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I’ve never met a mom in her final weeks of pregnancy that was not uncomfortable and ready to give birth. Well, I take that back. I do remember meeting a mom or two that just basked in the final weeks of pregnancy, but that is not the norm.
As your baby grows, she is happily karate chopping your internal organs. She dances on your bowels and bladder and lovingly turns kart wheels into your ribs. It seems like your baby is running out of room. Oh the joy of motherhood!
In the midst pregnancy discomforts, it’s easy and tempting to slip into a mindset of “baby eviction.” This mindset has an internal and external dialogue of “being ready to drop this load.” Also, the anticipation of dressing your baby in all the cool things you got at the baby shower can cause you to lose patience and feel rushed to see your baby.
There’s a lot of misinformation out there about what is full term. I encourage all moms to strive for 40 weeks of gestating your baby. Did you know that your baby is the one to decide when she’s ready to come? Yes, that’s right. Your baby know when she’s finished baking. When she feels ready she will send a hormone to your body and the labor show will be on the road.
That’s why it’s so important to let labor start on it’s own in the cases of low risk, normal pregnancies. Your baby’s lungs and brain are some of the last organ systems to develop while in the womb. Babies that gestate to full-term are more likely to live healthy strong lives and avoid illness and death. So, the 6-4 weeks of constant discomfort will reward you with a lifetime of joyful moments with your baby.
Here are a few tips to help you through to the 40 week finish line:
1) DRINK WATER – Avoid sugary drinks that can spike your glucose levels. Your baby is swimming in water (amniotic fluid). Keep baby happy by staying hydrated. One of the major causes of premature contractions is dehydration. Your uterus is a muscle and it’s working hard to grow your baby. Be nice to your uterus and drink plenty of water throughout the day. Drinking smaller amounts all day is easier than trying to down lots at one time. As baby grows, you have less room in your stomach.
2) PRENATAL MASSAGE – Prenatal massage is awesome for so many reasons. I love it because it increases blood circulation. Keeping your blood circulating properly will help you avoid fluid build up and swollen limbs. This will keep your risk of preeclampsia lower. Also, prenatal massage can help relieve some of the aches and pains associated with the final weeks of pregnancy.
3) CHIROPRACTIC ADJUSTMENT – Similarly, chiropractic care can help alleviate aches and pains associated with pregnancy. Not only can it relieve discomfort, it can help you have a faster delivery. Your baby has the hurdle of getting over your pelvic bone during labor. If you are properly aligned, this increases your chances of a fast vaginal birth.