It's very important to eat lots of iron-rich food in the third trimester. Your baby absorbs this crucial mineral from your body to build up iron stores in her own body, mostly in the form of red blood cells.
It's very important to eat lots of iron-rich food in
the third trimester. Your baby absorbs this crucial mineral from your
body to build up iron stores in her own body, mostly in the form of red
blood cells. The majority of the absorption takes place in the final
months before delivery.
Heads or tails. "Should my head be up or down?"
head-first, or cephalic presentation is the ideal position for birth.
Labour goes more smoothly when the baby's head, the largest body part,
comes through the birth canal first. About 3 to 4 percent of babies
haven't turned to this position by 35 weeks. If a foot or the bottom
appears first, the delivery is called a breech birth. (To find out how
providers treat a breech baby, click here). Amazingly, despite the
tight quarters in your uterus, your little acrobat may turn several
more times before she's born.
Your baby's arms and legs are getting chubbier as she
continues to gain weight. By the end of this week, she may weigh up to
2.5 Kg (about 5.5 pounds) and measure about 46-47 cm (about 18.5
What you should know about Cesareans.
No matter how much
thought and preparation you put into it, childbirth (like parenthood)
can be unpredictable. There's always a chance your doctor will decide
that there is some risk to you or your baby and, as a result, will
deliver your baby by Caesarean section. A Caesarean birth is one in
which the baby is delivered through a surgical incision in the mother's
uterus. About one in five births in the United Kingdom are Caesarean
births. So even though the odds are that you won't have the procedure,
it's worth being prepared. Think about whether you would like to stay
awake, with an epidural or have a general anaesthetic if you have one.
Most doctors think that it is slightly safer to stay awake.
From the experts.
As you think ahead to labour, you may wonder what
happens if the umbilical cord wraps around your baby's neck. "This
condition, called nuchal cord, is fairly common and usually not harmful
to the baby," says Dr. Margaret Comerford Freda, "No one knows why it
happens, but it may have to do with the length of the cord."