Chapter 5

The last three months

Weeks 28-40 – nearing the big day and need to get organised? This chapter covers everything from changes in you and your baby to planning the birth & more

Chapter contents include:

What’s happening?:

  • The baby
  • Maternal changes

Feelings:

  • Practical problems
  • Looking forward

Helping yourself:

  • Looking after your pelvic floor
  • Perineal massage
  • Looking after your skin
  • Sleeping, bending and lifting
  • Sexual activity

When pregnancy becomes complicated:

  • Multiple pregnancy
  • Bleeding (antepartum haemorrhage)
  • Blood clots (deep vein thrombosis, or DVT)
  • Severe abdominal pain in later pregnancy
  • The Rhesus factor
  • Heart disease in pregnancy
  • Premature birth
  • Stillbirth

Continuing health care:

  • Antenatal visits
  • Possible tests in the last three months
  • Antenatal admission to hospital
  • Going to pregnancy and parenting classes
  • Breathing and relaxation for birth

Planning for birth:

  • Changes at the very end of pregnancy
  • A plan for birth
  • Preparation for birtWho is going to help at birth?

A couple’s story: A first birth