you know when birth has started? Here we talk about various signs that the birth is in progress.
As it approaches birth, the body prepares itself in different ways. You may receive signals indicating that it is coming soon, but not all signs are noticeable to everyone.
The child’s head has been fixed
At the end of the pregnancy, especially if you are a first-born, the baby’s head has usually fixed itself in the pelvic entrance and made its first rotation, which means that the baby bends his head against his breast. For maternal grandmothers, it is not uncommon for the child’s head to get fixed first when the pain starts.
The cervix softens
A necessary physical preparation is that the cervix is shortened from about 4 cm long to a few centimeters, it softens up and the cervix gently begins to open a few centimeters. During birth it will eventually open up to 10 cm for the baby to be able to squeeze out.
The mucus plug is ejected
The mucus, called the mucus, which lies as a protective envelope in the cervix during pregnancy. It provides protection against infections during pregnancy.
However, it is not as the name suggests a “plug”, but more mucus or secretive. This can start to run out of the vagina several days before the birth starts, or sometimes in connection with the birth start. Some don’t even notice.
However, if you experience a bleeding, you should contact your childbirth department immediately. Bleeding associated with the onset of childbirth is often harmless and a sign that the cervix is opening, but it is still good to look up.
Painters become labor pains
Throughout pregnancy, the uterus contractes from time to time. These contractions are a training of the muscles of the uterus, which will work hard during labor. But they do not mean that the birth has begun.
When approaching childbirth, however, contractions change character. They become more regular and often feel like aches or cramps in the back and down to the groin. You usually notice a difference in the clear pain of the laborers compared to the painkillers. Pain can feel uncomfortable, sometimes with some pressure, but the labor pain is more painful.
It is usually time to go into childbirth when it comes 3 to 5 pain in 10 minutes. It is good to call your maternity ward first to get good advice on when to go. If you are a nurse, you may wish to contact the maternity ward earlier, as the opening phase often goes faster then.
The water goes
The birth can start with the discharge of amniotic fluid, that is, the amniotic membranes have broken and that part of the amniotic fluid flows through the vagina. About 10-15 percent start their delivery work with the water running.
You notice it by suddenly getting wet in your panties. The amniotic fluid usually consists of about a liter of fluid, but it is often only a small part that runs out when the amniotic fluid breaks. New amniotic fluid is also constantly being formed and it will continue to seep out water until the baby is born. Therefore, it may be good to have ties at home that you can then wear in your panties.
If the water goes down, call your maternity ward. You then have to come into the birth to find that it really is amniotic fluid, as it can be difficult to distinguish it from urinary leakage. You then also make certain checks on you baby to see that everything is normal. If everything looks good, you usually have to go home and wait for the painters to get started.
However, if your body temperature exceeds 37.5 degrees or the amniotic fluid changes color (brown or green), you must contact the birth again. After 18 hours, preventative antibiotics are usually used to counteract infection risk. If the delivery has not started within 48 hours, you will help start your delivery on the medical pathway, so-called initiation or induction of the delivery.
Call the delivery clinic before you go in
Always call the birth clinic you plan to go to and talk to a midwife first. If you have had a bleeding, if the pain work seems to have started or if the amniotic fluid has gone, he is probably advised to go in. Sometimes you can be a little unsure, then a conversation can make you not have to go in too soon.