The time of anxious waiting has begun. The countdown has begun. In no time would you be holding your beloved in your arms. Holding the baby would take away all the pains you’ve been through.At week 39, your baby is fully developed and anywhere from 17-23 inches long and weighs 6-10 pounds.Researchers have theorized that when babies are ready to be born, they send a chemical signal of androgens to the placenta, which increases the production of estrogen and leads to labor. The baby is the only one who would decide when is it time for labor.
What to pack for labor:
- Your birth plan and maternity notes.
- Dressing gown. This will be useful if you end up pacing hospital corridors in early labor. You'll also need one on the postnatal ward. Hospitals can be very warm, so a lightweight one may be better. A dark color or a busy pattern will help to hide any stains.
- Backless slip-on slippers, easy to get on and off.
- Socks. Believe it or not, your feet can get cold during labor.
- Old nightdress or T-shirt to wear in labor. It will probably get a bit messy, so don't buy anything specially to wear in hospital.
- Lip balm. Your lips can dry out quickly on a warm labor ward.
- Snacks and drinks for you while you are in labor. Isotonic sports drinks are good, or take some glucose tablets to keep you going.
- Things to help you relax or pass the time, such as books, magazines, or a tablet computer.
- Hairbands or a clip. If you have long hair, you may want it tied up.
- Pillows. The hospital might not have enough to make you really comfortable. A V-shaped pillow can give you extra support when breastfeeding your baby.
- Music. Take your MP3 player or a CD player and some CDs.
- Nappies, fuzzy clothes and baby blankets for your angel.
Article verified by Dr. Anupama R, MBBS, DGO, DNM, MNAMS, Infertility IVF Specialist, Pran Fertility and Well Woman Centre, Trivandrum.
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