You’ve got the end in sight, mammy-to-be!
Your next few weeks of pregnancy are all about nourishing that baby to be its healthiest self when it comes out. Here’s what to expect in month seven.
How you’ll be feeling at seven months pregnant
The seventh month of pregnancy brings you closer to meeting your little one. At this stage, you may notice increased fatigue and discomfort. Your baby bump is substantial, and you might have difficulty finding a comfortable sleeping position. However, your excitement continues to grow as you anticipate your baby’s arrival.
What you need to know
Start preparing for your baby’s arrival by setting up the baby’s space or bedroom or bedside cot, washing baby clothes, and packing your hospital bag. You may experience more frequent Braxton Hicks contractions, which are practice contractions. They are usually painless but can be intense. Finalise your birth plan, discussing your preferences for pain relief and the birthing environment with your healthcare provider. Organise childcare for any other children you have, and let work know you’re coming up to to your due date in eight or so weeks time.
Things to do
As always, continue with your regular prenatal check-ups. Your healthcare provider will monitor your baby’s development and ensure both you and your little one are healthy. Practice pelvic floor exercises to prepare for labour and aid in postpartum recovery. Consider attending antenatal classes if you haven’t already. They provide valuable information on childbirth and baby care. If you want to take a hypno-birthing class or download some apps to help guide you through a calm birth, organise that around now.
How is baby?
In the seventh month, your baby is about the size of a pineapple. They are developing reflexes like sucking and swallowing and can even hiccup. While their eyes are open, they can’t see much due to the darkness of the womb.
What to ask your doctor
- How can you distinguish Braxton Hicks contractions from real labour contractions, and when should you be concerned?
- What are the common signs that labour may be approaching, and how should you respond if you experience them?
- How can pelvic floor exercises benefit you during labour and postpartum recovery?
- What essentials should you pack in your hospital bag, and is there anything specific you should prepare for the birth?
- What should you expect during labour and delivery, and are there any potential complications to be aware of?
- Is there anything at this stage that would exclude or prohibit a certain type of birth in your specific case?