Your little one is almost ready to face the world now! If your baby has ‘engaged’, i.e. moved down in position for the birth, this will leave you a little more breathing space in your overcrowded insides. Whew!
However, this may also mean you feel a bit more downward pressure or discomfort.
As you get nearer your due date, you'll start seeing your midwife or doctor more frequently. They will do regular blood tests to make sure you are not becoming anaemic (which can make you feel fatigued). You can help guard against this by including plenty of iron-rich foods in your diet. Don’t forget, having a drink that's rich in vitamin C (such as HiPP Organic fruit juice) at the same time as iron-containing foods will help you absorb the iron better.
Have you considered online shopping?
As your bump gets bigger, it becomes a lot more difficult to squeeze through crowds! Have you considered having your supermarket shopping delivered (especially the heavy stuff)? You can order online at most supermarkets and also set up regular shopping lists. This is a service you’ll find useful after your baby is born, too.
If you’ve space in the freezer, this is a great opportunity to stock it up with easy-to-cook meals before your baby is born.
Are you making a birth plan?
It's a good idea; writing a birth plan can help you focus on decisions you need to make, and it can help you feel more relaxed about the impending birth. Download our handy birth plan template.
Take the time to treat yourself!
A bit of pampering can help you feel better if you're tired - and once your little one arrives, it will be more difficult to find the time to do so. Getting a pedicures or a leg and foot massage is an excellent way to relax and unwind – particularly as you probably haven’t seen your feet for a little while now!