Week 24: Time to think about creating a healthy pregnancy no matter your size.

BirthWatch Tips
  • Skin that is stretching can get very itchy. Moisturizing regularly can help. Try olive oil or aloe vera.
  • 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
  • Your uterus is the size of a soccer ball. Visible Human Embryo
  • 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.
  • Many women find their fingernails and hair grow much more quickly during pregnancy.
  • Learn how to do a proper squat to strengthen the major muscles you'll need to birth your baby. Scientific research suggests squatting is the best way to prepare your pelvic floor for birth and lifelong health and continence.
  • Before going crazy with baby gift registries, ask your friends about all the stuff they thought they needed but ended up being useless.

Tips for Week 23

Tips for Week 25

BirthWatch Recommends:

Birthing From Within: An Extra-Ordinary Guide to Childbirth Preparation

Yes this book was first published in 1998, but it's one of the best out there addressing the spirituality of giving birth. Birthing From Within offers concrete exercises for mentally and emotionally coping with labor pain. This is a classic (even if it's on the woo woo side of things). If you've been all left brain oriented about your pregnancy and childbirth up to this point, give this book a try. You'll likely find it quite soothing and comforting.

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