You may be starting your antenatal classes in the next few weeks if you have decided that is something you want to do. This can be an exciting time for many parents-to-be as you edge closer to the birth, but also a great opportunity to meet other couples going through the exact same journey as you. Baby Baby is growing approx. 1cm a week at the moment and you may have noticed is moving lots. You should be quite familiar with the movements of baby as they stretch and turn inside your womb, you may also be noticing quieter times which could last up to 90 minutes as baby gets some respite from all those acrobatics. Your midwife is likely to mention counting kicks as a way to monitor baby’s movements, if you notice a major change to these movements then do contact your midwife or a doctor so they can check everything is ok with baby. Mum Not only is baby pushing down on your stomach but as they grow, they will also be putting extra pressure on your lungs which may leave you feeling a little breathless at times – oh the joys of pregnancy. You may also be struggling to sleep throughout the night even though everyone is now telling you to get your sleep now before baby arrives – easier said than done. You may find yourself up and down emotionally as you get closer to meeting your baby a combination of excitement, nerves, and pregnancy hormones – completely normal and expected. Be kind to yourself and try to go with the flow.
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