Week 18: Time to think about recording your pregnancy dreams to remember later.

BirthWatch Tips
  • Experts now recommend that right after birth, a healthy newborn should be placed skin-to-skin on the mother's abdomen or chest and should be dried and covered with warm blankets. Any care that needs to be done immediately after birth can be done with your baby skin-to-skin on your chest. As midwife Ina May Gaskin says, you're entitled to "keep your prize." Lamaze International
  • Try changing your shoes several times a day if you find your feet hurting and consider wearing support hose if you need to stand for long periods of the day.
  • Many women have more vivid dreams during pregnancy, due partly to the heightened emotions and hormones of pregnancy. BabyCenter.com
  • Are you experiencing pregnancy as an obese woman? You may be very interested in "The Well-Rounded Mama" blog dedicated to providing women of size pregnancy information without judgment or scare tactics. The Well-Rounded Mama
  • Start a baby name list by researching all the names in your and your partner's families. You might find a family name that is perfect for your baby.
  • While lying on your back, either for sleep or exercise, keep a small folded towel under your right hip to displace the weight of your uterus off the vein that returns blood to your heart. If you ever feel dizzy, light-headed or nauseous while lying on your back, just roll over on your side until the sensation passes.
  • Social support during pregnancy and especially early parenthood is vitally important to your mental health and emotional well-being. During pregnancy, it's a good idea to widen your social network with women who understand what you're going through and what you'll need during the postpartum period.

Tips for Week 17

Tips for Week 19

BirthWatch Recommends:

Birth Day: A Pediatrician Explores the Science, the History, and the Wonder of Childbirth

This was my favorite childbirth-related book of 2009. Here's a unique take on childbirth from a pediatrician's eyes focused on the results of childbirth. Dr. Sloan's writing is scientific, anecdotal, and hugely reverant toward the act of childbirth and the experience for both care provider, parent and child.

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