The Last 3 Months

Helping you out from Weeks 28-40+

  1. 1 School of Pregnancy

    Held once or twice a week, pregnancy and parenting classes are great for women and their partners or support person to learn more about expectations, meet other parents-to-be and begin those exercises and breathing techniques. Check out www.parentscentre.org.nz for more or ask your LMC for information about local classes that are District Health Board funded.

  2. 2 Can’t get no sleep…

    Trouble sleeping? You’re pretty much limited to sleeping on your side, sometimes a soft pillow under your tummy helps or use it to support your top leg. Avoid sleeping on your back. Even if you have to get up and visit the toilet in the night, return to bed and get valuable rest – you’ll often drift off again. Once you settle, baby will too!

  3. 3 Toilet tripping again

    As your uterus grows, your bladder gets squashed meaning you’ll spend time running to the toilet again. Pressure on your bowel can mean constipation strikes – eat plenty of vegetables, lots of fibre and drink enough water.

  4. 4 Baby’s position

    He or she is on the move! Your LMC will determine baby’s position by pushing quite firmly just above your pelvis with their hands. Top tip! Relax your tummy muscles and visit the bathroom beforehand – it’ll feel much more comfortable.

  5. 5 Kick start

    Feel like baby will be a footballer, ballerina or karate black-belt? You’ll begin to detect a daily pattern of baby’s movements, so take note of when your baby moves – it should be at least 10 times in 2-4 hours. Talk to your LMC if you are worried about your baby’s movements.

  6. 6 Breast changes

    Those milk-producing hormones have now taken control of your breasts! Small amounts of milk – colostrum – start being produced, and you may notice a few drops at your nipples.

  7. 7 And squeeze

    After week 20, make sure you do daily pelvic floor exercises to prevent incontinence  (both before and after birth). Keep these up – if you can control these muscles, it’ll help during birth.

  8. 8 Skinny genes

    As the skin of your tummy stretches, it can become itchy and red stretch marks can appear. Some women find massaging their skin beneficial, and the lines do fade after birth! Try almond oil to relieve itchiness, but test it on a small area of skin first.

  9. 9 Double the fun

    850 sets of twins and 10 sets of triplets are born every year in New Zealand. With multiple pregnancies, be prepared for more antenatal visits, more tests and a closely monitored labour to give you all optimal care.

  10. 10 Birth plan

    Keep this flexible! And remember to include preferences on any pain relief and active intervention, should they be needed. Chat with your LMC about this and you’ll feel much more prepared.