Week 25: Time to think about feeling your belly for Braxton-Hicks contractions.

BirthWatch Tips
  • If you test positive for gestational diabetes after taking the glucose tolerance test, it's important to control your blood sugar with healthy foods and plenty of exercise. Many women find they feel much healthier with more energy by following a high-protein, no-refined-sugar diet to control their gestational diabetes.
  • Your uterus is big enough now to make you feel dizzy if you lie on Your back. If you get dizzy, lie on Your side or place a rolled up towel under Your right hip to displace the uterus off Your veins that return blood to Your heart.
  • You may be feeling more Braxton-Hicks contractions. Usually painless, these tightening sensations help the uterus grow strong enough to push out the baby. Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn
  • Use pillows and firm cushions to elevate your head and chest while you sleep to prevent heartburn and congestion. March of Dimes
  • Do you know about Childbirth Connection? This group is one of the most trustworthy sources of up-to-date, evidence-based information on pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. Childbirth Connection
  • Watching the "Baby Story" on television is no substitute for good, quality childbirth education classes. The best childbirth classes increase your confidence in your ability to give birth. Good classes allow plenty of time for discussion, sharing concerns, and figuring out what kind of birth you want. You should leave class feeling assured rather than fearful. Lamaze International
  • Time to start your childbirth education series. If you're taking a longer, 8 - 12 week series, it's important to start now so you can finish before your 37th week. Lamaze International

Tips for Week 24

Tips for Week 26

BirthWatch Recommends:

Deliver This!: Make the Childbirth Choice That's Right for You..No Matter What Everyone Else Thinks

I'm a huge fan of this book. By using story telling and offering women's viewpoints from across the spectrum of choices and experiences, Marisa Cohen helps women understand WHY women make the choices they do. If you find yourself flat-out confused by why some women intend on birthing in a certain way, give this book a read and take a walk in someone else's shoes to understand their choices.

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