will I get this baby out?
During this time you will see your doctor every 2 weeks. Now
the baby is growing so rapidly and feels so huge that women
start to fear that the baby will be too large for them to deliver.
Your doctor will be an excellent judge of that, since it’s
the match between the inside of your pelvis and the size and
shape of your baby’s head that will determine the outcome.
You will have been evaluated throughout your pregnancy for
just this reason…while a small build will most likely
indicate a small pelvis, this can be deceptive when assessing
how spacious your pelvis is. It is important to discuss your
options and apprehensions with your doctor and he may choose
to send you for an ultrasound to investigate the situation.
Your doctor may also decide to assess your progress during
labour. Even if the baby seems huge to you, a labour that
is progressing well is usually an indication that the baby
can be delivered vaginally.
The majority of babies turn during this period into the
head down position. A baby who lies feet down when ready
to be delivered is said to be in the breech position and
there is still controversy about the best way to deliver
a baby in this position. Many doctors will prefer to perform
a caesarean in this situation but may allow a trial of labour with very
careful monitoring. It is not impossible for the baby to
turn at the very last minute. Your doctor may also attempt
to turn the baby externally aided by ultrasound.
This procedure (External cephalic version or ECV) is often
successful but should only be attempted by trained personnel.
Remember again that the most important thing to keep in
mind is that you want a healthy baby and, while you may
be disappointed if your doctor decides that you need a cesarean
, the baby’s health is paramount. Remind yourself
how incredibly lucky we are to have these options that have
made childbirth the safe experience it is today compared
to 100 years ago.
The baby is squashing
During these last weeks the size of the baby will affect
your comfort. You may struggle to eat because there just
doesn’t seem to be space for the food.
However adequate nutrition is critical for both you and
the baby and you may need to eat several small meals per
day. You can ease constipation by making sure that you drink at least 6 glasses of water
a day and ensure that there is enough fibre in your diet. Sleeping
problems, struggling to breathe, heartburn, swollen
hands and feet. These are just some of the symptoms
that you may encounter. Also the Braxton
Hicks contractions may be uncomfortably strong, as your
uterus strengthens up for the task ahead. Through all of
this you need to keep a sense of proportion – the
end is near and you should be very proud of your self for
the great job you are doing. Rest when you can – very
soon you will be a new mother and will be glad that you
rested when you could.
to call the doctor?