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Your pregnancy: week by week. Part 3
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Your pregnancy: week by week. Part 3

          The last article about pregnancy and your body changes during it. Many interesting things should happen, so here is all informatikon you need to not be surprised.

          Week 27

Many women find that being pregnant makes them more assertive than usual. The feeling that you are responsible for another little person is motivational enough to speak up for yourself or say no when necessary. Pregnancy also has a way of making you hyper-attuned to your instincts. Also, the more you will get in the habit of setting limits now, the happier and less frazzled you will be once you will give a birth.

          Week 28

Congratulations! You have made it to the third trimestre! You probably feel like ready to be done with this pregnancy. In your last trimester you will feel the physical toll of pregnancy. Extra weight often lead to musculo-skeletal pain and fatigue can slow you down. It is likely that you will find it harder and harder to get comfortable anywhere. While trying to sleep, sitting or relaxing.

          Week 29

During the third trimester you might find some surprising symptoms, one of them is leaky breasts. The yellowish, thin fluid is colostrum, which is the precursor to breast milk. You should notice only a drop or two, if you will at all. This fluid contains antibodies that help fight infection and build resistance to many common illnesses during your newborn‘s first days. If you do not plan to breastfeed, you still might need to consider nursing just for a couple of days so your baby can take advantage of this nutritional head start.

          Week 30

As your skin expands to adapt baby, stretch marks are not nessesery the only side effect. Some moms also experience itchy skin. A simple calming lotion can provide relief. What about those stretch marks? At least half of moms get them and actually, there is really nothing you can do to prevent them. But there is a good news -  they will fade quite well over time, though you should know, they will not disappear completely.

          Week 32

Your uterus is almost five inches above your belly, that is why your baby is pressing more intensely on your internal organs. You should expect symptoms like urine leakage, heartburn and breathlessness to intensify during the last few months of pregnancy. This might affect your appetite in the coming weeks, causing your hunger to fade. Sometimes women feel nausea again around this time.

          Week 33

Not all contractions mean that you are going to deliver soon, which at this point should have you breathing a sigh of relief! Just like your unborn baby's body takes time to develop and mature before he is ready for his birth, your body readies itself for labor by practicing. Although it does not lead to active labor, it does prepare your body for the delivery time.

          Week 34

Looks like there is no way that you could get any bigger? And you are right, weight gain often stops or slows down by this time. There is quite a chance you probably cannot see your shoes. Quick tip, remember, you will be back to your old self in a few months.

          Week 35

Labor signal to watch for is extra-thick vaginal discharge that is pink or even a bit red. This is the start of your mucus plug dropping. Losing your plug does not mean that labor is starting. Many women lose their plugs about two weeks before labor begins.

          Week 36

Lighter belely? This process is called dropping, lightening or engagement and it is common for women around this time. In a first-time mother, the baby often "drops" two to four weeks before delivery. Also, your milk glands are expanding and filling with colostrum. This will probably make your breasts feel a bit lumpy.

          Week 38

Your water could break any day now, and if you are thinking that means you are doomed for an embarrassing scene, do not worry. Most women start to notice a wetness just running down the leg, so you will probably have enough time to get to a bathroom and call your doctor.

          Week 39

Less than 5 percent of women give birth on their actual due dates, which means your baby could come right about now or not for couple weeks. Labor might begin in several ways, like mild cramps, your water breaking. Labor has three stages - when you get to the hospital you will likely be in active labor, during which your cervix dilates from 3 or 4 centimeters to 7.

          Week 40

It is a due date and if you are lucky baby will actually arrive this week! Soon you will feel your first real contractions. They will come fast once you are in active labor. Each lasts up to a minute. It will surely hurt. This is like nothing you have felt before. But you will get through this soon.

          Week 41

It is okay if you are still pregnant. Babies come to term anywhere between 38 and 42 weeks. If your delivery is scheduled, you will check into the hospital and either be prepped for a C-section. If you go into labor on your own, call your doctor for instructions.

          Congratulations, if you reached last weeks! Have the time of your life with your little one. Anyways, it was worth it, wasn’t it?


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