Your baby is almost due. Not long now before he decides to enter the world. The baby has less and less space. Now if he moves, you can often feel it in several places at once. The baby has engaged and is presenting on the cervix and could decide to be born any moment now.
You are probably more irritable, tired and forgetful than usual. That's perfectly normal. After all, you're waiting for the baby to finally arrive and you're as ready as you can be. Many women prefer not to stray too far from home in the last weeks of their pregnancy. Even a little shopping can prove too tiring. It might sound a bit cliché but try to get some rest, while you still can. Giving birth uses up a lot of energy and you probably won't be able to rest much afterwards.
Try not to worry about the birth. Anybody can give birth. Besides which, it will usually not be as you imagined anyway. That is why it's best to adopt as 'neutral' an approach as possible. Try to relax as much as you can. That will help labour progress smoothly and you'll be able to cope with the contractions and deal with the pain.
The baby is already producing his first stools, called 'meconium'. It is black and sticky like tar.
If you pass any amniotic fluid that is green-stained as opposed to clear, notify your midwife or obstetrician immediately. You will have to go to hospital straight away to have your baby as quickly as possible. If the baby swallows any meconium-stained amniotic fluid, this could cause fetal distress (lack of oxygen).
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